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Godspeed You! Black Emperor @ ATP NY (more by Erik Erikson)
Godspeed

Constellation are...

...proud to announce the first new recordings by Godspeed You! Black Emperor in a decade. Featuring two twenty-minute slabs of epic instrumental rock music and two six-and-a-half minute drones, 'ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND! provides soaring, shining proof of the band's powerful return to form.?

Having emerged from hiatus at the end of 2010, GYBE picked up right where they left off, immediately re-capturing the sound and material that had fallen dormant in 2003 and driving it forward with every show of their extensive touring over the last 18 months. The new album presents the fruits of that labour: evolved and definitive versions of two huge compositions previously known to fans as "Albanian" and "Gamelan", now properly titled as "MLADIC" and "WE DRIFT LIKE WORRIED FIRE" respectively. Accompanied by the new drones (stitched into the album sequence on CD; cut separately on their own 7" for the LP version), GYBE have offered up a fifth album that we feel is as absolutely vital, virulent, honest and heavy as anything in their discography.
The good news is continued, with tracklist, cover art and tour dates, below...

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Constellation

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We don't have much time for mythology, but we'd be lying if we said the return of Godspeed You! Black Emperor in 2010 didn't signify a whole lot to us as a marker from which to look back on the past decade, to reflect on what's been gained or lost within the confines of independent music culture and what's been gained or lost in the socio-political landscape writ large. Godspeed's music will do that to you. It is music that bears witness to, channels and transforms this predominantly terrible, infuriating, venal and nihilistically sad story we're all living, sharing, resisting, protesting, deconstructing and trying to change for the better. We think GYBE has once again provided a uniquely moving and compelling soundtrack for these acts of analysis, defiance and ascension.

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Hard to believe a full decade has passed since the release of Yanqui U.X.O., the last album by GYBE. Never a band to care for conventional industry wisdom, Yanqui was released shortly before xmas 2003 with little publicity and no press availability, no marketing plans or cross-promotions or brand synergies, with back cover artwork tracing the inextricable links between major music labels and the military-industrial complex. Driven by word-of-mouth from a passionate and committed fanbase galvanized by the group's sonic vision and its dedication to unmediated, unsullied musical communication, the album found it's rightful audience.

To suggest that such simple principles and goals have become harder to maintain and enact a decade later is an understatement. For all the contents and discontents - for all the "content" - of our present cultural moment, the idea of circumventing the glare of exposure, the massaging of media cycles and the calculus of identity management appears quaint, if not futile.

But Godspeed is looking to try all the same. The band wants people to care about this new album, without telling people they should or talking about themselves. They want to hold on to some part of that energy that comes with the thrill of anonymous discovery and unmediated transmission, knowing full well that these days, anti-strategy risks being tagged as a strategy, non-marketing framed as its opposite, and deeply held principles they consider fundamental to health as likely to be interpreted as just another form of stealth.

Truly, thanks for being open to hearing it.

Release date: 15 October 2012 (Europe), 16 October 2012 (rest of world)
Running time: 53:09

PACKAGING NOTES
CD comes in a custom gatefold jacket printed on 100% recycled paperboard in 4-colour process plus spot metallic ink and spot matte varnish. CD dust sleeve is also 4-colour print.

LP is pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl at Optimal (Germany) and comes in a tipped-on heavyweight gatefold jacket printed in full-colour process plus a spot metallic ink and spot matte varnish. LP dust sleeve is also 4-colour print. Package includes a 7 inch in printed dust sleeve (same audio appears in a different sequence on the CD) and a 12"x48" pull-out poster (printed full colour on both sides) featuring a collage of film stills specially-photographed and captured from the GYBE live 16mm projections.

TRACKLIST
1. MLADIC
2. THEIR HELICOPTERS' SING
3. WE DRIFT LIKE WORRIED FIRE
4. STRUNG LIKE LIGHTS AT THEE PRINTEMPS ERABLE

CREDITS
PERSONNEL
Thierry Amar, David Bryant, Bruce Cawdron, Aidan Girt, Efrim Manuel Menuck, Michael Moya, Mauro Pezzente, Sophie Trudeau, Karl Lemieux.


