My Bloody Valentine Releasing Follow-up to ‘Loveless’ After 21 Years
My Bloody Valentine’s sophomore album Loveless is considered one of the 1990s’ definitive releases, on par if not surpassing Nirvana’s Nevermind and Radiohead’s OK Computer. Yet, after putting out Loveless in the early 1990s, the group didn’t release a follow-up and, instead, fell apart in the latter half of the decade.
However, even after reuniting in 2007, My Bloody Valentine did not announce a follow-up to their seminal work until 2012. Last week, frontman Kevin Shields revealed the news through the group’s Facebook page. Although the release has yet to have a title, the mastering is apparently complete. The album should be out, through the band’s website, by the end of the year. Following will be an EP of new material and nine performances in the U.K. and Japan.
In talking about the material, Shields, in an interview with NME, said: “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 per cent necessary."
As a prelude to the upcoming release, their two albums Isn’t Anything and Loveless, both remastered, along with compilation EP’s 1988-1991, came out earlier in 2012.
Around the time the news of the upcoming release broke, bassist Debbie George explained why she left in 1997. Apparently, the group, all living together in a house, didn’t actually do anything five years after Loveless.