My Bloody Valentine Coming to Seattle

mbv, duh

Well, surprise, surprise! According to PitchforkMy Bloody Valentine will be hitting town on 27 April.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that it will be at the soon to be renamed WAMU Theatre.  So start saving your pennies for a ticket and some good ear plugs and get ready for songs from Isn’t Anything and Loveless era MBV.   People tend to forget the rather inauspicious beginnings of the band.  Inauspicious  might be kind of harsh since I rather like their indie-pop phase.  In any event, it’s good to know your history, and since  people are mostly  familiar with their Creation/shoegaze phase, here’s the Cliffs Notes. As I see it there are at least three distinct phases of MBV, the goth, the indie-pop and the shoegaze.  Don’t expect to hear anything from their pre-Creation indie-pop days of Ecstasy, Strawberry and Wine or Sunny Sundae Smile, and certainly nothing from their even earlier goth days.  Even though some great songs came out of indie-pop period it’s not what they are known for, although with the rise of  The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, that sound is making a fashionable return of late, so who knows.  Garage and goth are also making a slight return  these days, but man if they played something from This Is Your Bloody Valentine, people would likely leave not because the gig was too loud, but because it was so bad. Actually that early stuff reminds me a lot of the Cramps, so it’s not that bad, just kind of a shock to the system when you expect the ethereal shoegaze of late period MBV.   All kidding aside, we should count ourselves fortunate, Seattle is only one of five US gigs they’re doing.  I’ll see you at the show if tickets are less than fifty bucks.

mp3: My Bloody Valentine – Don’t Cramp My Style (Phase I: the garage/goth phase)

mp3: My Bloody Valentine – Sunny Sundae Smile (Phase II: the Indie-pop phase)

mp3: My Bloody Valentine – Swallow (Phase III: the shoegaze phase)

here are the full set of dates for the upcoming US tour:

04-18 Indio, CA – Coachella
04-21 Austin, TX – Austin Music Hall
04-22 Dallas, TX – The Palladium
04-24 Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium
04-27 Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater at Qwest Field


  1. douglas martin · March 12, 2009

    this is what i love about your blog, toby; you’re so knowledgeable. i remember the first time i heard the early stuff, i was like, “ugh. this sounds nothing like loveless!” which, of course, is a suitable reaction when you’re talking about the output of a band pre-their greatest album (and one of my all-time favorites).

  2. Toby · March 12, 2009

    I only know stuff, because I’m old.

  3. brogues · March 22, 2009

    Wow! I’ve never heard anything from the goth/garage phase and it’s fab. It’s like a better take on The Birthday Party. I’d love to see that stuff live…

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