It's been 21 years since UK shoegaze pioneers My Bloody Valentine released any new material. (For those keeping track, that last release was the group's landmark album Loveless.) In the decades since, rumors of an impending collection of new My Bloody Valentine material ran rampant — especially after the band reunited for a series of one-off shows and festival appearances beginning in 2008.
Today, there's some good news for My Bloody Valentine devotees: Looks like we'll be hearing some of those new tunes after all — and much sooner than expected.
In an interview published in NME today, notoriously reclusive My Bloody Valentine frontman Kevin Shields revealed that not only has the band completed work on a new album, but that the LP will be released some time before the end of 2012.
Speaking to the magazine, Shields notes that, while the collection of new My Bloody Valentine material does propel the band in a different sonic direction, fans should immediately identify its similarities to past MBV material.
"I think with this record, people who like us will immediately connect with something," Shields said. "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."
Shields also notes that an EP of follow-up material might also surface — but considering the glacial pace at which the frontman refines his recordings, let's not get our hopes up.