My Bloody Valentine

It really is morning in America! It’s been rumored for about one bazillion years, but now Kevin Shields is saying that My Bloody Valentine’s new album is just about ready and that it’ll be out by the end of the year. It’s November now! That means we’ll get the 21-years-later follow-up to Loveless sometime in the next eight weeks! Thanks, Obama!

Shields tells NME that he’ll release the as-yet-untitled Loveless follow-up on his website by year’s end, and that they’ll also have another EP of new material soon afterward. Here’s how he describes the new record: “I think with this record, people who like us will immediately connect with something. 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. I feel like it really frees us up, and in the bigger picture it’s 100% necessary.” Dog, it’s been 100% necessary since like 1992.

In other MBV news, they’ll be headlining Japan’s Tokyo Rocks festival next May, so it seems like there’s a decent chance of more shows, as well.

Comments (21)
  1. I’m a bit wary about this, Loveless has always seemed a bit of a lightning in a bottle moment to me. Hope I’m wrong though.

    • You are wrong. They have another classic album and three classic EP’s along with Loveless.

      • Isn’t Anything is good, far from a classic though. You Made Me Realise is the one EP I’d say is an all time great, but I would always have a hard time labelling an EP as “classic”.

        To me Loveless represents the absolute pinnacle My Bloody Valentine could reach with their sound and songwriting and, especially considering the length of the wait, I have a hard time seeing the new album being anything other than a disappointment.

        I really hope I’m way off the mark.

        • Someone needs to go back and listen to Isn’t Anything again.

        • Isn’t Anything is a superb album. Even if MBV didn’t release Loveless they’d still hold their incredibly high reputation.

        • Wow, you really don’t know your shoegazer history, do you? Isn’t Anything was a big deal when it came out, and every band from that first wave of shoegaze has praised it at one time or another as an inspiration. It kicked off the movement and is still aped by plenty of bands today. Neutral Milk Hotel’s On Avery Island has suffered the same fate: an amazing album that, rather improbably, just happens to be not quite as good as the one that followed it. The fact of the matter is that everything from Ecstasy and Wine through loveless is indispensable stuff. You’re already way off the mark, so I would expect that whatever you end up thinking about the new album will be as well.

          • No – I stoutly defend Simon’s credibility in all matters relating to shoegazer history, and dispute any accusations suggesting otherwise!

            …But really, just because an album is amazingly original, doesn’t mean it’s an amazing collection of songs. I’d say it’s just pretty good. The same goes for On Avery Island.

  2. I’ll believe it when I see it

  3. To here knows when….. the new album coming out.

  4. My Bloody Valentine have NEVER released an album under a Democratic president.

  5. Even Obama can’t make this thing happen in the next 8 weeks. I give it 5 more years, if ever. Believe it or not, we have been threatened with this before.

  6. Oh sure, and Dr. Dre’s announcing that he’ll arrive at a “Detox” release party next month via pegasus. I don’t even believe in this “pegasus” creature or this thing you call “My Bloody Valentine’s new album.”

  7. I mean, it’ll probably be good, but how will it match the artistic depth and cultural resonance of…

  8. This will not fail. If Billy Corgan can pull a good album out of the bag this year I’m pretty sure Shieldsy can!

  9. winner winner. chicken dinner.

  10. Best case scenario: It comes out on the same day as the upcoming Avalanches album.

  11. What we really need to be talking about is that fact that Bilinda Butcher apparently stopped ageing in 1988. Seriously, look at the pictures, it’s weird…

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