Quite possibly, the most accurate interpretation of My Bloody Valentine‘s Loveless since Kevin Shields submitted the invoice to Creation Records for the recording fees from that landmark album.
Yes, I’m aware that I’ve penned a number reviews that active use Loveless as a handy reference point, but Serena-Maneesh‘s second album, SM2: Abyss In B Minor, is such a spotless reinterpretation of Shields’ shoegaze classic that I’m inclined to tell everyone waiting for a My Bloody Valentine reunion album to pitch the idea and lend your support behind these Norwegian sound manipulators.
Brian Jonestown Massacre is back with their tenth studio album, Who Killed Sgt. Pepper, and while I love BJM like I love few bands, I wish Anton would put down the My Bloody Valentine andMy Life With the Thrill Kill Kult records and go back to the Stones. Maybe he needs to bring Matt Hollywood back to write some actual songs?
Lest you think only 3 minute garage rock and House music comes out of Detroit*, may we introduce you to Hopewell. Owing more to the 90s shoegazer school of space rock than that of the 70s androgynous variety, Hopewell swirls and distorts the music like so much paint. Somewhere Kevin Shields is smiling.
I have a theory that classic British bands from the 80s and 90s are reuniting just to shut the NME up about pending reunions. I think this is actually a ploy by the NME to force bands to reunite. And I fully support it.
This week the NME reports that My Bloody Valentine will in fact reunite for at least three shows next year. This, after months (and years) of speculation that MBV leader Kevin Shields has been pondering a reunion. The NME, of course, ran every utterance of possibility as front page news and now it’s come true.
As annoying as this kind of reporting is, I have to say I am impressed by the NME’s track record. In the last year or so, they’ve predicted (correctly) the pending reunions of:
The Libertines’ Carl Barat and Pete Doherty
The Jesus and Mary Chain (at Coachella)
My Bloody Valentine
We’re still waiting for the Stone Roses and the Smiths to reunite but who else has the NME picked correctly and who else would you like to see them set their sights on?
THIS summer’s not even over yet and the NME is already hyping rumors for next summer’s Coachella fest headliners. The festival has recently served a community service by luring dormant great acts out of retirement—most recently rage Against the Machine and The Jesus and Mary Chain—and is now rumored to be pulling at Kevin Shields’ ear…or pocket book.
Today’s NME reports that My Bloody Valentine is next year’s candidate to reunite in the desert. True to form, they cite no actual evidence but if it’s journalistic integrity you’re after, then you’re not reading the NME anyway.
Countdown to the next Stone Roses or Smiths reunion: 10…9…8…7…