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Kevin Shields breaks some new ground with his band‘s first album since 1991. But some things never change

Kevin Shields

Kevin Shields: a whimsical attitude to deadlines. Photograph: Dove Shore/Getty

Alexis Petridis from guardian.co.uk wrote that in one sense, the arrival of My Bloody Valentine‘s m b v was – to use a word no one had heard of the last time the quartet released an album – an omnishambles. A follow-up to 1991’s Loveless was supposed to appear at the end of last year; instead, nothing happened bar an announcement that the album was complete. Nine days ago, in response to a fan’s shouted query at a gig, Kevin Shields muttered noncommittally that it “might be out in two or three days“.

By the end of last week, with a website called isthenewmybloodyvalentinealbumoutyet.com still displaying nothing but the word NO, the mood among even the band’s diehard fans had turned distinctly sour. On the band’s Facebook page, people were talking angrily about not buying the album even if it did come out. One posted a photograph of Shields with the words DON’T BELIEVE HIS LIES written across it. An aggrieved Chilean called him “terrible”, adding something in Spanish that when translated, alas, proved to be enormously derogatory about Shields’s mother.

Then, when the album finally did appear to download, just before midnight on Saturday, the band’s redesigned website immediately and repeatedly crashed, or refused to accept payment, causing an enterprising person in Indiana to try to involve the US president himself. “The My Bloody Valentine website isn’t working and there’s a new record on it,” read a petition filed on the White House website. “We the people hereby petition the Obama administration to make it work again.”

In another sense, however, this was just a very My Bloody Valentine kind of album launch. For one thing, it isn’t really a My Bloody Valentine album unless someone has been driven to the brink of insanity by Shields’s whimsical attitude to deadlines.

For another, My Bloody Valentine have always moved in ways that weren’t so much mysterious as inexplicable. If it’s hard to account for the sheer length of time m b v has apparently taken to complete, then it was equally hard to account for the band’s transformation from middling indie artists to arguably the most original and influential guitar band of their era, which seemed to happen overnight in 1988 with You Made Me Realise, a single that bore virtually no relation to anything they had previously released.

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Album Review: My Bloody Valentine, MBV

My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine are an alternative rock band formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1983. The band’s lineup has consisted since 1987 of founding members Kevin Shields(guitar and vocals) and Colm Ó Cíosóig (drums) with singer-guitarist Bilinda Butcherand bassist Debbie Googe.

As My Bloody Valentine’s music evolved, their use of distortionpitch bending, anddigital reverb resulted in a sound that came to be known as shoegazing. The group’s seminal 1991 album Loveless, which took nearly two years to make and nearly bankrupted their record label Creation Records, received extensive critical acclaim and remains iconic. Following Loveless, My Bloody Valentine became inactive, with Shields rumoured to have recorded – and shelved – several albums’ worth of songs. In mid-2007, Shields announced that the band had reunited and were working on new material. The band subsequently toured across Europe and the U.S. The band’s third album, MBV, was announced and released on 2 February 2013 via their website, which subsequently crashed.

There was a significant period in my life where the prospect of listening to a brand new My Bloody Valentine LP for the first time was as far fetched as riding a hover board or owning a self drying jacket; but here I am, penning a quick review after my first listen to MBV, the band’s first album in 21 years – released at midnight via their official website, temporarily crashing it.

Fangirl Preamble

I feel it’s necessary at this juncture to state ‘members interest’, I’m a massive Valentines fan, yup so much so I call them ‘The Valentines’. Despite being naught but a bairn in their heyday I found them in my teens and rarely a week goes by where a track from Loveless isn’t spun in on my iPod or HiFi (yes, I genuinely still own a HiFi).

Before the review, I confess It’s tricky for me to feel like I can write a true album review from a bunch of MP3s, albeit legally obtained from My Bloody Valentine’s official website in the wee small hours; I’m much more of a full package, uncompressed format kind of girl, especially when it comes to work by this seminal and notoriously perfectionist band. As lovely as the cover art looks on my laptop screen, I look forward to viewing it properly and without the digital strobing when the album arrives with me on gatefold vinyl & CD.

