Break out the hearing protection: Booming shoegazers My Bloody Valentine have announced their first show since 2013—and, by all indications, the fresh tour date will precede a new album from the band later this year.
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MBV's first announced gig for 2018, revealed yesterday via the band's Facebook (see below), will be at Japan's Sonicmania festival, an offshoot of the annual Summer Sonic fest, as reported by Pitchfork. The one-day concert is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 17, and Nine Inch Nails and Marshmello will also perform—watch a trailer here.
And though it's their first band show in a while, My Bloody Valentine guitarist Kevin Shields played a rare solo set in Reykjavík, Iceland, last month as part of Sigur Rós' Norður Og Niður fest. When the solo gig was announced, it was revealed on the festival's website that he was “working on material for a new My Bloody Valentine album to be released in 2018.”
MBV drummer Colm Ó Cíosóig confirmed the new album to Boston radio station 90.9 WBUR late last year, saying he was going to “go back and work on that” after his 2017 tour as a member of Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions was complete, affirming the “rumors of a My Bloody Valentine album next spring.” To here knows when, my friends.
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