Steve Eichner

My Bloody Valentine released their first new album in 22 years online and due to massive traffic fans crashed their recently launched website.

Although frontman Kevin Shields had promised to drop their third album at the end of 2012, the Irishman took to their Facebook page yesterday to announce the highly-anticipated project, titled m b v, would be streaming for free on their site...until it crashed. At least one fan took matters into their own hands by starting a "We the People" petition calling on the Obama Administration to "make the My Bloody Valentine website work again." Now that is being proactive.

The album is available online in the following formats: as a download only, as a CD with download, or on vinyl with CD and download. The physical copies will be delivered within three weeks of purchase. The band also has upcoming tour shows in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, the UK and Spain.

Update: MBV has uploaded all the new tracks on YouTube!!