Thursday, September 25, 2008

Melted ... Off Your Face

After a near 16-year absence from the road, My Bloody Valentine finally descended upon the Big Apple this week for two sold-out shows at the Roseland Ballroom. I never knew I'd have the chance to see the London foursome perform -- not even after frontman Kevin Shields divulged all of his plans to me for a new millennium My Bloody Valentine. To finally see them live, well, it was pretty incredible.

On Tuesday, my dear friend Brady and I were witness to one of the most fantastic shows of my young adult life. A perfect, ear-bleeding cacophony of pure noise; Bilinda Butcher's wispy vocals are as pristine as they ever were. Bassist Deb Googe, what a true badass. Colm O’Ciosoig's mad drumming is even more propulsive than on record. As for Shields, he's a bit ageless, but still as focused on his signature reverb-driven sound as he was in 1991. But decades on, it's MUCH much larger than I imagined.

You just knew the band couldn't hear the crowd's fangirl-like cheers, for the ravaged noise pouring from the stacked amps on stage ruled over all of us. "Only Shallow," "Soon," and "To Here Knows When" - AMAZING. "Feed Me With Your Kiss" and "Cigarette in Your Bed" - KILLER. There are just no words for the 18-minute closer, "You Made Me Realise." Brilliant doesn't suffice.

Earplugs? Psssh. Those didn't even matter.

In my 2007 interview for Magnet, Shields said that there would definitely be another My Bloody Valentine album. "A lot of people say the reason My Bloody Valentine didn't make another record is because we couldn't. That's mostly true, but not because we couldn't make another record, but because I never could be bothered to make another record unless I was really excited by it... We are 100 percent going to make another My Bloody Valentine record unless we die or something. I'd feel really bad if I didn't make another record. Like, 'Shit, people only got the first two chapters, but the last bit is the best bit.' It's just that it's taken me such an oddly long time for that to happen. How will that take to transpire into an actual physical record? I don't know."

... and lucky for us, Shields recently backed up that statement, telling The New York Times that there are plans for TWO new albums. Recording starts this fall.

Thank you. That's all I have to say.

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