Bad news - Godspeed You, Black Emperor have split up. Drowned In Sound reports this is due to the same-old, same-old reasons of 'existential freakout':
“And I had an existential freak-out about that. That those tactics aren’t valid anymore.
“People didn’t need a rock band pointing in the direction of [how the world was at that point]. Maybe what they needed is some clumsy words, a presentation that was a little more human.
“On a personal level I now find [Godspeed You! Black Emperor] to be inappropriate [to do]. There’s a complicated back story. I reached a point whereby I was no longer willing to contribute to the steering of the ship; it was like, ‘Okay now, someone else point the direction, I love all of you, but I need to ride shotgun for a while’.
“I think that bands do have a short shelf life… they should be able to ply their trade ‘til they no longer want to.”
GYBE did manage fourteen years of shelf life, although they haven't actually done anything since 2003.