Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Finally getting to see Godspeed You! Black Emperor is a
show that had been a long time coming. And while the
2002 version of me would have been ready to sacrifice his first born
child at the chance to see this band, even the decade older version of me was pretty excited. The band was eight
members deep, and had configured themselves into a very tight horseshoe in the middle of the stage. I only
mention this since I was standing on the side, and it gave their performance a very closed-off look. Perhaps this was
intentional, fitting in with their sound, but it made taking photos a little tougher. But you know what made it even tougher
than that? That the band was playing entirely in the dark outside of a couple of projection screens behind them. And
the projections themselves were often dark. But it all worked well with their post-apocalyptic orchestral post-rock, the
dark mood fitting well with their dark sounds. They played about five songs over the span of their two-hour set, and
as great as it sounded their music doesn't exactly invite folks to move around. I hate to be that old man, but
I would have killed for this show to be seated. The Carolina Theatre would have been a perfect venue, though i guess if you
had enough folding chairs the Cradle would
have still been fine as well.
My pointless jibber jabber aside, both my inner still-young self and my
older crotchety shell was glad to finally see this band of Canucks perform their great, moving orchestral jams.
Another check of the bucket list.