Mark Eitzel

Talkhouse Contributing Writer Mark Eitzel used to be certain that the aliens would listen in on his dreams where he wrote amazing pop songs. Then they would record them and release them illegally the next day. He used to listen bitterly to the radio for his stolen songs. He has many tragic flaws. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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Bio

My Bloody Valentine is a shoegaze band formed in 1983 in Dublin, Ireland. The band’s best known lineup is Kevin Shields (vocals, guitar), Bilinda Butcher (vocals, guitar), Debbie Googe (bass) and Colm Ó Cíosóig (drums). Their 1988 album Isn't Anything is generally regarded as one of the most influential records of the period, acting as an important precursor to the early '90s "shoegazing" scene. In 1991, the band released their second full length album Loveless, later declared one of the finest albums of the 1990s. The band struggled to record a follow up album and split in 1997. The band reunited in 2007 and performed several concerts the following year. The band released their third album, m b v, in February 2013. The band’s key member is guitarist/singer/composer Kevin Shields, a reclusive perfectionist and radically inventive guitarist/engineer. The band’s other original member is drummer/studio maven Colm Ó Cíosóig; during their heyday MBV also included singer-guitarist Bilinda Butcher and bassist Debbie Googe. Their band shares its name with a low-budget Canadian slasher film. MBV influences include The Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, Cocteau Twins, late-1970s Wire, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and independent artists such as The Pastels. Kevin Shields has also named The Beach Boys and The Ramones as a personal influence. After leaving Creation Records in 1992 and signing with Island Records, the band fell into a creative black hole. Rumors spread among their fans of albums being recorded and then shelved. Debbie Googe left the band to form Snowpony; she had not played bass on their recordings since You Made Me Realise. Colm Ó Cíosóig eventually left and formed a band with Hope Sandoval, formerly of Mazzy Star, called Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions. Kevin Shields sporadically collaborated with other artists, most notably Experimental Audio Research, Curve, and Primal Scream. He revealed in a fall 2003 National Public Radio interview that Island Records quit financing his My Bloody Valentine endeavors after he spent half a million pounds of their money. As of 2006, many rumors mentioned the possible reformation of MBV for a new studio album, but none of these were true. On November 15 2007, My Bloody Valentine announced three upcoming live gigs in the UK for 2008. On June 13 and 14, the band played in public for the first time in thirteen years, offering a pair of "Live Rehearsal" presentations at the ICA in London and officially starting their series of comeback performances. The band went on to play a slew of festivals in Summer and Fall of 2008. Following their appearance at the 2008 All Tomorrow's Parties festival, the New York Times reported that Shields was planning to complete the unfinished album. On 2 February 2013 they self-released the self-titled album m b v as a download with both vinyl and CD copies shipping on 22nd Feb 2013. The Huffington Post reported that it caused such a public stir that the official MBV website crashed when fans attempted to access the site to purchase a copy. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Talks

Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) Talks Mercury Rev’s The Light in You

By Mark Eitzel | October 2, 2015

Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) Talks Mercury Rev’s The Light in You

Mercury Rev has made a very generous and personal record that is like a President's smile, a friend's yacht and a big European cathedral.

Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) Talks Jimi Goodwin’s Odludek

By Mark Eitzel | March 24, 2014

Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) Talks Jimi Goodwin’s Odludek

I can go on and on about songwriting and the coming end of our civilization (15 years from now). I have killed countless conversations with self...

Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) Talks Damien Jurado’s Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

By Mark Eitzel | January 23, 2014

Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) Talks Damien Jurado’s Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son is a good name for a record that spins like a top shooting sparks. The production is enormous: lots...

Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) Talks Volcano Choir’s Repave

By Mark Eitzel | September 1, 2013

Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) Talks Volcano Choir’s Repave

In 2008 at a festival in Groningen, Holland, my bandmates got me stoned out of my mind in an effort to arrest my post-show angst. (I’m certain they...

Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) Talks David Lynch’s The Big Dream

By Mark Eitzel | July 16, 2013

Mark Eitzel (American Music Club) Talks David Lynch’s The Big Dream

I wanna love this because I love David Lynch, and if I could just relax for 40 minutes, dammit, I would. Music is purity and pleasure and those...