'Lazy money': Montreal's Godspeed You! Black Emperor wins $30K prize, then lambastes gala's 'overlords'
Montreal group Godspeed You! Black Emperor are not ones to shy away from telling it like they see it — though, for the most part, they do it on their own terms. The group, which grants precious few interviews, largely lets the music speak for itself — with exceptions such as this 2001 screed written by bandleader Efrim Manuel Menuck in response to an unflattering profile in OOR.
Using that particular post as a starting point, Tuesday’s statement by the band slamming the annual gala for the Polaris Prize — which Godspeed won on Monday night — is an unsurprising one, despite its vulgarity and unabashed condemnation of the event.
“We are grateful, and yes we are humble and we are shy to complain when we’ve been acknowledged thusly,” the statement reads. “BUT HOLY SH-T AND HOLY COW – we’ve been plowing our field on the margins of weird culture for almost 20 years now, and ‘this scene is pretty cool but what it really fucking needs is an awards show’ is not a thought that’s ever crossed our minds.” (Photo: Eva Vermandel)