Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Efrim Menuck opened up about the band's surprise Polaris Prize victory for the latest Kreative Kontrol podcast.

The band won the prize - which came with a cool $30'000 - for their 2012 album Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!. The band decided to give the money to the Quebec prison system for instruments and education, though it seems that process has been far from easy. You'll find some of the key points from the podcast below (via Pitchfork), but we suggest you listen to the full thing.


On winning the award:

"As a band, we said everything we had to say honestly. The only thing I'd add to it is, it was the strangest thing to go into the day of the award show hoping that we would not win. I don't know. We knew what we were going to say if we won."

Why didn't they pull out from the competition?

"The deal was, to anyone who puts out a new record in a year, Polaris approaches the record label and says, 'Would you like to put these records up for nomination?' Then the label can say yes or no. So Constellation said yes to this and didn't ask Godspeed what they thought about it because they were like, 'Oh, this will be a nice thing.' "And so it was really late in the game when we realized, 'Oh shit, we could've just pulled out.' But we were convinced that we were not going to make it onto the short list. When we did make it onto the short list, the band was convinced we weren't going to win this thing. It was really towards the end when were like, 'Oh shit, we might and I guess we need to prepare ourselves for that possibility.' It was a really strange process. "You have to remember that Godspeed's relationship with the Canadian music industry has been terrible from the beginning. It's been antagonistic from the beginning so it wasn't unreasonable for us to be like, 'We're not going to get this thing. Why would they give us this thing?' We said it in our press release: we feel like orphans in our own country. We feel fairly invisible here."

Donating the money has been pretty difficult...

"Now, we're going to enter the nightmare of how we're going to do that. All prison bureaucracies are difficult to deal with but in Quebec, they're particularly difficult. Ideally what we'd like to do is find someone to make it happen and make it happen. So we're going to give ourselves a set amount of time to set up this program. We're reaching out to people in the States who've done work like this and see if they have any insights on just how to deal with bureaucracies like this. It's a good headache to have. It'll work out."