Kevin Shields: ‘The new My Bloody Valentine album was influenced by The Beach Boys’

The band leader said to NME that the record began as an 'experiment'

Kevin Shields has told NME that the forthcoming My Bloody Valentine album has been influenced by The Beach Boys and their notorious ‘Smile’ album.

Speaking in this week’s issue of the magazine, Shields said that he began working on the album in the early 1990s and started the project as an ‘experiment’. He explained that the idea behind the record was to not record songs in the ‘traditional’ sense. He added:

The idea was to bring a lot of parts together, riffs or chord changes without making a song out of it.

He continued: “I wanted to see what would happen if I worked in a more impressionistic way, so that it only comes together at the end. I think I was probably a little influenced by [The Beach Boys] ‘Smile’ at the time.”

The band’s long-awaited third album was shelved due to wranglings with their record label. Aside from a couple of compilation appearances, the band haven’t released any new material since 1991’s ‘Loveless’. Shields has recently said that the album will finally be out sooner rather than later.

It was recently announced that My Bloody Valentine’s Debbie Googe will be Primal Scream‘s new touring bass player. Googe, who was a founding member of My Bloody Valentine and also a member of Snowpony and The Bikini Mutants, will replace Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield in the band’s line-up after he left to rejoin The Stone Roses for their lucrative reunion tour late last year.

To read more about the new My Bloody Valentine album, as well as a special feature on the band’s seminal album ‘Loveless’, pick up this week’s issue of NME, which is on newsstands and available digitally now.