The Verse’s Tom Evans reviews Godspeed You! Black Emperor ahead of their show at Brighton Dome on 23rd October 2017.
Hailing from Montreal, Canada Godspeed You! Black Emperor make a welcome return to the Brighton Dome. I was lucky to witness their previous show almost exactly two years ago at the same venue in 2015, which was incredible.
Having formed in 1994 they returned after an extended hiatus in 2010 releasing the critically acclaimed album Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! and Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress in 2015. They are touring this autumn in support of new release Luciferian Tower.
While it may sound a little pretentious to some, Godspeed You! Black Emperor are pioneers of the post-rock genre. They are not a simple meat and potatoes rock group as there are hardly any vocals featured in their music, aside from the occasional spoken-word samples. Classical influences are mixed with traditional rock instruments to create something quite unique. Their music may be unfamiliar to many, but you might have heard the group unknowingly, who featured in the film 28 Days Later.
For those already converted, you won’t need telling to go and see this group live. I would urge those unfamiliar with Godspeed You! Black Emperor to give them a go. They may be out of your comfort zone, but I believe they are the type of band to really provoke a reaction after hearing them, and some people may find them to be really special.
Buy tickets now at https://brightondome.org/event/14375/godspeed_you_black_emperor/