My Bloody Valentine (MBV) are one of the most influential and unique acts in alternative music history. They were formed in 1983 in Dublin, Ireland, by musical visionary Kevin Shields (guitar and vocals) and Colm O Ciosoig (drums). The band’s line-up has consisted since 1987, after moving to London, of founding members, with singer-guitarist Bilinda Butcher and bassist Debbie Googe. As MBV’s music evolved, their radical approach to the guitar, use of distortion, pitch bending, and digital reverb resulted in a sound that came to be known as “shoegazing”.
My Bloody Valentine put out two albums and a string of EPs from 1985 to 1991 that effectively changed the conception of what rock music can sound like, introducing a groundbreaking concoction of discordant effects and fragile melodies.
Band released the era-defining debut LP “Isn't Anything” in 1988. The group's magnum opus, second album “Loveless” (1991), received extensive critical acclaim. It has reached mythical status and remains iconic. The NME review of “Loveless” declared, "...however decadent one might find the idea of elevating other human beings to deities, My Bloody Valentine, failings and all, deserve more than your respect".
The band was known as a formidable live act. On stage, MBV played deafeningly loud, creating “wall of noise” but it's members were passive, inspiring the phrase “shoegazers” to describe the band's (and their followers') introspective demeanor. Soon there were legions of other shoegazers.
Following “Loveless”, MBV became inactive, with Shields rumoured to have recorded - and shelved - several albums' worth of songs.
In 2007, Shields announced that the band had reunited and were working on new material. MBV subsequently toured successfully across Europe and USA in 2008 and 2009 - they played the European festival circuit as well as major cities in North America, including the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, New York.
After 22 years MBV released their third album, titled “m b v” in February 2013. One of the most anticipated albums, “m b v”, was greeted with excellent reviews and heralded as a masterpiece, a perfect follow up to “Loveless”. When MBV also announced their 2013 live dates – MBV will play some of the most important world’s festivals and solo shows - it is certain MBV, iconic alter rock act is back and it’s return is heroic! The world tour already began with sold out shows in GB. Reviews of past concerts are enthusiastic, describing the MBV performance as an outstanding experience. A must for all MBV loyal fans!
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