Four more years... of MBV
Kevin Shields's latest new My Bloody Valentine LP promise
By percy thrillington Nov 7, 2012 11:20AM
It may not happen as regularly as presidential elections, but the ritual of Kevin Shields emerging from his underground lair and promising there will be a new My Bloody Valentine album out soon has been a regular feature of the pop landscape since before Bill Clinton took office the first time. The latest word, as reported by NME via Pitchfork, is that MBV's follow-up to the epoch-defining Loveless (released 21 years and three days ago on Nov. 4, 1991) will be out "this year," which makes the promise both more specific and more tantalizing than past ones—though perhaps also less plausible, as there are less than two months left in "this year." He also says there will be a new EP next year, as well as a show in Tokyo. It sounds great, but we'll believe it when we hear it.
A new My Bloody Valentine record will be out this year, Kevin Shields tells NME. He said he will post the album on his website. This will be the forever in-process followup to the band's 1991 shoegaze masterpiece, Loveless.
According to NME, the upcoming album will also be followed by an EP of new recordings to be released next year. Shields said the new record "really frees us up, and in the bigger picture it's 100% necessary."
"People who like us will immediately connect with something," he said. "Based on the very, very few people who've heard stuff-- some engineers, the band, and that's about it-- some people think it's stranger than Loveless. I don't."
Back in April, Shields spoke with Pitchfork's Ryan Dombal about MBV's recent reissues. Of the new record, he said:
I'm just finishing a record that I had started in the 90s. It was going to be, like, the next record. But it was already after the band had half split up, and me and Bilinda [Butcher] were left. Then we got back together. I've always said that we were going to make a record again. You never know, we might finish it really quickly, and it might be up in a few months! I tend to work really quickly, suddenly, and I might be willing to do that right now. We'll see!
MBV have also confirmed a headlining spot at May's Tokyo Rocks festival, where they will perform new material, according to NME.