Godspeed You! Black Emperor break up after Iraq War “existential freak-out”

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Apparently GY!BE decided that the Iraq war was reason enough to pack it in. Drowned in Sound has an interview that sheds a little light on it. From DIS:

“The last American tour that Godspeed did was in the run up to the current war in Iraq. For what Godspeed did, it was very difficult for us to work out a way to communicate directly with the audience about what was going on.”

He continued: “We could talk to people after the shows, or we could make announcements from the stage, but so much what Godspeed was, was one-way communication, and I had an existential freakout about that, that those tactics aren’t valid anymore.

“People didn’t need a rock band pointing in the direction of (how the world was at that point). Maybe what they needed is some clumsy words, a presentation that was a little more human.”

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