Godspeed You! Black Emperor to Reunite

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Montreal, Canada’s apocalyptic collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor has decided to reunite to curate All Tomorrow’s Parties’ Nightmare Before Christmas, held at the Butlins Holiday Centre in Minehead, England this year. The event, held yearly in the UK, will feature bands that Godspeed chooses, including Bardo Pond, The Ex, Deerhoof, Tim Hecker, Mike Watt and Scout Niblett. Godspeed will play a set each night as well. The reunion comes seven years after the band parted ways in 2003, calling it an indefinite hiatus. The band said “After a decade's retreat, god's pee has decided to roll again. We are, as always, stoked, stubborn, and petrified. It's been a while, and left in the rain the brakes have rusted and seized - we'll have to go it with a hammer probably, with elbow grease and with fury, just like the old days all over again. We look forward to it". The band stated that since the break up they have taken part in, “a handful of other bands and solitary roadtrips and wonderings, a couple of recording studios [have been] built, and a restaurant and three live venues also". One member was said to have taken up acupuncture as a living since the hiatus began. The band’s reunion will luckily not just be isolated to ATP, it seems there will be a handful of European shows, and, at this time, nine US shows. The band made a point of saying that, “Until further introspection, WE WILL NOT BE FIELDING ANY OTHER OFFERS,” for new shows, and they won’t be holding any interviews either. Sounds like the band is back in full form already. This is great news for those of us who miss Godspeed’s apocalyptic beauty, but here’s to hoping that the nine US dates aren’t too impossible to reach from my corner of the planet. Until the winter comes, remind yourself of how epic this band is… Here’s a snippet of my favorite song, Sleep: Here’s some other goodness:


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