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** The sampled announcement in the "Welcome to Barco AM/PM" segment of "Storm" is partly in Spanish. Helpfully, there is an English announcement shortly thereafter that says basically exactly the same thing.

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** The sampled announcement in the "Welcome to Barco ARCO AM/PM" segment of "Storm" is partly in Spanish. Helpfully, there is an English announcement shortly thereafter that says basically exactly the same thing.



** The "Welcome to Arco AM/PM Mini-Market" sample is a fairly long loop, but arguably still counts.

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** The "Welcome to Arco ARCO AM/PM Mini-Market" sample is a fairly long loop, but arguably still counts.



** The sample in "Welcome to Arco AM/PM" from "Storm" is usually interpreted as the band commenting on how society, particularly large corporations, dehumanises those with fewer resources.

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** The sample in "Welcome to Arco ARCO AM/PM" from "Storm" is usually interpreted as the band commenting on how society, particularly large corporations, dehumanises those with fewer resources.



* DroneOfDread: A favourite technique of theirs dating back to "The Dead Flag Blues," they've if anything increased their usage of this trope in recent years, with ''entire tracks'' devoted to it now ("Their Helicopters' Sing" and "Strung Like Lights at Thee Printemps Erable" on ''[='=]Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!'', "Lambs' Breath" and "Asunder, Sweet" on ''[='=]Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress[='=]''). ''"Luciferian Towers"'' still employs drone, but it generally seems more aimed at establishing a chilled out ambience than a mood of dread.

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* DroneOfDread: A favourite technique of theirs dating back to "The Dead Flag Blues," they've if anything increased their usage of this trope in recent years, with ''entire tracks'' devoted to it now ("Their Helicopters' Sing" and "Strung Like Lights at Thee Printemps Erable" on ''[='=]Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!'', "Lambs' Breath" and "Asunder, Sweet" on ''[='=]Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress[='=]''). ''"Luciferian Towers"'' still employs drone, but it generally seems more aimed at establishing a chilled out ambience ambiance than a mood of dread.



** "Static" has the most intense and heavy crescendo on the whole album, building up to a screeching climax before abruptly cutting off and ending with several minutes of quiet, sinister ambience. The overall effect is like the silence after a really terrible battle or disaster.

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** "Static" has the most intense and heavy crescendo on the whole album, building up to a screeching climax before abruptly cutting off and ending with several minutes of quiet, sinister ambience.ambiance. The overall effect is like the silence after a really terrible battle or disaster.



* LyricalDissonance: "Moya Sings Baby-O," the first movement in "Antennas to Heaven," features Mike Moya singing a jaunty, upbeat tune about throwing an infant into a hayloft, feeding it alcohol and stabbing its eyes out. The fact that it appears out of nowhere in the middle of a primarily instrumental symphonic post-rock record makes it even creepier.

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* LyricalDissonance: "Moya Sings Baby-O," the first movement in "Antennas to Heaven," features Mike Moya singing a jaunty, upbeat tune about throwing an infant into a hayloft, feeding it alcohol alcohol, and stabbing its eyes out. The fact that it appears out of nowhere in the middle of a primarily instrumental symphonic post-rock record makes it even creepier.



** "''Welcome to Arco AM/PM...''" (not ''Barco'', as mislabeled on the album -- am/pms are only associated with Arco gas stations. The mislabeling was most likely done for [[WritingAroundTrademarks legal]] [[BlandNameProduct reasons]]).

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** "''Welcome to Arco ARCO AM/PM...''" (not ''Barco'', as mislabeled on the album -- am/pms are only associated with Arco ARCO gas stations. The mislabeling was most likely done for [[WritingAroundTrademarks legal]] [[BlandNameProduct reasons]]).



* ToiletHumor: The band has referred to themselves as "God's Pee" on several occasions

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* ToiletHumor: The band has referred to themselves as "God's Pee" on several occasions occasions.



** "They donít sleep anymore on the beach."

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** "They donít don't sleep anymore on the beach."



* WordPureeTitle: ''F♯ A♯ ∞'' (Pronounced "F Sharp A Sharp Infinity"). However, there's a reason for this title, at least on the vinyl edition; see MeaningfulName above.



* WordPureeTitle: ''F♯ A♯ ∞'' (Pronounced "F Sharp A Sharp Infinity"). However, there's a reason for this title, at least on the vinyl edition; see MeaningfulName above.



* WritingAroundTrademarks / BlandNameProduct: Despite the recording sampled in the song clearly saying "Welcome to Arco AM/PM," the album liner notes identify the movement name as "Welcome to Barco AM/PM... [[[UsefulNotes/LosAngeles L.A.X.]]; 5/14/00]." The reason why probably falls under one of these tropes.

