My Bloody Valentine is an Irish shoegazing band from Dublin. It is composed of guitarist and singer / songwriter Kevin Shields, drummer Colm Ó Cíosóig, bassist Debbie Googe and singer and guitarist Bilinda Butcher. After two albums, the band split in 1997. It officially returns ten years later and publishes a new album in 16 years, titled MBV.
In 1978, Kevin Shields and Colm Ó Cíosóig meet in the south in Dublin>. They become friends and form The Complex, a punk rock band> alongside Liam Ó Maonlaí, a friend of Ó Cíosóig, from Coláiste Eoin>. After the dissolution of this one, they decide, in 1983, to form a new group. They recruit Dave Conway singing and his girlfriend Tina Durkin on the keyboard. Dave suggests some band names like Burning Peacocks, but the band will eventually be called My Bloody Valentine>, a name inspired by the Canadian film of the same name (titled "Meurtres à la Valentine").
The group then moves to the Netherlands after one of their relatives, Gavin Friday (from The Virgin Prunes group) gives them contacts for concerts. They stayed there for three months before leaving for Berlin where they recorded the mini-album This is Your Bloody Valentine for the label Tycoon. The success is unfortunately not at the rendezvous so that the group decides to leave Berlin. They eventually moved to London in mid-1985.
Arrived in London, Tina decides to leave the group. She will be replaced by Debbie Googe, one of her bassist friends. This new band records the EP Geek (released in December 1985) and starts making some concerts in London theaters. However the opus will not have the expected success. The group is thus stalled (Kevin Shields even thinks to join a part of his family in New York) when Joe Foster offers to record an EP for his label Kaleidoscope Records. This collaboration will lead to The New Record by My Bloody Valentine, released in early 1986 and allows the band to do more concerts. From the post-punk / gothic rock of the previous opus, the band moves to a more noise-oriented pop influenced by The Jesus and Mary Chain, marking a first evolution towards its favorite style.