Don’t you hate when a group drops a game-changing album and then – poof – they’re gone?
I’m looking at you, My Bloody Valentine. The Irish rockers, who basically invented what we genre-hounds call shoegaze, set the alternative music world ablaze with their 1991 record Loveless. It took two years to make, nearly bankrupted their record label, and then, after it came out and left a Sonic Youth-sized crater in its wake, the group disappeared. Their output in the ensuing 21 years? Besides a reunion tour in 2007, it’s been zero. Zilch. Nada.
Until now! Britain’s NME reports that guitarist/founding member Kevin Shields said the new album will drop by the end of the year, followed by an EP next year. Shields also teased the new album’s sound: “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 per cent necessary.” It’s hard to say just what “stranger than Loveless” means – Loveless itself wasn’t exactly accessible – but it’s safe to say that you won’t see My Bloody Valentine touring with Ke$ha anytime soon.
Music writers, get ready to bust out “walls of sound” one more time.
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