The Irish rocker is adamant it would be easy to curb the tide of illegal downloading on file-sharing websites - where users can obtain masses of albums for free - but he accuses company chiefs of failing to take action.
He tells Uncut magazine, "All the big corporate companies have zero empathy; that's the nature of corporate companies. It's not very complicated to look at major file-sharing sites and deal with them, but there isn't the will to do it.
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Shields, who reformed the cult Irish band in 2007 following a 10-year split, hit headlines in October (13) when he urged bosses at the U.K.'s secret service Mi5 to open classified files from two decades ago.
He believes there was a secret government agenda to "push" the Britpop movement, with Oasis frontman Gallagher and his brother Noel as its figureheads, and now he has suggested singer Liam was deliberately left alone at the height of his fame on the insistence of the powers-that-be.
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My Bloody Valentine frontman Kevin Shields has called on the U.K.'s spy bosses to open top secret files from the 1990s to prove his theory that former Prime Minister Tony Blair secretly orchestrated the 'Britpop' movement.
The cult band split in 1997 and did not release any albums during the golden years of 'Cool Britannia' from 1993 onwards, and Shields is glad they were not associated with the cultural phenomenon.
Now he is urging secret service bosses at Mi5 to make public their documents from the 1990s as he is convinced Blair, who rose to power on a wave of Britpop-inspired optimism in 1997, was the architect of the entire movement, which features acts like Blur, Oasis and Pulp.
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Kevin Shields has a word or two of advice for those getting over-excited about Mercury Prize nominations.
Sheilds' band were left off this year's shortlist - announced on Thursday (September 12, 2013) - in favour of a slew of more commercial acts including the Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg, Laura Mvula and Rudimental. The move angered the legendary guitarist who claimed his group were being ignored for self-releasing their last album and bypassing Apple, Amazon and the major record deals.
"Isn't Mercury a phone company or something, anyway? What's that got to do with music?" Shields said in an exclusive interview with The Guardian, "We're banned by them, and do you know why? Because we're not on Amazon or iTunes. That's one of the qualifying criteria. You have to have major distribution or be on iTunes or Amazon."
Continue reading: "God Help Them" - Is Kevin Shields Right About The Mercury Music Prize?
Primal Scream say recording with Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant was the ''most rock 'n' roll thing ever.''
The 'Rocks' band recruited the legendary Led Zeppelin singer to appear on a song from their forthcoming tenth album, and regular vocalist Bobby Gillespie was honoured to be in the studio at the same time as him.
He told Classic Rock magazine: ''He lives near our studio and he asked if there was anything he could do. He sings on the track 'Elimination Blues'. I stood next to him in the booth when he was singing. It was the most rock 'n' roll thing ever.''
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The bassist from 90's shoe-gaze heroes My Bloody Valentine, Debbie Googe, has revealed the the band's long awaited third album is almost on the way, telling Drowned in Sound that the follow-up to 1991's Loveless is "pretty much finished."
In the interview, Googe details that that frontman and chief songwriter Kevin Shields is all but finished with writing material for what will be the band's third album, telling the website "It will definitely come out as it's pretty much finished. I mean, it's impossible to talk about time with Kevin, but in terms of percentage-wise, he's got one more track he wants to do then that's it. Everything else is recorded."
Shields, the notoriously picky perfectionist he is, has been working on and off with the album material since the early nineties, and gave first word on the immediacy of the upcoming project when he spoke to NME in November this year (12) when he said that the new album will come out this year. In the interview he also talked about the upcoming headlining slot at Japan's Tokyo Rocks Festival in May 2013, where the band will be playing exclusive material from a brand new, still untitled, album. The band have been touring together since they reformed in 2007, but the Tokyo performance will mark the first time the band will be playing entirely new material. The band are scheduled to perform three concerts in March next year across the UK, and we're sure fans will have their fingers cross that the group will be delving into some newer material when they perform.
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My Bloody Valentine - who promised to release a new album this month - have announced a three-day UK tour for March, 2013. Kevin Shields and company will play Glasgow Barrowlands on March 9, Manchester Apollo on March 10, and London's Hammersmith Apollo on March 12. Tickets for all three shows go on sale tomorrow at 9am (December 6, 2012).
Shields told NME last month that a new My Bloody Valentine album would be released before the end of the year, though there is still no sign of it. It is not listed on any retailer's websites and a publicist told The Guardian there was no further news. Technically, there is only two release dates left this year - December 11 and December 18 - therefore it's looking unlikely that a new record will hit shelves. However, fans will be excited at the prospect of seeing the ferociously loud band live once more. Their reputation for noise precedes the group to such an extent that earplugs were handed out to fans attending their critically acclaimed 2008 reunion shows. In his book The Creation Records Story: My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry For The Prize, David Cavanagh's reveals how Shields had the idea of wafting amyl nitrate fumes over the audience to heighten the live experience in the 80s.
The new shows will follow tours in Australia and Japan.
Continue reading: Earplugs At The Ready: My Bloody Valentine Announce 2013 UK Tour
The singer has teamed up with musician pal Charlotte Marionneau to found Pickpocket, and the company's first release is a new album by Marionneau's band, Le Volume Courbe. Theodaurus Rex is set to hit stores on 14 November (11).
He tells NME.com, "I was like, 'I'll just get rid of a few pedals that I've had lying around for ten years and we'll start a label.'"
And although Shields has no plans to release any new My Bloody Valentine material on his own imprint, the frontman hints the group hasn't stopped making music, teasing the possible release of a "guitar track".
Continue reading: Kevin Shields Starts Record Label
MY BLOODY VALENTINE frontman Kevin Shields has begun work on the band's first album in 17 years - using songs he discarded 12 years ago.
Shields scrapped plans for the group's third LP and the band split in 1997 when Island records grew tired of waiting for new material and dropped them from its roster.
The cult Irish band reformed for a series of sell-out gigs earlier this year (08). Their success has now prompted Shields to dig out the material he cast aside a decade a go, and finish the album where he left off.
He says, "I realised that all that stuff I was doing in 1996 and 1997 was a lot better than I thought."
Continue reading: My Bloody Valentine To Finish Third Album
Cult rockers MY BLOODY VALENTINE will definitely be recording a belated follow-up to their 1991 classic LOVELESS at some point, according to frontman Kevin Shields.
The Irish band never officially split - despite only leaving fans with two albums, 1988's ISN'T ANYTHING and LOVELESS - and spent five years in the 1990s working on recording sessions for an album which was never released.
But Shields is adamant there will be a new My Bloody Valentine album.
He says, "I do feel that I will make another great record. We are 100 per cent going to make another My Bloody Valentine record unless we die or something.
"A lot of people say the reason My Bloody Valentine didn't make another record is because we couldn't. That's mostly true, but not because we couldn't make another record, but because I never could be bothered to make another record unless I was excited by it. And just by fate or whatever, that never happened.
"I'd feel really bad if I didn't make another record. Like, 'S**t, people only got the first two chapters, but the last bit is the best bit.'
"How long will that take to transpire into an actual physical record? I don't know."
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