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We are delighted to announce our first release of 2018 will be the second solo record by Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thee Silver Mt. Zion co-founder Efrim Manuel Menuck.
 
Pissing Stars is the brilliantly intense follow-up to Menuck’s 2011 solo debut Plays “High Gospel” and the first new material with Efrim as central songwriter and vocalist since 2014’s acclaimed Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything from his chamber-punk-rock band Thee Silver Mt. Zion.
 
Pissing Stars will be out 02 February 2018.
 
 


 
Preorders for digital and deluxe 180g vinyl editions are now available via BANDCAMP
, where your preorder is accompanied by immediate download of “LxOxVx/Shelter In Place”, the cathartic and devastating track Menuck is sharing from the album:
 
 
The vinyl edition can also be preordered from the Constellation webshop, where you’ll find several preorder links for UK/EU indie stores we’ve partnered with to help fans in that region save on the expensive shipping costs of sending these from our Montréal warehouse.
 
 
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EFRIM MANUEL MENUCK SOLO SHOWS
 
06.02.18 Sainte-Hyacinthe QC @ Zaricot
07.02.18 Québec QC @ Le Cercle
08.02.18 Montréal QC @ Bar “Le Ritz” P.D.B.
10.02.18 Toronto ON @ Double Double Land

 
 
Efrim Manuel Menuck has much-deserved cult status among fans of political punk, post-rock and avant-noise songcraft alike, and celebrates 25 years of unflinching and uncompromising sonic output with Pissing Stars, wherein he launches acerbic darts, impassioned salvos and fragile flowers into gusts of noise-battered song built around pulsing maximalist electronics and drone, composed on modular synthesizer and guitar, shot through with alternately plaintive, chilling, often processed vocals. Pissing Stars is Menuck at his most vulnerable and his most adventurous – with a timely narrative framework that only he could conjure:

PISSING STARS is inspired by the brief romance of american television presenter MARY HART and MOHAMMED KHASHOGGI, the son of a saudi arms dealer. i don’t know how long their union endured, but i remember reading about them when i was a desperate teenager – there was something about their pairing that got caught in my head. i was living in a flooded basement with two other lost kids and a litter of feral kittens. we were all unfed. this strange intersection – the televisual blonde and the rich saudi kid with the murderous father; it got stuck in me like a mystery, like an illumination- this vulgar pairing that was also love. these privileged scions of death and self-alienation, but also love. i’ve carried it in me for 3 decades now, this obscure memory, and i return to it often, tracing its edges like a worn talisman. this record is about the dissolution of their relationship, and the way that certain stubborn lights endure. this record was made in dark corners between 2016 and 2017. a very rough pair of years, shot thru with fatigue, depression, despair, and too many cigarettes and too much booze. but also = the giddiness of enervation, and the strange liberation of being emptied – borne aloft and carried by the drift. the world continues its eternal collapsing, fires everywhere and everything drained of meaning. this record was made in various states of unease, with a brittle heart and a clear intent. like running towards a cliff with 2 swinging knives, roaring with an idiot grin. overcome and overjoyed. this record is about the end of love and the beginning of love. this record is about the dissolution of the state, and all of us trapped beneath, and the way that certain stubborn lights endure. – ExMxMx
 

The Pissing Stars LP edition is an audiophile 180 gram pressing on midnight ultra-black vinyl that comes in a 350gsm jacket with artworked inner dust sleeve and a killer 12″x18″ art poster, all printed on matte/uncoated papers and boards, with all artwork by Menuck.
 
 
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