My Bloody Valentine LIVE in New York

Posted by Jakub

mbvlive2I went to see My Bloody Valentine at Roseland Ballroom tonight. I wish I brought my camera to record video of it because first of all the light show and visuals were perfect for the music, so intense that the girl in front of me fainted and my friend Praveen helped carry her outside to get fresh air. I can probably use all the normal describing words for shoegaze like swirling, dreamy, lush, etc to explain the sound when you closed your eyes, it was all there but you can’t understand how loud it was, its really unexplainable, i could sit in front of any speaker you give me and it wouldn’t even get close to the levels and range. I kept running outside to see if my ears or eyes were bleeding. Other than that it was a beautiful show, now all we need is for Slowdive to get back together.

My Bloody Valentine – When You Sleep


My Bloody Valentine – Loomer


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patrick says:

September 24, 2008 at 8:55 am

Yes! A Slowdive reunion is the logical next step– possibly with a reunited Loop, Moose, and Drop Nineteens in supporting slots.

A brief survey of youtube videos from Tuesday night’s show goes along way in conveying how loud this actually was… I find myself struggling to explain it to anyone without betraying how wonderful it was– all my explanations apparently sound like sheer torture, based on the responses I’ve gotten.


greg says:

September 24, 2008 at 10:38 am

I was there last night as well. It was indeed amazing beyond words, although that last 20 minutes was a serious test of endurance. I felt like I was caught inside a giant jet engine. My whole body was vibrating!


Matthew says:

September 24, 2008 at 1:34 pm

I saw them back in the 90s and saw them last night, much better show back then. That last NY show was extremely loud but the mix was so much better. Seemed like they were rushing songs this time to get to the finale which sounded much like what I think being 10 feet away from the Space Shuttle at launch would sound like. I think I get what they are trying to do now but hope they get it out of their system soon and get back to just plain loud great music and not sonic threshold mayhem.


AndresM says:

September 24, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Wonder how the SF show’s gonna be! It’s in a few days. Not sure if I can front the 100+ for tix right now though (2 tix) . I should probably sell an organ seeing as this IS MBV.
I was always more of a Slowdive guy myself. But a shoegazer none-the-less.

If you guys are in that shoegaze mood, some current greats of mine are
Resplandor, Pleamar, 2008 (one of my fav records of 2008!)
The Static Silence, Found, 2008
Pia Fraus, Nature Heart Software, 2006


mr_moif says:

September 25, 2008 at 9:18 am

I saw them in Manchester in June and I can say without a doubt it’s the loudest gig I’ve ever been too… the white noise midway through “you made me realise” lasted over 20 minutes… crazy….

I wondered on the way home if they had a desire to deafen their audience?!

…and who made their earplugs?

Great show though, I just wouldn’t want to see them more than one in any given week!!



Adam says:

September 25, 2008 at 7:34 pm

I was at the show as well. It was monsterously loud and beautifully performed. The fact they can control that much sound is beyond me. Their sound man should win an award for being so awesome.. Anyone know if thats Mogwai’s soundman? I heard it was.

According to my friend, they weren’t happy with the sound on Monday night, so they did a 6 hour sound check to prep for Tuesday night. You Made Me Realize sounded like a jet engine. No ear plugs for me. Its worth the damage.