Five years since their last tour
Not unlike their recorded sound, the experience of seeing My Bloody Valentine live is a cumulative one; although there are individual moments of particularly acute brilliance – ‘You Made Me Realise’, ‘Only Shallow’, ‘Come in Alone’, the other usual suspects – those instances seem slightly beside the point. This is an overwhelming, singular experience, a pulsating, organic whole, not simply a sequence of rock songs.
Having returned to the live arena for their first shows since the tour for their Great Comeback Album, ‘m b v’, Kevin Shields and co positively submerge the Royal Festival Hall from the outset tonight; few in the room are able to keep their heads above the waves of glorious noise, and fewer still are complaining. The genteel pre-set atmosphere is abandoned gleefully as the gorgeous, gargantuan projections behind the band illuminate the shafts of feedback and snatches of melody that emerge from the seethe of Shields’ customary wall of amplifiers.