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Godspeed You! Black Emperor (R.I.P)

by BrooklynVegan Mike

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Efrim from GodspeedWait no longer for another Godspeed record, as it was announced on February 08th that the Montreal post-rockers have split. Citing various reasons, including inter-band tension and the Iraq War, Efrim Menuck reveals in an upcoming interview on Drowned In Sound, that “on a personal level, I now find [Godspeed You! Black Emperor] to be inappropriate.” While there has certainly been no talk of them reforming for some time (they have been on indefinate hiatus since 2003), many people (myself included) had always held out for future releases. It’s a question Efrim gets asked constantly and evidently he chose this interview to put the matter to rest.

Credited with being part of the second wave of post-rock. the group was influential in a number of ways. A couple years ago when Montreal was the “New Seattle,” the BBC did a documentary on the scene and specifically, The Arcade Fire. And many of the people (including Regine from the Arcade Fire and Arlen from Wolf Parade) interviewed cite the group as a major reason why there is a scene at all. They will be missed.

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