Kevin Shields discusses new My Bloody Valentine album and tour
My Bloody Valentine frontman Kevin Shields has explained how the new record will “one hundred percent” be released next year.
As Far Out reported earlier this month, any potential new material would follow My Bloody Valentine’s long-delayed third studio album, m b v, which was released on in 2013, 22 years after the release of their last full-length album.
Discussing the new work, Shields said: “This one is like if somebody took that [m b v] and dropped some acid on it or created a dimensional clash or something. It’s more all over the place.
“In some respects, some of it is a bit straightforward,” he added in an interview with Rolling Stone. “The MBV album that we did in 2013 feels more meandery and not as concise. It’s more all over the place… The record I am making now is not so much about death and change as freedom of the soul.”
Unsure of the length of the new album, Shields was clear in the direction he wants to take the latest release, insisting that he wants to remain organised and force the overall project into a compact form: “It could turn out to be only five tracks. I hope not, but I don’t want it to be a double album and I don’t want it to be really long,” he said.
“I want it to be more organised. I felt like we needed a manager, because we just react to everything. It worked well enough in the past, but I have to be honest. I don’t do enough really to feel comfortable with the situation and I have been like that for a long time.”
With a new record always comes the demands for tour. My Bloody Valentine, who played some shows in 2013 after their last release, could do so again in 2018: “It helps make the album; it helps realise it. It’s like with the MBV album; it would have taken another year if we hadn’t booked the tour. It’s no harm. It just means I go through a few months of hell. You work twice as hard, and that’s OK.”