Two decades after its landmark album, My Bloody Valentine returns to SF
Despite the skeptical fans, who doubted Shields' ability to recapture his singular sound or take it into new realms, the response to mbv was resoundingly positive. Tracks like "who sees you" and "only tomorrow" found Shields and Co. approaching the monolithically woozy Loveless aesthetic with a fuller, beefier production sound. Halfway through the record, "new you" blindsided the listener as the cleanest, poppiest song of My Bloody Valentine's career, seemingly lifted from a party scene in a '90s teen movie. "in another way" found the band channeling the angular jolt of the Isn't Anything era, while "wonder 2" suggested a new path forward, blending drum'n'bass-y electronics with Shield's famed "jet-engine" guitar sound.
Part of mbv's appeal stems from its utter disregard for modern trends and developments in the music world. This isn't the sound of My Bloody Valentine recalibrated for the new millennium; the entire album sounds like it could've been recorded and produced in '96, and as a result, we listeners have no idea what was recorded in the mid-'90s, and what was made last year. The listening experience, especially in that first week after its release, was poignant and affecting, like reuniting with a friend you haven't seen in two decades, and picking up right where you left off. Few records can make you feel 15 again the first time you press play, and mbv was one of them.
While the band's recent live dates have incorporated new songs into the mix, many things have remained the same: namely, its infamous closer "You Made Me Realize," the title track from its first great EP, with a 20-minute, endurance-testing wall of noise tacked on the end. The song's live rendition has made ears bleed around the world, and remains a hallmark of My Bloody Valentine's live shows.
Now, in 2013, it's back, with a followup to Loveless in tow, befitting of that album's legendary reputation. It's been a long time coming, but My Bloody Valentine has reemerged to save rock 'n' roll all over again. Bring earplugs; it'll get loud.
MY BLOODY VALENTINE
With Beachwood Sparks, Lumerians
Fri/23, 8pm, $45
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
99 Grove, SF
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