Five days ago, at a concert at London’s Brixton Electric, My Bloody Valentine leader Kevin Shields said that the band’s new record, the one everyone has been waiting on for over 20 years now, would be out in “maybe 2 or 3 days”. That did not happen, obviously, or you would have been Tweeted to death by the news. This follows his claim last year that it’d be out by the end of 2012. Hints have been dropped about an impending release since at least 2007, and new work has been rumored and described for fifteen years prior to that, though things seem way more on the cusp than they have since 1991. They played a promising new song live, which sounded electro and upbeat, sorta like “Soon” (it’s since been pulled from the Internet). They finished its mastering on Mayan Apocalypse Day, supposedly, maybe waiting until 11:59, just to make sure that they actually had to settle on it.
We will be perfectly ready to listen to this within five minutes of its existence. Hell, maybe it’ll be next week? That’d be cool. But let’s not set any more dates, how about, Kev? Surprise always beats disappointment.
Luckily, there’s a single-purpose Tumblr site tracking the developments on a daily basis, here. So far: “No.”
SATURDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: From MBV’s Facebook page (via P4K) “We are preparing to go live with the new album/website this evening. We will make an announcement as soon as its up.” Won’t be long now?
SATURDAY NIGHT UPDATE: The excitement from the announcement resulted in the band’s servers crashing just as MBV made the album, titled mbv, available for sale. Harrowing reports from the shoegaze blue balls epidemic have flooded social media in this tragedy’s wake. Maybe tomorrow?
LATE SATURDAY NIGHT UPDATE: They fixed the tech issues and so it really came out. You can buy it. I’m listening to it. Whoa.
Below, listen to the
last second to last thing they actually released, a Wire cover from a 1996 compilation that is, sheesh, so good: