Godspeed You Black Emperor
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  • Black Emperor is definitely a man called Efrim

    • by limonar
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      Together with Mogwai back in the early 1990s, Godspeed You! Black Emperor was the team of musicians that made post-rock into a musical genre of its own, taking a bit of influence from a bands like Slint and Savage Republic. They have never declared themselves as a “band” by definition, because in their philosophy, the music is often put aside when too much attention is put on those performing it. On their live performances, they always had as little light

      as possible, putting the audiences’ attention all to the music itself.

      They never introduced themselves or had any attention put to the individuals. They are a fellowship of musicians and always wanted to be clear on that fact.

      However, they always screened cinematic material on the live shows. These were filmed by members of the “ensemble”.

      Even though he denies it, the most influential “mind” behind Godspeed You! Black Emperor is definitely a man called Efrim. He and all the ...


      • others are originally from Canada.

        The impact their music had on the independent music world was enormous back in the 1990s and still is today, even though the post-rock has separated into countless different musical directions. Their way of making rock music float on marvellous usage of classical instruments and turn into some kind of modern psychedelic symphony is just beyond this world.

        Late last year it came to everyone’s attention Godspeed You! Black Emperor was going to break up

        as an ensemble, or at least not performing any live shows or release any further albums. It proved the individuals, who all have had side projects next to Godspeed (including A Silver Mt.

        Zion, Do Make Say Think, Exhaust and Esmerine) was too important in the end. I don’t know the exact reasons of the breakup, but there must be some reason it occurred.

        However, Godspeed You! Black Emperor will always remain one of my absolute favorites musicians, individuals or not.




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