My Bloody Valentine have revealed that they plan to release an album of new material before the end of the year.
In a way, My Bloody Valentine's reputation for painful absence is undeserved. As a series of re-issues demonstrated earlier this year, the noise rock group delivered a series of seminal EPs at their height, with only a few months separating each release.
Since 1991's epic 'Loveless' set, though, fans have had little to gorge on. Reforming for a number of searing shows, My Bloody Valentine have continually teased the possibility of yet more material.
Chatting to the NME recently, leader Kevin Shields explained that not only have the band finished a new album but it could see the light of day before the end of the year. 21 years in the making, it could even be followed by an EP of tracks which didn't make the final cut.
Speaking to the magazine, the guitarist said: "I think with this record, people who like us will immediately connect with something. 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."
Our advice? Don't hold your breath.
Here's 'Only Shallow'.