Tracks 1 and 3 recorded at Hotel2Tango by Howard Bilerman. Tracks 2 and 4 recorded at the band's jamspace, mixed by Amar, Menuck, Bryant and Moya at The Pines.

Mastered by Harris Newman at Greymarket.

Cover photograph by Charles-André Coderre. Burnt 16mm frames by Karl Lemieux, re-photographed by Yannick Grandmont. "Atonal Canada" photo by Timothy Herzog. Others images by Bryant/Menuck/Lemieux.


Godspeed You! Black Emperor -- 2012 Tour Dates
01.10.12 Boston, US Orpheum Theatre
02.10.12 Philadelphia, US Union Transfer
03.10.12 Baltimore, US Rams Head Live
04.10.12 Carrboro, US Cats Cradle
05.10.12 Atlanta, US Buckhead Theatre
06.10.12 Birmingham,AL, US Bottletree
07.10.12 New Orleans, US Tipitinas
09.10.12 Austin, US The Mohawk
10.10.12 Austin, US The Mohawk
11.10.12 Dallas, US Granada Theatre
12.10.12 Nashville, US Cannery Ballroom
13.10.12 Louisville, US Headliners Music Hall
14.10.12 Detroit, US Majestic Theatre
15.10.12 Buffalo, NY, US Town Ballroom
28.10.12 Porto, PT Amplifest
30.10.12 Madrid, ES Teatro Kapital
31.10.12 Barcelona, ES Sala Apolo
01.11.12 Bordeaux, FR Le Rocher de Palmer
02.11.12 Nantes, FR Lieu Unique - Soy Festival
03.11.12 Lille, FR La Condition Publique
04.11.12 London, UK Kentish Town Forum
05.11.12 London, UK Kentish Town Forum
07.11.12 Brussels, BE Cirque Royal
08.11.12 Berlin, DE SO36
09.11.12 Berlin, DE SO36
10.11.12 Dresden, DE Reithalle
11.11.12 Prague, CZ Lucerna Music
12.11.12 Vienna, AT Arena
14.11.12 Ljubljana, SL Kino Siska
w/ Dirty Three
15.11.12 Zurich, CH Rote Fabrik
16.11.12 Bern, CH Dachstock Reitschule
13.02.13 Brisbane, AU The Tivoli Theatre
14.02.13 Sydney, AU The Enmore
15.02.13 Melbourne, AU Forum Melbourne
16.02.13 Alton, AU ATP's I'll Be Your Mirror

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Comments (44)

wow this is great

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 11:23 PM

Started looking for tickets, then realized they snubbed NYC.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 11:29 PM

They didn't snub NYC dumbass, they started the tour here at ATP.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 11:42 PM

New Orleans!!!!

Posted by Como fazer linguiça | October 1, 2012 11:45 PM

Jack White sucks

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 11:47 PM

I hate the title... but this post has made me quite erect nonetheless

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 12:00 AM

11:29, you sir are a fucking moron

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 12:17 AM

Hope they come back around for a non-festival show. The Church of St Paul the Apostle show a year or 2 ago was phenomenal.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 12:30 AM

They were GREAT at ATP..and cant wait to see them in Philly tonight

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 12:43 AM

In other news, the screaming females are playing a secret show at the bushwick hummus shop

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 1:29 AM

"They were GREAT at ATP."

You obviously did not see them at the church show in the city last year. Now that was sincerely great as opposed to ATP which was far less than great sound, atmosphere and performance wise

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 1:48 AM

I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE HOW THE LYRICS READ!

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 2:32 AM

waw is great

Posted by Arab Ladies | October 2, 2012 2:43 AM

On sale at their shows now.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 6:11 AM

1:48 did not see them at ATP.
Keep your pie hole shut, son.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 6:35 AM

Saw GYBE at another venue recently, which wasn't that good. (next time you come to my hood, I want you to play the hits motherfuckers)

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 7:05 AM

^ flyover Fred

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 7:13 AM

I would be more interested in a show from Cheddar Cheese and the Hot Dogs -- a band with real "taste"!

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 8:25 AM

I would be more interested in a new album from Cheddar Cheese and the Hot Dogs -- a band with real "taste."

