2011-05-13godspeed @ l'olympia i concluded my post-rock week on sunday may 1st, with the godspeed you! black emperor show at l'olympia.
the opening band of the evening was dreamcatcher, an arty experimental noise duo. i did not care for it.
the current line-up of godspeed consists of 8 members. i only caught 4 in this photo:
lighting was that dim red glow throughout the whole set. this band has absolutely no stage presence, no interaction with the crowd; they're in their little stage bubble. they did have a large projection screen with cryptic video clips to provide some visual interest. i think i spent almost half the set with my eyes closed, absorbing the music.
aurally, wow...! each song was about 75% buildup, 20% music, 5% cool down. as a whole, the set was a lot of atmospheric drone, punctuated by bursts of musical goodness. part of the excitement was waiting for those magical moments.
they played for almost two hours.
she dreamt she was a bulldozer
world police and friendly fire
at the end of the night, i was feeling kind of happy.