Exclusive: My Bloody Valentine Plans Digital Future
Legendary alternative act My Bloody Valentine plans to "do a Radiohead" when the Anglo-Irish quartet finally releases the follow-up to 1991's classic "Loveless," Billboard can reveal. "The plan is thaLegendary alternative act My Bloody Valentine plans to "do a Radiohead" when the Anglo-Irish quartet finally releases the follow-up to 1991's classic "Loveless," Billboard can reveal.
"At the moment, all I can say is that Kevin is getting the band back together and they will go into the studio next month to work on the new record," says MBV's London-based manager Vinita Joshi, referring to notoriously reclusive singer/guitarist and bandleader Kevin Shields. "The plan is that they will release the album themselves via the Internet, but there will also probably be a vinyl release."
Joshi adds that the band is unlikely to follow Radiohead's pay-what-you-like download model for its new recordings.
In the meantime, demand for the band's 2008 U.K. tour, its first since 1992, has proved strong. The initial three dates sold out after just six minutes on Nov. 16, causing four additional shows to be added. The dates, promoted by All Tomorrow's Parties, kick off with three shows at the 2,000-capacity Roundhouse in London starting June 20, with all four members of the "Loveless" lineup -- Shields, singer/guitarist Bilinda Butcher, bassist Debbie Googe and drummer Colm O'Ciosoig -- involved.
Joshi denied reports that MBV is planning to appear at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California, in late April. "If the band had been booked to play any summer festivals, I'd know about it," Joshi says. "We'll see how the summer shows go first."