My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields on the early days of the band, using synths and tape-loops

My Bloody Valentine (due this Monday, August 19, at the Ogden Theatre) started as a post-punk band in the early '80s, but by 1987, the group embarked on journey of sonic experimentation that resulted in some of the most influential music of the 1990s and beyond. The outfit's genre-defining 1991 album, Loveless, has proven itself a well of inspiration for countless musicians that followed across a spectrum of genres, not just for its enigmatic and visceral sound, but for the stories surrounding its production and the way it eludes simplistic genre classification even as a classic of "shoegaze."

See also: My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields talks Loveless and the influence of bands like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.