My Bloody Valentine
My Bloody Valentine could be described under many genre headings, some would simply call them "Alternative Rock, others as one of the definitive Indie bands, others would cite them as the ultimate Shoegaze act, they also earned a following within the world of Gothic. Whatever title you might give them, they were good at what they did.
They formed out of Dublin, Ireland, during 1983.
Since 1987, the band's lineup has consisted of founding members Kevin Shields (vocals, guitar) and Colm Ó Cíosóig (drums), with Bilinda Butcher (vocals, guitar) and Debbie Googe (bass).
They are noted for their integration of noise, melody, and unorthodox guitar and production techniques. Their work in the late 1980s and early 1990s resulted in them becoming the pioneers of a musical style, which became known as Shoegaze.
Following several membership changes and unsuccessful releases, My Bloody Valentine signed to Creation Records in 1988. The band released a number of successful EPs, including You Made Me Realise (1988), Glider (1990) and Tremolo (1991), and two studio albums, Isn't Anything (1988) and Loveless (1991) on the label. Loveless, which has been described as the band's magnum opus and one of the best albums of the 1990s, was a major critical success. However, the band were dropped by Creation Records after its release due to the album's extensive production costs.
In 1992, My Bloody Valentine signed to Island Records and recorded several albums worth of unreleased material, remaining largely inactive.
Following the departure of Googe and Ó Cíosóig in 1995, My Bloody Valentine later disbanded in 1997.
In 2007, Shields announced My Bloody Valentine had reformed and the band subsequently toured across Europe, Asia and North America. Following reissues of both Isn't Anything and Loveless, and the release of the compilation album EP's 1988–1991 (2012). My Bloody Valentine's third studio album, m b v, was released on February 2013, 22 years after the release of their last full-length album.
1) This Is Your Bloody Valentine (1985)
2) Man You Love To Hate (1985)
3) Ecstasy (1987)
4) Isn't Anything (1988)
5) Ecstasy and Wine (1989)
6) Loveless (1991)
7) mbv (2013)
Members Name Check
- Kevin Shields – vocals, guitar, sampler (1983–1997, 2007–present)
- Bilinda Butcher – vocals, guitar (1987–1997, 2007–present)
- Colm Ó Cíosóig – drums, sampler (1983–1995, 2007–present)
- Debbie Googe – bass (1985–1995, 2007–present)
- Joe Byfield – vocals (1987)
- David Conway – vocals (1983–1987)
- Tina Durkin – keyboards (1984–1985)
- Stephen Ivers – guitar (1983–1984)
- Paul Murtagh – bass (1984)
- Mark Ross – bass (1983)
- Jen Macro – keyboards, guitar (2013–present)
- Anna Quimby – flute (1991–1992)