Stop thinking about Hurricane Sandy. Stop thinking about how it wrecked your Halloween. Stop thinking about the election. My Bloody Valentine is coming out with a new record.
That's right. Everyone's favorite eardrum ruiners just told NME that they'll be putting out a full-length album of new material within the year.
To truly gauge the importance of this event, recall that their last record was a little thing called Loveless, and when it came out way in 1991 it inspired a legion of nerds to invest in distortion pedals and start playing shoegaze. Since then, Shields has sort of gone into Howard Hughes mode, and only emerges to play concerts so loud that they hand out free earplugs at the show. Plus there was that whole embarrassing "nu-gaze" thing that happened around the mid-aughts, but let's not talk about that.
Anyway, MBV will be headlining the Tokyo Rocks festival this May, and performing tracks from the as-yet unnamed record. Then, sometime next year, Shields will release the record on his website. Apparently it's a little weirder than Loveless. According to Shields,
“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.”
I'm so excited I just peed my pants. And if you don't believe me about how loud they are, check out this performance of "You Made Me Realize," and listen to the dazed, cowering applause following MBV's insane shit:
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