Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Photo: Yannick Grandmont

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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, below, 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

12 Jan 2022 – Diksmuide, BE @ 4AD

13 Jan 2022 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

14 Jan 2022 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique

15 Jan 2022 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique

16 Jan 2022 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom

17 Jan 2022 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom

19 Jan 2022 – Bristol, UK @ SWX

20 Jan 2022 – Coventry, UK @ Empire

21 Jan 2022 – Glasgow, UK @ The Barrowland

22 Jan 2022 – Manchester, UK @ University Academy I

24 Jan 2022 – Rennes, FR @ Le MeM

25 Jan 2022 – Paris, FR @ Elysée Montmartre

26 Jan 2022 – Clermont Ferrand, FR @ La Coopérative de Mai

27 Jan 2022 – Nancy, FR @ L'Autre Canal

28 Jan 2022 – Bern, CH @ Dachstock Reitschule

31 Jan 2022 – Karlsruhe, DE @ Substage

01 Feb 2022 – Cologne, DE @ Kantine

02 Feb 2022 – Berlin, DE @ Huxleys

04 Feb 2022 – St. Petersburg, RU @ Aurora

05 Feb 2022 – Moscow, RU @ Club 1930

25 Feb 2022 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater

26 Feb 2022 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre

27 Feb 2022 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf

01 Mar 2022 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

02 Mar 2022 – San Diego, CA @ The Music Box

03 Mar 2022 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco

04 Mar 2022 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre

05 Mar 2022 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom

06 Mar 2022 – Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater

08 Mar 2022 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market

09 Mar 2022 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre

10 Mar 2022 – Victoria, BC @ Capital Ballroom

11 Mar 2022 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre

12 Mar 2022 – Kelowna, BC @ Kelowna Community Theatre

14 Mar 2022 – Calgary, AB @ Palace Theatre

15 Mar 2022 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall

17 Mar 2022 – Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre

18 Mar 2022 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave

19 Mar 2022 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

20 Mar 2022 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

15 Apr 2022 – Woodstock, NY @ Levon Helm Studios

16 Apr 2022 – Northampton, MA @ Academy of Music

18 Apr 2022 – Fairfield, CT @ The Warehouse

19 Apr 2022 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

21 Apr 2022 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

22 Apr 2022 – Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall

23 Apr 2022 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

24 Apr 2022 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

25 Apr 2022 – Richmond, VA @ The National

26 Apr 2022 – Carborro, NC @ Cat's Cradle

28 Apr 2022 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham

30 Apr 2022 – Pelham, TN @ The Caverns

03 May 2022 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue

04 May 2022 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom

05 May 2022 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre

07 May 2022 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre