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Band: Godspeed You Black Emperor!

Postby SchnappM on Thu Nov 20, 2003 9:30 pm

Band: GY!BE

I like 'em.
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Postby lostboy on Thu Nov 20, 2003 9:35 pm

not crap. they seem to have become the critics' favorite punching bag lately, but every time i put their album on they succeed in moving me. i honestly don't understand why there's been a huge critical backlash against them already. they only have three full albums out!
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Postby Dylan on Fri Nov 21, 2003 9:37 am

People keep telling me I won't like them, but I do. Maybe if I owned an album or two, 'twould be different.

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Postby yushbombn on Sat Dec 20, 2003 6:39 pm

im gonna say not crap because they are really good.... BUT i almost said not crap as i find it a bit hypocritical to profess their anti-industry/anti-capitaslist philosophy and then go and sell a song for a car ad (tho most of you wont know about this as i live in the UK and it was on TV here)... and the song east hastings was in the film '28 days later', but i guess that aint so bad...
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Postby djanes1 on Sun Dec 21, 2003 1:34 am

Well, not crap because they have a good sound.

But, some annoying things about them is the fact that each song uses the same formula over and over and the hypocracy stuff that someone else already pointed out. I also get annoyed that they need like 10 people to create their music, and all the hipster attitude involved with them.
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Postby slowriot on Sat Dec 27, 2003 1:16 pm

i try and distance myself from political bands and godspeed is about as blatantly leftist as anyone alive, which sucks, but the music is too good not to listen to.

i saw them in new york and efrim made this big speech about killing "the man" with hammers, and marching on washington and tearing down the capitol building, so i just stared at the ground and tried not to listen until the next song started.
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Postby djanes1 on Sat Dec 27, 2003 3:30 pm

slowriot, your screen name isn't a GYBE reference?
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Postby slowriot on Sat Dec 27, 2003 9:00 pm

yeah i just realized that too. completely didn't notice.

i'm such a douche bag.
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Postby Angry_Dragon on Thu Feb 03, 2005 9:05 pm

On record: NOT CRAP
Seeing them live: It's like seeing angels in hell. AMAZING
Better yet, eat the placenta!!!
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Postby gio on Thu Feb 03, 2005 9:13 pm

slowriot wrote:i saw them in new york and efrim made this big speech about killing "the man" with hammers, and marching on washington and tearing down the capitol building


Ha! Aren't they canadian?
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Postby Maurice on Thu Feb 03, 2005 9:15 pm

I really dug them live in 2000, and was moved by lift yr skinny fists.... I caught them live again in, oh, the fall of 2003? Early 2004? And I thought, "I like pie, too, but after eating it for three hours straight I'd really want to do something else."

This was a show at a local university, and Efrim was haranguing the audience, telling them to put down their books, turn off their computers, and drop out to "look for some real answers." Leftist/anarchist they may be, but this struck me as an offensive boho-elitism. Sure, sure, Ef, you go ahead and travel the world with your pure band, selling your music to car commercials and whatnot. You're not the one with the five- or six-figure academic debt staring you in the face.

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Postby capnreverb on Thu Feb 03, 2005 9:40 pm

A one trick pony thats always up for a good ride.

By the way, hearing about them moralizing live reminds me of charles gayle moralizing about abortion etc. live.

Whatever.

Like Rage Against the Machine peddling $30 che geurva T-Shirts.
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Postby patrick md on Thu Feb 03, 2005 9:45 pm

NOT CRAP

I find I particularly like the music when

a) stoned

b) toiling, performing tasks that take forever, coding web pages, making xlr cables, working in photoshop, etc.

like others have said, i try to distance myself from the political mumbo jumbo. a lot of it seems to be preaching to the quire already, so i don't want to hear a lot of jibba jabba about it.
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Postby horsewhip on Thu Feb 03, 2005 11:35 pm

Not Crap, but as Mr. Reverb pointed out, they are a one-trick pony. Still tons better than Mogwai, though.
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Postby Heliotropic on Mon Jul 31, 2006 1:08 am

I really enjoy them, but I find the field recordings a bit trying at times. I also think that they should (if they ever reform) write shorter (not much shorter, perhaps 11 - 19 minutes in length) songs with more intense crescendoes, because I find many of their songs tend to have sections that are blatantly filler.
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Postby Christopher_Dragon on Mon Jul 31, 2006 1:23 am

As far as the their 'political mumbo jumbo' goes, it should be noted that one reason their side projects don't come around the states often is because they were stopped by the FBI or something on suspicion of being terrorists.
That EP was awesome and part of what made it awesome was that dude's rant.
It used to bring me to tears because the combination of the music and him bitching about America was extremely stirring.
On a side note, I really liked that last record.
It was noisy and no samples.
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Postby Chapter Two on Mon Jul 31, 2006 2:23 am

Not Crap.
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Postby fantasmatical thorr on Mon Jul 31, 2006 4:38 am

when i first heard them, i was stoned out of my tiny mind and it was really quite overwhelming at first, same with silve mt zion. then i saw them live and was ill so was completely sober. i was enthralled and able to check out the set up etc...

i next saw them at atp and it became too intense for my festival brain so i sought a place to lie down and listen but where i thought i saw a huge space to do so, i got there to find it was a sea of bodies doing just what i had intended. i had to get the hell out in the end.

i guess, not crap but i'll never go see them again. too complicated.
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Postby sunlore on Mon Jul 31, 2006 6:27 am

The first one I heard was that Coney Island song off of Skinny Fists I believe. I thought it totally leeched off a fake-o and dishonest sentiment of nostalgia.

"It was Coney Island, they called Coney Island the playground of the world."

They do nothing to counter the sentiment present in those words, or to present it in a new light. They just add to it precisely what you would expect them to add to it. I think GYBE do all that "cinematic" stuff because they somehow lack imagination.

I saw them live and I thought it was really anemic too.

Can't be bothered, sorry.

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