Godspeed You! Black Emperor
G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END!
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Release date: 02 April 2021
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and then recorded it in masks later, distanced at the beginning of the second wave.
it was autumn, and the falling sun was impossibly fat and orange.
we tried to summon a brighter reckoning there,
bent beneath varied states of discomfort, worry and wonderment.
we fired up the shortwave radios again, for the first time in a long time.
and found that many things had changed.
the apocalypse pastors were still there, but yelling END TIMES NOW where they once yelled "end times soon".
and the transmission-detritus of automated militaries takes up more bandwidth now,
so that a lot of frequencies are just pulses of rising white static,
digital codexes announcing the status of various watching and killing machines.
and the ham-radio dads talk to each other all night long.
about their dying wives and what they ate for lunch and what they'll do with their guns when antifa comes.
this record is about all of us waiting for the end.
all current forms of governance are failed.
this record is about all of us waiting for the beginning,
and is informed by the following demands=
empty the prisons
take power from the police and give it to the neighbourhoods that they terrorise.
end the forever wars and all other forms of imperialism.
tax the rich until they're impoverished.
much love to all the other lost and lovely ones,
these are death-times and our side has to win.
we'll see you on the road once the numbers fall.
xoxoxox god's pee
montreal, quebec, kanada
1 march, 2021
"There are few outfits better suited to produce an album during a global pandemic than Godspeed You! Black Emperor... [Producer] Jace Lasek has done a tremendous job making the band's seventh full-length come to brilliant, vibrant life. On G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END! Godspeed has created a perfect soundtrack for these strange times." – The Skinny ★★★★
"The last twelve months have felt very Godspeed You! Black Emperor. As does this record... For all the existential dread contained therein, G_d’s Pee… also includes moments of elegiac beauty, as on shorter tracks “Fire At Static Valley” and the exquisite “OUR SIDE HAS TO WIN (for D.H.)”. Resisting social media and releasing just two grainy press shots in a quarter of a century, Godspeed remain wary of the mainstream. But as the world spins inexorably towards tipping point, they’ve never sounded as central to their times." – Kerrang!
Just as STATE’S END summons the gamut of Godspeed’s constituent sonic trademarks, so the album artwork spans the entirety of the band’s visual history: the grainy monochromatic photography of recent releases finds its way onto the inner sleeves, while the gatefold cover art harkens back to the iconic graphics of earlier classic records like Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada and Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven. STATE’S END features illustrations by William Schmiechen, with the front cover taijitu flowers and back cover tear gas canisters rendered in raised thermographic black ink on the double-vinyl album jacket. The illuminated cross from Godspeed’s debut F#A#∞ also makes a reappearance on the inside gatefold drawing, in recurrent homage to the electrified hilltop landmark crucifix of the band’s Montréal hometown.
STATE’S END was recorded and mixed in Montréal in October 2020 at the group’s homebase studio Thee Mighty Hotel2Tango by Jace Lasek, the veteran award-winning indie producer (and co-founder of The Besnard Lakes) who works with Godspeed for the first time on this recording.
Thanks for listening. OUR SIDE HAS TO WIN. (R.I.P. D.H.)
Aidan Girt – sitting drums and standing drums
David Bryant – electric guitars, mg-1
Efrim Manuel Menuck – electric guitars, op-1, radios
Mauro Pezzente – electric bass
Michael Moya – electric guitars
Sophie Trudeau – violins and organ
Thierry Amar – electric bass and upright bass
Timothy Herzog – sitting drums and standing drums, glockenspiel
Karl Lemieux and Philippe Leonard – 16mm projections
Recorded and mixed by Jace Lasek.
Tracked live at Thee Mighty Motel2Tango, 6-11 Oct 2020. Edits and overdubs 12-18 Oct 2020.
Mastered by Harris Newman at Greymarket, Montreal.
Illustrations by William Schmiechen.