MBV © My Bloody Valentine

Having listened through just once, it’s as good as I’d hoped, dream-like vocals, shoegazey sounds, occasional baggy-esque drum beats -My Bloody Valentine by numbers, no bad thing.

More comprehensive reviews here: http://bit.ly/XBXBse

For those who don’t know, these are the Band’s upcoming tour dates:

My Bloody Valentine 2013 Tour Dates

  • 03/02/2013 Korea /Seoul – AX hall
  • 05/02/2013 Japan/Osaka – Hatch
  • 06/02/2013 Japan/Osaka – Hatch
  • 07/02/2013 Japan/Tokyo – Studio Coast
  • 08/02/2013 Japan/Tokyo – Studio Coast
  • 10/02/2013 Japan/Tokyo – Studio Coast
  • 13/02/2013 Taiwan/Taipei – Taida Gym
  • 16/02/2013 Australia/Melbourne – ATP Festival
  • 18/02/2013 Australia/Sydney – Enmore
  • 20/02/2013 Australia/Brisbane – Tivoli
  • 22/02/2013 Australia/Melbourne – Palace Teatre
  • 08/03/2013 UK/Birmingham – Academy
  • 09/03/2013 UK/Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowlands
  • 10/03/2013 UK/Manchester – Apollo
  • 12/03/2013 UK/London – Hammersmith Apollo
  • 13/03/2013 UK/London – Hammersmith Apollo
  • 11/05/2013 Japan/Tokyo – Tokyo Rocks Festival
  • 25/05/2013 Spain/Barcelona – Primavera Sound Festival

The tracks from the Album were also put onto You Tube by the band.
Here they are in track order:



source: cultureburn.net

Shoegaze: a beginner’s guide

Guardian.co.uk recently asked their readers to pick 10 essential shoegaze tracks for newcomers. Here’s what they came up with …

My Bloody Valentine

Best enjoyed at maximum volume … My Bloody Valentine

Earlier this week we asked readers via Twitter and Facebook which shoegaze songs they would recommend to newcomers. We’ve compiled a list of 10 tracks, intended to act as a introduction to the genre.

You can listen to these tracks as a YouTube playlist, or you can watch each individual video. We’ve included a little bit of information on the songs, comments from the people who recommended them, and some links to our coverage of shoegaze bands.

1. My Bloody Valentine – You Made Me Realise

Packs a mighty sonic punch with wall of sound/breakdown towards the end. Beats anything by any other band. – Greg Lowe

2. Ride – Vapour Trail

Taking shoegaze to another level – Murray Easton

3. Cocteau Twins – Carolyn’s Fingers

A very, very dreamy tune – @Syaugeek

4. Slowdive – Alison

To really encapsulate the scene in a song, Alison by Slowdive has everything you need – Andy Hazel

5. My Bloody Valentine – Sometimes

Accessible yet endlessly nuanced. Also packs surprising emotional/lyrical weight – @hughdignan

6. Jesus and Mary Chain – Just Like Honey

A band that have been around since 1983, split in the late 90s but are back together and still touring. Be sure to check out their distortion-laden Upside Down as well.

7. Lush – Sweetness and Light

One of the most prominent shoegaze bands of the early 90s. This song has all the classic hall markings of the genre: ethereal vocals, distortion breakdown and shimmering, layered guitars.

8. Chapterhouse – Pearl

Epitome of the genre – @thegroupies

9. Swervedriver – Never Lose That Feeling

For sheer euphoria, duelling guitars & that swarming instrumental coda -@dandouglas

10. Horrors – Mirror’s Image

The Horrors formed in 2005 and took a couple of years to develop their sound. Their 2009 album Primary Colours was met with critical acclaim, wowing many who had previously dismissed them as all style over substance. The video for See Within a Sea, a song from the same album, was directed by Douglas Hart, a former bassist with the Jesus and Mary Chain.

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