Sunday, August 25, 2013

Godspeed! You Black Emperor US Tour: Sept 4 - Oct 26

Quebec's anarcho-instrumental heavy rock collective return! Unfortunately, like their 2011 tour, in which they reappeared from an over a decade long hiatus, and produced the fairly stunning "Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!", Showbox has once again chosen to host this performance at it's Sodo location. That show in all it's brilliance, was made near-abysmal by the venue, it's lack of any kind of character or ambiance, and distinctly rotten acoustics. So for all my enthusiasm for their reinvigorated musical output and decades of memorable live shows... I may be sitting this one out. That said, what better way to build anticipation for Godspeed! You Black Emperor's coming September tour (especially for those who will be seeing the show in another city) than a rare and extended interview from them by Maddy Costa, "You make Music for the King and his Court, or for the Serfs Outside the Walls", presented in all it's hyper-linked political glory in the pages of the Guardian UK.