The car is on fire, and there’s no driver at the wheel And the sewers are all muddied with a thousand lonely suicides And a dark wind blows
The government is corrupt And we’re on so many drugs With the radio on and the curtains drawn
We’re trapped in the belly of this horrible machine And the machine is bleeding to death
The sun has fallen down And the billboards are all leering And the flags are all dead at the top of their poles
It went like this:
The buildings tumbled in on themselves Mothers clutching babies Picked through the rubble And pulled out their hair
The skyline was beautiful on fire All twisted metal stretching upwards Everything washed in a thin orange haze
I said, “Kiss me, you’re beautiful - These are truly the last days”
You grabbed my hand And we fell into it Like a daydream Or a fever
We woke up one morning and fell a little further down For sure it’s the valley of death
I open up my wallet And it’s full of blood
First song i ever heard that profoundly changed the way i view music, John Peel in the 90s has a lot to answer for! my playlist is now so massive that i can stick shuffle on and not hear the same track for two full years… I listen to music pretty much constantly, at work, in bed, whilst climbing, studying, driving, in the shower, working out. I’m never without a tune! And this is in large down to these Canadians, before i heard this i was fed mass pop over a radio, this changed all that!
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Prep New LP, ‘Luciferian Towers’
Godspeed You! Black Emperor will release their sixth studio album, Luciferian Towers,
on September 22nd via Constellation Records. The Canadian post-rock
collective will promote the LP with a North American and European tour
launching September 3rd at Montreal’s Mile Ex End Musique Montréal
Festival and concluding November 7th at Paris’ Elysée Montmartre, Pitchfork reports.
According to the Constellation Recordsone sheet about the album, Luciferian Towers
was made “in the midst of communal mess, raising dogs and children.
Eyes up and filled with dreadful joy – we aimed for wrong notes that
explode, a quiet muttering amplified heavenward. We recorded it all in a
burning motorboat.” A list of “grand demands” also accompanied the
information about the album, including:
an end to foreign invasion
an end to borders
the total dismantling of the prison-industrial complex
healthcare, housing, food and water acknowledged as an inalienable human right
the expert fuckers who broke this world never get to speak again
The group also released statements about each of the four tracks.
UNDOING A LUCIFERIAN TOWERS — look at that fucking skyline! big lazy
money writ in dull marble obelisks! imagine all those buildings much
later on, hollowed out and stripped bare of wires and glass, listen- the
wind is whistling through all 3,000 of its burning window-holes!
BOSSES HANG — labor, alienated from the wealth it creates, so that holy
cow, most of us live precariously! kicking at it, but barely hanging
on! also – the proud illuminations of our shortened lives! also – more
of us than them! also – what we need now is shovels, wells, and
3. FAM / FAMINE — how they kill us = absentee
landlord, burning high-rise. the loud panics of child-policemen and
their exploding trigger-hands. with the dull edge of an arbitrary
meritocracy. neglect, cancer maps, drone strike, famine. the forest is
burning and soon they’ll hunt us like wolves.
FOR NO STATE — kanada, emptied of its minerals and dirty oil. emptied of
its trees and water. a crippled thing, drowning in a puddle, covered in
ants. the ocean doesn’t give a shit because it knows it’s dying too.