October 11, 2012 § 1 Comment
Perhaps I should wait until I’ve had more than a cursory listen, but the release of a new Godspeed! album (streaming on the Guardian page – ignore the interview) prompts a couple of responses. Firstly: it’s better than both Yanqui UXO & the most recent Silver Mount Zion material, the latter in part b/c Efrim Menuck helpfully keeps his mouth shut, allowing a move back towards at least a species of collectivity. Secondly: my God am I old. To be fair, I got into Godspeed! after Yanqui came out & the band went on hiatus, but it is nonetheless nearly a decade since I first heard them. The political atmosphere of Yanqui is precisely that of the first years of the Bush administration, of the Second Intifada, of Seattle & Genoa. The differences, the continuities; the advances, the failures.