Godspeed You! Black Emperor has decided to reenter the belly of this horrible machine. The generation-defining (and defying) post-rock collective is ending a seven-year hiatus to curate and headline The Nightmare Before Christmas on Dec. 3-5. Presented by All Tomorrow’s Parties, the Nightmare will take place at Butlins Holiday Centre in Minehead, England, and will feature 40 bands handpicked by GY!BE.
Godspeed will perform on all three nights of the festival. Only a handful of acts have been announced thus far, including space-rockers Bardo Pond, anarcho-punks The Ex, avant-garde quartet Deerhoof, ambient electronica producer Tim Hecker, singer-songwriter Scout Niblett and Mike Watt of Minutemen.
Below is the official (and predictably cryptic) press release regarding the band’s reunion, as found here.
after a decade’s retreat, god’s pee has decided to roll again.
we are, as always, stoked, stubborn and petrified.
it’s been awhile, and left in the rain, the brakes have rusted and seized- we’ll have to go at it with hammers probably, with elbow grease and with fury, just like the old days all over again. we look forward to it. also, moya’s back in the fold (hallelujah!)
what we’ve been up to since the last time= a handful of other bands, and solitary roadtrips and wanderings, a couple of recording studios built, and a restaurant and 3 live venues also. a film soundtrack and 4 new kids and 3 new dogs. dead-end jobs. some farming and vegetable gardens. a small record label. acupuncture as a livelihood. and three of us just stayed on the road.
current plans= a.t.p.u.k., a handful of british and european shows, and then 9 american towns.
until further introspection, WE WILL NOT BE FIELDING ANY OTHER OFFERS. nor will we be doing any interviews. inquiries directed to band, record label, or bookers will not be guaranteed a reply. alls we really want to do is the thing we do, heads down and leaned into the squall.
between now and the live-dates, there’ll be rivers of noise and distraction. and the internet is a petty tyrannical monster. please remember that really all that matters is the keep on keeping on. and all that really matters is the shows. and physical engagement in the world. and folks like us and folks like you. thanks for understanding, and thank you for still listening.
see you next winter.
xoxoxox godspeed you! black emperor