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* WritingAroundTrademarks / BlandNameProduct: Despite the recording sampled in the song clearly saying "Welcome to Arco ARCO AM/PM," the album liner notes identify the movement name as "Welcome to Barco AM/PM... [[[UsefulNotes/LosAngeles L.A.X.]]; 5/14/00]." The reason why probably falls under one of these tropes.

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** The voice in "String Loop Manufactured During Downpour" (from "Bleak, Uncertain, Beautiful..." and "Providence") singing "Where are you going?" is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-RXLGxe-9c sampled]] from the [[Film/{{Godspell}} 1973 film adaptation]] of the musical ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}''.

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** The voice in "String Loop Manufactured During Downpour" (from "Bleak, Uncertain, Beautiful..." and "Providence") singing "Where are you going?" is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-RXLGxe-9c sampled]] from the [[Film/{{Godspell}} 1973 film adaptation]] of the musical ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}''. This probably doubles as a StealthPun on the band's own name.


** The voice in "String Loop Manufactured During Downpour" (from "Bleak, Uncertain, Beautiful..." and "Providence") singing "Where are you going?" is sampled from the [[Film/{{Godspell}} 1973 film adaptation]] of the musical ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}''.

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** The voice in "String Loop Manufactured During Downpour" (from "Bleak, Uncertain, Beautiful..." and "Providence") singing "Where are you going?" is sampled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-RXLGxe-9c sampled]] from the [[Film/{{Godspell}} 1973 film adaptation]] of the musical ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}''.

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** The voice in "String Loop Manufactured During Downpour" (from "Bleak, Uncertain, Beautiful..." and "Providence") singing "Where are you going?" is sampled from the [[Film/{{Godspell}} 1973 film adaptation]] of the musical ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}''.


** The sample in "Welcome to Arco AM/PM" from "Storm" is usually interpreted as a commentary by the band on how society, particularly large corporations, dehumanises those with less resources.

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** The sample in "Welcome to Arco AM/PM" from "Storm" is usually interpreted as a commentary by the band commenting on how society, particularly large corporations, dehumanises those with less fewer resources.

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* BilingualBonus:
** The sampled announcement in the "Welcome to Barco AM/PM" segment of "Storm" is partly in Spanish. Helpfully, there is an English announcement shortly thereafter that says basically exactly the same thing.
** The "Attention...mon ami..." segment of "Antennas to Heaven" has a sample of children singing in French. The band themselves formed in Montreal, so this is probably many members' native language. See also GratuitousFrench below.


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** The sample in "Welcome to Arco AM/PM" from "Storm" is usually interpreted as a commentary by the band on how society, particularly large corporations, dehumanises those with less resources.


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* IndecipherableLyrics: Most of the times, their vocal samples are fairly comprehensible, with a few words difficult to make out. There are a couple of points that are so processed that it's difficult to make out ''anything'', though:
** The "Kicking Horse on Brokenhill" segment of "Bleak, Uncertain, Beautiful..." and "Providence" opens with a rare sung passage, but it's drenched in so much reverb that most lyrics sites don't even attempt to transcribe what is being sung.
** "Cancer Towers on Holy Road Hi-Way" in "Storm" features a sampled speech of some sort, but there is so much distortion applied to it that it's difficult to make out more than a few of the words. It doesn't help that it's also mixed rather quietly.
** "Chart #3" is a downplayed case, as most of the passages are fairly easy to make out. However, the voice begins fading after "It's not even in your Bible", and that's a bit harder to make out.
** "Nothing's Alrite in Our Life" features a Christian preacher with a rather thick East Indian accent. It's possible to make out most of his words until the music drowns him out, though.


* WarIsHell: A subtle theme throughout their discography. This is most obvious on ''Yanqui U.X.O'', which seems to largely be a critique of the American military-industrial complex. The album cover is a blurry photo of bombs being dropped from an airplane, the title is the Spanish word for "Yankee" and the acronym for "Unexploded Ordnance", the liner notes contain a web of corporate entities responsible for producing weapons for the US military, and the songs include "9-15-00", which is a reference to the date that the Second Intifada in Palestine started (though it actually started on September 28th, 2 weeks later), and "Rockets Fall on Rocket Falls". Additionally, the vinyl version of the album ends with chopped up samples of speeches given by UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush. Outside of ''Yanqui U.X.O.', they've also titled what's probably the heaviest song in their discography, "Mladic", after a notorious war criminal.

