New My Bloody Valentine album is ‘pretty much finished’, says bassist

Debbie Googe says Kevin Shields has just 'one more track he wants to do'

My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe has revealed that the band’s new album is “pretty much finished”.

Last month (November), frontman ambitiously Kevin Shields told NME that the album – the band’s long-awaited follow-up to 1991’s ‘Loveless’ – will be released before the end of the year (2012).

In a new interview with Drowned In Sound, Googe confirmed that fans won’t have much longer to wait. She said: “It will definitely come out as it’s pretty much finished. I mean, it’s impossible to talk about time with Kevin, but in terms of percentage-wise, he’s got one more track he wants to do then that’s it. Everything else is recorded.”

However, Googe also admitted that she hasn’t played an active part in the album’s development. The bassist, who until recently has been playing live with Primal Scream, said: “I really couldn’t [tell you what it sounds like] at all. I’ve heard more of the new Primal Scream record than I have the new My Bloody Valentine one!”

Explaining how the recording process worked, Googe added: “Most of it is stuff Kevin has done, certainly guitar-wise… There’s some things Kevin can’t do, like the drums or Bilinda [Butcher]’s vocals, but everything else he can.”

Meanwhile, My Bloody Valentine have added an extra date to their brief UK tour next year (2013). After playing London’s Hammersmith Apollo on March 12, the band will return the following night for a second gig in the capital. The band’s UK shows will follow a series of six gigs in Japan and four dates in Australia, all taking place in February. My Bloody Valentine are also confirmed to headline the 60,000 capacity Tokyo Rocks festival in May.

My Bloody Valentine are now confirmed to play the following UK dates:

Glasgow Barrowlands (March 9)
Manchester Apollo (10)
London Hammersmith Apollo (12, 13)

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