Ep. #62: Efrim Menuck of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra + Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Efrim Menuck is a founding member of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, and the esteemed Hotel2Tango recording studio in Montreal. Menuck has led a very prolific artistic life; this past fall GYBE won the Polaris Music Prize for their album Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! and on Jan. 21, a new SMZ LP greets the world. It’s called Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything and is available via Constellation Records. In a candid conversation, Efrim and I discuss Capital Steez and musicians who die young, how parenthood makes you look at the world from a childlike perspective, the significance of clips featuring the voices of Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith, Poly Styrene, and Efrim’s son on this new SMZ record, the MC5, why music is work, the humour and comedy within GYBE and SMZ, the rock band Shellac, the recording engineer Greg Norman, the way GYBE dealt with winning the Polaris Music Prize and why, future SMZ releases including a Record Store Day 12-inch and a long EP, the song “Austerity Blues,” and much more.

Related links: cstrecords.com vishkhanna.com

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10 thoughts on “Ep. #62: Efrim Menuck of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra + Godspeed You! Black Emperor

  1. […] and then to sneak in a few Godspeed questions, and that’s exactly what the people behind the Kreative Kontrol podcast did in their interview with Menuck, as Exclaim! points out. On the podcast, Menuck effectively says […]

  2. […] $30,000 prize to start music programs in the Quebec prison system. In an interview on the “Kreative Kontrol” podcast, Godspeed (and Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra) member Efrim Menuck has shared […]

  3. […] their $30,000 prize to start music programs in the Quebec prison system. In an interview on the “Kreative Kontrol” podcast, Godspeed (and Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra) member Efrim Menuck has shared more […]

  4. […] their $30,000 prize to start music programs in the Quebec prison system. In an interview on the “Kreative Kontrol” podcast, Godspeed (and Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra) member Efrim Menuck has shared more […]

  5. […] co-founder Efrim Menuck has now spoken out about their controversial prize acceptance in a Kreative Kontrol podcast, explaining that the band “said everything we had to say honestly. The only thing I’d […]

  6. […] co-founder Efrim Menuck has now spoken out about their controversial prize acceptance in a Kreative Kontrol podcast, explaining that the band “said everything we had to say honestly. The only thing I’d add to it […]

  7. […] malaise,” co-founder Efrim Menuck elaborated on their stance on Vish Khanna’s Kreative Kontrol […]

  8. […] in noise, not silence. “Rage is a good source of hope,” Menuck himself said on Vish Khanna’s Kreative Kontrol podcast, helping clarify just why the band’s been slowly drifting from the escalating, achingly beautiful […]

  9. […] for Menuck the enemy is indifference. “Rage is a good source of hope,” he said on a Vish Khanna podcast. TSMZ may still be reluctant to give any answers, but on Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On […]

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