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August 22, 2013 at 2:44 PM
Nothing about My Bloody Valentine’s sound is compact, so when word came down last week that the Irish-English noise-pop innovators’ upcoming Seattle show had been moved from the airplane hangar-sized WaMu Theater to the much-smaller, much-maligned Showbox SoDo, those who’d pre-purchased tickets let out a collective groan.
That the foursome handily sold out WaMu in 2009, its last trip through town, only to be demoted to a smaller room for this tour — supporting 2013’s “m b v,” its first new LP since 1991’s legendary “Loveless” — suggests that when it comes to reunions, fans get more excited when they don’t know what to expect.
Yet while the surprise factor might’ve been lower Wednesday night, the volume certainly wasn’t. (more…)
August 15, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Having defined the shoegaze genre with 1991’s landmark “Loveless,” My Bloody Valentine all but disappeared for two decades before finally breaking its silence this past February with “m b v.” While the existence of a new record from the Irish foursome is a surprise, the fact it’s excellent isn’t. The nine-song LP marries its predecessor’s astral guitarscapes and trance-inducing boy-girl harmonies to ultramodern electronic trappings, rewarding fans’ faith and patience — and then some. MBV plays Seattle’s Showbox SoDo Theater Wednesday, and though they may be older now, they remain one of the loudest bands on the planet — so don’t forget earplugs.
8 p.m. Wednesday at Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S. Seattle; $39-$53 (206-652-0444 or www.ticketmaster.com)
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