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 8:25 AM

8:25 posted twice but it was the first funny comment I've seem on here in a while. Don't care about GSYBE.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 8:32 AM

"You obviously did not see them at the church show in the city last year. Now that was sincerely great as opposed to ATP which was far less than great sound, atmosphere and performance wise"

GY!BE sounds great EVERYWHERE! Sure some places clearly have better acoustics than others, but they never sound bad or less than incredible. I've seen them play everywhere from a Chinese banquet hall to a huge cavernous hangar (ATP) and each performance has been awesome in its own right.

ps - F--k you for acting like a dick and talking down to people!

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 8:49 AM

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Posted by Sepeda Motor Bebek Injeksi Kencang dan Irit Jupiter Z1 | October 2, 2012 9:06 AM

They were epic in Boston last night. The sound was wonderful (as The Orpheum is known for). Lots of new stuff. Whatever it is we say they have, they do "bring it" no matter where they play.

The St Paul the Apostle show in 2010, however blew my doors off. Granted, I sat just below the projectionist, and the church allowed for some fabulous "natural analog" reverb. I left that show thinking we had only moments left to live..... before we all got irradiated in a chain reaction from the winds over the sea of Japan to NYC....

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 9:07 AM

I saw them at St Paul, and the experience was great but for GYBE it was just OK. I was halfway between them and the soundboard, and the sound was just OK - kinda muddy, not ideal by a longshot. I think that most of you people are just enamored with thinking that you are at some special, exclusive show and then you start to pack around the idea to reinforce your own exclusive, want-to-be-significant self view. It really is so much more about you than GYBE. Get over yourselves.

P.S. bring on the vitriol, as I expect ... the truth hurts, and anyone that would act in such a way is far too emotionally fragile to let such a stark true declaration go without an attempt at discrediting. In your hearts though you *know* that what I say is true.

Posted by a GYBE fan | October 2, 2012 9:17 AM

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 9:59 AM

Wow 9:17 is such a brooding, intense character. A true fan for sure. In your heart though you *know* that what I say is true.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 10:03 AM

I went to every show they played in NYC, the second night at the temple and the first night at the churuch were by far the best.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 10:32 AM

Listen. I've been to every show GYBE has ever played, and by definition they're all the best shows GYBE has ever played.

Posted by A prominent member of GYBE. | October 2, 2012 10:41 AM

wow its leaked already!!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 11:44 AM

Will vinyl version include mp3 download???

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 11:57 AM

yes at 11:57

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 11:59 AM

yipeeee!

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 12:22 PM

LOL @ 10:03. Project much?

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 12:54 PM

YAWN

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 2:24 PM

11:57 yes it will but apparently either the vinyl they are selling on tour right now does not have the card or it won't be active till the 15th.

That is why only a vinyl rip has leaked.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 2:56 PM

@917am - i think the st paul show was phenomenal. but also, i walked around a bit to find the best sound...sound was very good in most areas of the church...but some spots were better than others.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 3:41 PM

just listened to it on youtube, it is phenomenal.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 6:35 PM

I have seen GYBE at the Bowery Ballroom, St. Paul and Big Sur, and IMHO St. Paul had the best sound.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 7:14 PM

Great in Philly. Vinyl edition is a pleasure to behold. $20 is a steal.

St. Paul was great...saw them in 03 @ 9:30, and I felt sitting near soundboard/projectionist, I had a great audio experience.

Union Transfer sounded great tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 3:06 AM

I wasn't saying St. Paul was a bad experience, or that the sound was atrocious. I was saying that in my experience it was not the I-can-die-now, If-you-weren't-there-you-suck experience that the "pack" likes to convey. Once again, the sound was at times muddy.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 8:19 AM

There's a recording of St. Paul on archive.org if you really want to test your claims.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 8:47 AM

I'm laughing at the frowny baby in the picture and all of the people who take him and his band seriously.

Posted by Yahoo Registration | November 25, 2012 3:54 AM

Complete BS. They're scared. Homeboy who ran that Africa scam got word that their were a few hard pipe-hitting hipsters waiting for him.

Posted by Blackberry z10 Price | February 3, 2013 9:29 PM

I'm loving their new ablum.

Posted by mike | July 14, 2013 3:26 PM

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