My Bloody Valentine release new album, 'mbv'
My Bloody Valentine have released their brand new album, mbv.
The nine-track follow-up to 1991's Loveless was released at midnight (GMT) on the evening of February 2 via a brand new website for the band, however the site Mybloodyvalentine.org crashed almost immediately after launching.
The album is available exclusively from the website and will be sold as a download only, CD and download or as a 180g vinyl, CD and download package. The vinyl and CD packages will be posted within three weeks of purchase date, but the download will be immediate.
The tracklisting for mbv is
'she found now'
'who sees you'
'is this and yes'
'if i am'
'in another way'
My Bloody Valentine unveiled plans to release their long-awaited new album via their Facebook page, writing:
"We are preparing to go live with the new album/website this evening. We will make an announcement as soon as its up."
Earlier this week, the band's frontman Kevin Shields said the follow-up to 1991's Loveless "might be out in two or three days" and it seems he's stayed pretty much true to his word.
He made the comments on stage on January 27, during the band's warm-up show at Brixton's Electric. The band will head out on a UK tour in March.
The UK dates will follow a series of six gigs in Japan and four dates in Australia, all taking place this month. My Bloody Valentine are also confirmed to headline the 60,000 capacity Tokyo Rocks festival in May and will also play Primavera Sound in Barcelona.
Speaking to NME at the beginning of November, Shields said of the new album: "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."
My Bloody Valentine will play:
Birmingham O2 Academy (March 8)
Glasgow Barrowlands (March 9)
Manchester Apollo (10)
London Hammersmith Apollo (12, 13)