I saw Godspeed You! Black Emperor here in D.C. last week, and bruh? My ears are STILL ringing.
It was a long show. A two hour set. It was a LOUD show. Louder than any live show I’ve been to in recent memory. And, it was an amazing, amazing show.
GY!BE is one group which crept up on me. The Montreal-originated eight-member post-rock band has cultivated immense critical praise and a global cult following over the past two decades due to their massive, face-melting music. They’ve inspired many bands since their arrival, with one of my all time favorites, Blue Sky Black Death, taking a cue or two from ’em. GY!BE’s sounds are sweeping, emotive, and evocative…they are the masters of the slow and methodical build, with damn near every track being a sprawling, ten-minute-plus journey, steadily rising in intensity and complexity before a astounding climax and cathartic denouement. Every listen is like an emotional rollercoaster ride, and I love it. They’re a band you don’t just listen to, you put on your headphones and experience it.
And when I saw ’em live at 9:30 Club last week? Man…they know how to put on a damn loud show. And I wholeheartedly recommend it.
Now, “Moya” is one of the group’s earlier tracks, the first half of their 1998 EP, Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada, and one of my favorite listens from them. It’s a bit more accessible, and one of their shorter songs too, but on full display is the brilliant and epic experience I was talking about above. This is a track where you sit back and take it all in. And believe me, hearing them play this one live? I lost my damn mind…definitely one of the best experiences I’ve ever had at a show.
And of course…had to be front row, center: