Via The Daily Swarm:
A Rational Conversation is a column by editor and writer Eric Ducker. Every week he gets on iChat or Gchat or Skype or whatever with a special guest to examine a subject that’s been on his mind.
In December of 2010, Montreal’s epic instrumental punks Godspeed You! Black Emperor reformed to play and curate All Tomorrow’s Parties’ acclaimed annual Nightmare Before Christmas event. Since then, they’ve kept up with semi-regular live dates and tours, but last week they somewhat unexpectedly released a new album, ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!, their first since 2002’s Yanqui U.X.O.; needless to say, people are stoked. The only English-language press the band did for the album was a story for the Britain’s left-leaning The Guardian. Keeping with GY!BE’s generally anti-interview policy, they only answered emailed questions, answered them as a collective, and mandated the full exchange be published. While email interviews can often go terribly wrong, GY!BE’s responses were thoughtful, occasionally hilarious, and provocative. Between their album and their attitude, it’s become clear that it’s good to have the band around again. Here, Ducker and music writer Jessica Hopper discuss the impact that Godspeed You! Black Emperor has had, and should have.