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Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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Montreal, Canada (1994 – 2003, 2010 – present)

Godspeed You! Black Emperor (formerly punctuated Godspeed You Black Emperor! and abbreviated to GY!BE, GYBE or Godspeed) is a Canadian band based in Montreal, Quebec.

Formed in 1994 in Montreal, Canada, the band has been highly influential within the genre. Working with orchestrated arrangements, the nine-piece group created tracks with wide dynamic ranges, a highly evocative use of instrumentation and sounds and uncompromising long form compositions. Their engrossing use of art and visuals in both album packaging and live performances creates an enigmatic aura.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor took their name from a little known 1976 Japanese black-and-white documentary by director Mitsuo Yanagimachi, which follows the exploits of a Japanese biker gang, the Black Emperors.

They are most commonly classified as post-rock, but are just as well recognized outside any established scene and take influences from a range of styles including , , music, composition and the . Each release usually consists of an entire piece divided into movements, mostly between 15 and 25 minutes, sometimes eponymously specified in the liner notes.

GY!BE, although formed around 1994 with three members, had as many as fifteen members but tended to have a core group of nine. Their instrumentation varied with the lineup but the music is mostly based around electric and bass guitars, as well as a string and a percussion section.

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  • winterlet

    how i'd love to see them in iceland.

    4 hours ago Reply
  • homesickhuman

    although that would be lovely too

    25 Nov 3:48pm Reply
  • homesickhuman

    nein, right one

    25 Nov 3:47pm Reply
  • Ende-Neu

    .. wrong shoutbox.

    25 Nov 12:30pm Reply
  • homesickhuman

    fuck, going to Iceland was already a dream coming true... and now i'll see them for the first time live... damn, too good to be true

    25 Nov 12:51am Reply
  • strawsmoke

    Please come to anchorage!

    24 Nov 6:52am Reply
  • qwertyuiasdfg

    Genius band

    21 Nov 9:35pm Reply
  • Ende-Neu

    .. 3rd world content.

    21 Nov 12:06pm Reply
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    20 Nov 9:57pm Reply
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    19 Nov 1:56pm Reply
  • bulletaurbulle

    3rd world continent

    15 Nov 1:58pm Reply
  • jakester18

    Europe :sadcam:

    15 Nov 5:57am Reply
  • arenescu

    Thank you, Widespread_Village

    12 Nov 10:52pm Reply
  • Anamnesis-

    v You deserve at least 50 dollars for this post.

    10 Nov 6:15pm Reply
  • Toll_Suur

    Both "F#A#..." and "Lift Your Skinny Fists..." are incredible journeys through all possible dimensions.. And, you know what, while LYSFLATH is a long, hard, but so fulfilling path which is just impossible to overcome every day, which gives you emotions for weeks ahead and often turns you squeezed (a kind of mountain trip in snowy winter), "Infinity" seems to be a slow flight over dark cities, lonesome lost buildings, silent forests, seas full of sorrow by those, who has gone.... under. Sometimes it grows into a flight over the universe.... and every time I fall into it.... like a daydream, or a fever

    10 Nov 6:02pm Reply
  • PrettyinNoise

    http://www.prettyinnoise.de/godspeed-you-black-emperor-tour-2015.html

    10 Nov 5:14pm Reply
  • Universal_City

    Here's your daily dose, scu

    10 Nov 11:55am Reply
  • WorldsEndKratos

    Beyond words...

    8 Nov 1:55pm Reply
  • arenescu

    Where is Laika help

    7 Nov 7:35pm Reply
  • CS_Cuillere

    Sleep is a noun.

    7 Nov 11:07am Reply
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