My Bloody Valentine new album imminent

Notorious indie perfectionists My Bloody Valentine are "very close" to completing the follow-up to their legendary Loveless album. It’s been a mere 21 years since the release of that record, the album that, music industry myth suggests, virtually bankrupted Creation Records.

My Bloody Valentine have played a few gigs and tours in recent years, restating their claim to be one of the world’s most intimidatingly loud live bands. Now bassist Debbie Googe has backed up the band’s songwriter Kevin Shields’s suggestion that the new album may be available before the end of 2012. Although that must be in the realms of "believe it when you see it" territory.

"It will definitely come out as it's pretty much finished," Googe said, while acknowledging that Shields is not exactly a man to follow a strict timetable. "I mean, it's impossible to talk about time with Kevin, but in terms of percentage-wise, he's got one more track he wants to do then that's it. Everything else is recorded."

Googe’s involvement with the recording has been fairly marginal, as she has been busy moonlighting as a bassist with Primal Scream. "I really couldn't describe it at all. I've heard more of the new Primal Scream record than I have the new My Bloody Valentine one!" Shields has described the new material as influenced by the Beach Boys, although he may have been joking. "Most of it is stuff Kevin has done, certainly guitar-wise," Googe said. "There's some things Kevin can't do, like the drums or Bilinda’s vocals, but everything else he can."

Assuming Shields does not spend another three years perfecting the final track (and that is quite possible, given his attitude to work), the album might be available before the band play another series of eardrum-challenging gigs in 2013. Australian and Japanese tours are followed by UK dates in Glasgow, Manchester and London in March, giving structural engineers a few months to reinforce the foundations at the venues.

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