In the last fifteen years, few bands would be better described as outliers than Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thee Silver Mt. Zion. And few bands have been as frequently disparaged for everything from their use of “non-musical” audio samples to their frequent band name changes (Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band, anyone?) to their passionately pissed off (or is it just honest?) lyrical-political rhetoric. Despite these digs, Godspeed founding member Efrim Manuel Menuck has continued to fight the good fight with Silver Mt. Zion via 15-minute swells of violin-driven rock anthems buttressed by his distinct voice, very richly rewarding those who’ve stuck around long enough to get past any initial inclination towards disliking the music. With all of this to discuss, we called up the Montreal-based Menuck to get his take on all the smack-talk, the inherent goodness of people, and the possibility of another Godspeed album.
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