Published Sep 23, 2008Following My Bloody Valentines ATP appearance in New York Sunday (September 21), the bands leader Kevin Shields has shed some more light on the long-awaited remasters and the even longer awaited Loveless follow-up.
While talking to the New York Times, Shields confirmed he started remastering the My Bloody Valentine catalog back in 2006 and revisiting unreleased material to be added to a forthcoming MBV compilation. "I realized that all that stuff I was doing in 1996 and 1997 was a lot better than I thought, Shields told the Times. He went on to add that he has been steadily writing new songs over the years and that the band indeed plan to complete the post-Loveless LP they abandoned back in 1997.
In the interview, Shields also said that while he was busy remastering the bands Isnt Anything and Loveless, Coachella made him an offer to reunite My Bloody Valentine for the festival a request that he eventually turned down. However, he did say it put the idea in the bands head to reform. "We could actually buy equipment and rehearse properly and do it really well, Shields said. "That put the idea into our head. Last time we toured we never had equipment. It didnt sound right. We didnt have control of the environment. So we were kind of excited to play the songs properly.
Shields still did not give any word on when fans could expect a new MBV album, but the remasters seem to be on their way (in fact an apparently remastered Isnt Anything is now making the rounds online). According to Amazon UK, the new release dates for the remastered Isnt Anything and Loveless is October 6 on CD and October 20 on vinyl. As previously reported, the album remasters were originally to be released June 16.
My Bloody Valentine are currently finishing off their brief North American tour, including Thursday's show in Toronto, which has now been moved from the Ricoh Coliseum to Kool Haus. Here are the remaining dates:
9/23 New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom (Sold out)
9/25 Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
9/27 Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom (Sold out)
9/30 San Francisco, CA - The Concourse Exhibition Center
10/1 Santa Monica, CA - Santa Monica Civic
10/2 Santa Monica, CA - Santa Monica Civic
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