With their general ‘fuck you, establishment!’ attitude, the incredible Canadian collective GodSpeed You! Black Emperor were probably the most metal post-rock band ever. They never gave interviews, and hated pretty much everything mainstream. Even knowing who the hell they were used to be pretty kvlt.

Their work is exceptional, without exception. Their EP Slow Riot for New Zerø Kanada is one of my favourite pieces of music ever. Ever.

Unfortunatley in 2003 came those two dreaded words that every fan fears: ‘indefinite hiatus’. Usually this actually means a band is broken up, and is just in self denial. Indeed, most of the members went on to form other bands. A Silver Mt. Zion. Set Fire To Flames. Esmerine. Fly Pan Am. Literally dozens.

There was even a rumour a couple of years ago that the break up was official, although it was vehemently denied.

Anyway, get to the point.

My point is that Godspeed, in true Godspeed fashion, have defied convention and are indeed reforming.

Oh hell yeah.

The announcement came last week that Godspeed will be curating the All Tomorrow’s Parties Nightmare Before Christmas festival at Butlins from December 3rd-5th this year. Not only will they be performing on all three nights, but those of you unable to make it, we have some good news. Here’s the official statement.


after a decade’s retreat, god’s pee has decided to roll again.

we are, as always, stoked, stubborn and petrified.

it’s been awhile, and left in the rain, the brakes have rusted and seized- we’ll have to go at it with hammers probably, with elbow grease and with fury, just like the old days all over again.  we look forward to it.  also, moya’s back in the fold (hallelujah!)

what we’ve been up to since the last time= a handful of other bands, and solitary roadtrips and wanderings, a couple of recording studios built, and a restaurant and 3 live venues also.  a film soundtrack and 4 new kids and 3 new dogs.  dead-end jobs.  some farming and vegetable gardens.  a small record label.  acupuncture as a livelihood. and three of us just stayed on the road.

current plans= a.t.p.u.k., a handful of british and european shows, and then 9 american towns.
until further introspection, WE WILL NOT BE FIELDING ANY OTHER OFFERS.  nor will we be doing any interviews.  inquiries directed to band, record label, or bookers will not be guaranteed a reply.  alls we really want to do is the thing we do, heads down and leaned into the squall.

between now and the live-dates, there’ll be rivers of noise and distraction. and the internet is a petty tyrannical monster.  please remember that really all that matters is the keep on keeping on.  and all that really matters is the shows.  and physical engagement in the world.  and folks like us and folks like you.  thanks for understanding, and thank you for still listening.

see you next winter.

xoxoxox godspeed you! black emperor

This is pretty exciting stuff. It’s not technically metal (not even untechnically, if I’m honest), but it’s so monumental that I thought it deserved a mention.

So, London, Houston and Pikeville then boys..?

I love this year.

– CG


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