For much of the past 20 years, we've been told that a new My Bloody Valentine album was almost ready. It'll be out soon. Any day now. Really.
The stories about leader Kevin Shields' quest to deliver a follow-up to 1991's Loveless are the stuff of myth and legend.
The false starts and shelved songs. The construction and then destruction of a custom studio. The guest appearances and spin-offs. Still no new MBV.
Then suddenly, a reunion! A world tour! New material had to be imminent, right?
Well, no. As I write this, it has been 20 years, 5 months and 27 days since Loveless hit stores. So where do things stand?
1. Shields is in the process of remastering MBV's three EPs.
2. Shields will appear on the next Primal Scream album.
3. Bass player Debbie Googe has replaced Mani on bass in Primal Scream while he goes off and joins the Stone Roses reunion.
4. A new MBV album. Maybe. Shield says it features nine tracks and is "impressionistic"--whatever that means. He also said something about it being out by the end of the year.
Right. We've all heard that one before. But at least it's something to go on, right?