The unthinkable has happened: four years on from initial rumblings, My Bloody Valentine have finally announced reissues of Isn’t Anything and Loveless, as well as a compilation of early EPs. The Irish noisemakers’ brief career gave the world a masterclass in carefully-produced dream pop and spawned a legion of imitators in their wake. A large part of the band’s sound was down to Kevin Shields’s meticulous approach to recording and sound manipulation, not to mention their ear-splitting live volume levels. The amount of gear the band actually used is quite, quite ridiculous, so I’ll just aim to give a rough overview.
Anyone who is even vaguely aware of Kevin Shields will know that he is synonymous with Fender Jaguars and Jazzmasters, so much so that the latter of which featured on the cover of MBV’s seminal 1991 album Loveless. Kevin’s use of the tremolo arm proved incredibly…
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