Here’s a Christmas surprise: My Bloody Valentine announced on their Facebook page tonight, “On 21-12-12 we finished mastering the new album!” So even if the world didn’t end that day, something pretty momentous happened.
We still don’t have any release information about the full-length follow to MBV’s 1991 shoegaze masterpiece, Loveless.
As Kevin Shields recently told NME, the record will apparently be released via the MBV website, followed by an EP of new recordings 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 told NME. “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.”
As bassist Debbie Googe told Drowned in Sound, Shields plays most of the music on the album himself. “Most of it is stuff Kevin has done, certainly guitar wise. It’s been a long process, you know,” she said. “The drums have been added then taken off at least once. His brother did them at one point, then Colm [O’Ciosoig] came in and redid them. There’s some things Kevin can’t do, like the drums or Bilinda [Butcher]’s vocals, but everything else he can, and I’m certainly happy for him to do that.”
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!
The band has also announced tour dates for next year; see the full list below.
Watch the video for “To Here Knows When” and check out more MBV clips here.
My Bloody Valentine:
02-06 Osaka, Japan – The Hatch
02-07 Tokyo, Japan – Studio Coast
02-08 Tokyo, Japan – Studio Coast
02-16 Melbourne, Australia – ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror
03-09 Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowlands
03-10 Manchester, England – Apollo
03-12 London, England – Hammersmith Apollo
03-13 London, England – Hammersmith Apollo