Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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Discography


Godspeed You! Black Emperor released a string of albums from 1997-2002 widely recognized as redefining what protest music can be, where longform instrumental chamber rock compositions of immense feeling and power serve as soundtracks to late capitalist alienation and resistance. The band’s first four releases—especially 
F#A#∞ (1997) and Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven (2000)—are variously regarded as classics of the era and genre. Godspeed's legendary live performances, featuring multiple 16mm projectors beaming a collage of overlapping analog film loops and reels—along with the distinctive iconography, imagery and tactility of the band's album artwork and physical LP packages— further defines the sui generis aesthetic substance, ethos and mythos of this group. GY!BE has issued two official band photos in its 25-year existence (the second, left, a 2010 recreation of the first from 1997) and has done a half-dozen collectively-answered written interviews over that same span. The band has never had a website or social media accounts. It has never made a video. Few rock bands in our 21st century have been as steadfast in trying to let the work speak for itself and maintaining simple rules about minimising participation in cultures of personality, exposure, access, commodification or co-optation.

Following a seven-year hiatus that began in 2003, Godspeed returned to the stage in December 2010 (curating the UK festival All Tomorrow’s Parties) and the band’s post-reunion period has now lasted over a decade, marked by hundreds of sold-out live shows and three additional albums, all of which have been met with high acclaim.

G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END! – the band’s fourth post-reunion album (and eighth overall) – is out 02 April 2021.

 

Live Dates

13 Jul 2022 - Istanbul, TR @Harbiye Open Air Theater 

15 Jul 2022 - Athens, GR @The Acropolis

27-28 Aug 2022 - Pasadena, CA @This Ain’t No Picnic 

17 Sep 2022 - Coventry, UK @HMV Empire 

18 Sep 2022 - Glasgow, UK @The Barrowland 

19 Sep 2022 - Bristol, UK @Marble Factory

20 Sep 2022 - London, UK @Electric Ballroom 

21 Sep 2022 - London, UK @Electric Ballroom

22 Sep 2022 - London, UK @Electric Ballroom

23 Sep 2022 - Manchester, UK @Manchester Academy 

25 Sep 2022 - Paris, FR @Elysée Montmartre 

26 Sep 2022 - Brussels, BE @Botanique

27 Sep 2022 - Leipzig, DE @Felsenkeller 

28 Sep 2022 - Berlin, DE @Astra Kulturhaus

29 Sep 2022 - Munich, DE @Muffathalle

30 Sep 2022 - Zurich, CH @Aktionshalle 

01 Oct 2022 - Bologna, IT @Estragon

03 Oct 2022 - Rome, IT @Atlantico

04 Oct 2022 - Milano, IT @Alcatraz

05 Oct 2022 - Clermont Ferrand, FR @La Cooperative de Mai

06 Oct 2022 - Bordeaux, FR @Krakatoa

08 Oct 2022 - Toulouse, FR @Bikini

09 Oct 2022 - Barcelona, ES @AMFest

10 Oct 2022 - Zaragoza, ES @Zaragoza Fest

11 Oct 2022 - Valencia, ES @Sala Republicca

12 Oct 2022 - Madrid, ES @Sala But

13 Oct 2022 - Bilbao, ES @Sala Santana 27

15 Oct 2022 - Porto, PT @Amplifest

09 Apr 2023 - Amsterdam, NL @Paradiso

10 Apr 2023 - Diksmuide, BE @4AD

11 Apr 2023 - Lille, FR @L'Aéronef

12 Apr 2023 - Rennes, FR @Le MeM

14 Apr 2023 - Lyon, FR @Le Transbordeur

17 Apr 2023 - Karlsruhe, DE @Substage

18 Apr 2023 - Cologne, DE @Kantine 

21 Apr 2023 - Copenhagen, DK @Vega

22 Apr 2023 - Aarhus, DK @Voxhall