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."