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* WarIsHell: A subtle theme throughout their discography. This is most obvious on ''Yanqui U.X.O'', which seems to largely be a critique of the American military-industrial complex. The album cover is a blurry photo of bombs being dropped from an airplane, the title is the Spanish word for "Yankee" and the acronym for "Unexploded Ordnance", the liner notes contain a web of corporate entities responsible for producing weapons for the US military, and the songs include "9-15-00", which is a reference to the date that the Second Intifada in Palestine started (though it actually started on September 28th, 2 weeks later), and "Rockets Fall on Rocket Falls". Additionally, the vinyl version of the album ends with chopped up samples of speeches given by UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush. Outside of ''Yanqui U.X.O.', '', they've also titled what's probably the heaviest song in their discography, "Mladic", after a notorious war criminal.


* WarIsHell: A subtle theme throughout their discography. This is most obvious on ''Yanqui U.X.O'', which seems to largely be a critique of the American military-industrial complex. The album cover is a blurry photo of bombs being dropped from an airplane, the title is the Spanish word for "Yankee" and the acronym for "Unexploded Ordnance", the liner notes contain a web of corporate entities responsible for producing weapons for the US military, and the songs include "9-15-00", which is a reference to the date that the Second Intifada in Palestine started (though it actually started on September 28th, 2 weeks later), and "Rockets Fall on Rocket Falls". Additionally, the vinyl version of the album ends with chopped up samples of speeches given by UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush.

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* WarIsHell: A subtle theme throughout their discography. This is most obvious on ''Yanqui U.X.O'', which seems to largely be a critique of the American military-industrial complex. The album cover is a blurry photo of bombs being dropped from an airplane, the title is the Spanish word for "Yankee" and the acronym for "Unexploded Ordnance", the liner notes contain a web of corporate entities responsible for producing weapons for the US military, and the songs include "9-15-00", which is a reference to the date that the Second Intifada in Palestine started (though it actually started on September 28th, 2 weeks later), and "Rockets Fall on Rocket Falls". Additionally, the vinyl version of the album ends with chopped up samples of speeches given by UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush. Outside of ''Yanqui U.X.O.', they've also titled what's probably the heaviest song in their discography, "Mladic", after a notorious war criminal.


* EnnioMorriconePastiche: They seem to be pretty fond of this trope, having used it since their first album. "The Cowboy" section of "The Dead Flag Blues" and "Kicking Horse on Brokenhill" section of "Providence" both sound very influenced by Morricone, and "Bosses Hang" almost sounds like it could have been on the soundtrack of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' at times.

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* EnnioMorriconePastiche: They seem to be pretty fond of this trope, having used it since their first album. "The Cowboy" section of "The Dead Flag Blues" and "Kicking Horse on Brokenhill" section of "Providence" both sound very influenced by Morricone, and "Bosses Hang" almost sounds like it could have been on the soundtrack of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' at times. times, as does Part Three of "Anthem for No State" (minus the tremolo-picked, distorted guitars, anyway).


* BreadEggsMilkSquick: ''Lift Your Skinny Fists'' is a relatively normal post-rock album, with the usual dark, movement-based suites and 20-minute tracks. Then, out of nowhere, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NivY_iRdSBQ this]] happens (0:00 Ė 1:14).

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* BreadEggsMilkSquick: ''Lift Your Skinny Fists'' is a relatively normal post-rock album, with the usual dark, movement-based suites and 20-minute tracks. Then, out of nowhere, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NivY_iRdSBQ this]] happens (0:00 Ė 1:14). PlayedWith in that ''LYSF'' returns to being a relatively normal post-rock album (well, as normal as post-rock gets) immediately afterwards, making it more of a case of Bread, Eggs, Squick, Milk.

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* AlbumIntroTrack: An odd example that's exclusive to their live performances so far. Pretty much every show they play opens with "Hope Drone" before they get to any of their album material. Depending on the performance it can either be a full song with drums and tempo changes, or simply a crescendoing wall of noise.

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* ToiletHumor: The band has referred to themselves as "God's Pee" on several occasions


** "George Bush Cut While Talking" also contains a rather unsettling loop of a girl saying "It is a predominant question: why am I here, and what can I do to make it better? How can I do what is right?"

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** "George Bush Cut Up While Talking" also contains a rather unsettling loop of a girl saying "It is a predominant question: why am I here, and what can I do to make it better? How can I do what is right?"right?"
** The ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}'' "Where are you going?" sample in "String Loop Manufactured During Downpour" from "Providence"/"Bleak, Uncertain, Beautiful...".
** "They had a large barge with a radio antenna tower on it that they would charge up and discharge" from "Black Helicopter" in "East Hastings".
** "With his arms outstretched, with his arms outstretched" from "Mladic".
** The "Welcome to Arco AM/PM Mini-Market" sample is a fairly long loop, but arguably still counts.

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