Jesus and Mary Chain
O2 Academy, Glasgow
02 August 31, 2016
It was with a new record in the can (reportedly) that the Jesus and Mary Chain took the stage last night in their hometown at the 02 on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street. A record as long awaited as that new Harper Lee novel, the Patron Saints of Scots disaffection followed Rose McDowall supporting and with Television Personalities teddy bear Texas Bob on guitar, on a night that felt like a family gathering. The Mary Chain carry their aesthetic so well at this point, they evokes a sense that we’ve fell into a sound and light piece of living art. The subtext is years and years of commentary and narrative about the the dysphoric, narco-glossed dystopian reality of being ordinary in Scotland. You could cut the pathos with a knife….
But not before Jim Reid could dedicate the proceedings to to the Lapelles frontman, Gary Watson, who fell into the River Clyde on the night before his twenty-first birthday before supporting the of JAMC here. It was enough to bring a tear to a glass eye.
The band mean business and cycle through consecutive favourites. Ones that stand out are April Skies, Happy when it rains, Never understand and Candy Talking. They are on the best form ever with Mark Crozer, Brian Young, Scott Von Ryper and William Reid sounding muscled and tight. Jim is stoic and keeps the banter to a minimum, and they rattle through an hour solid of back to back gallus-as-fuck, feedback-filled joy!
The encore begins with Just Like Honey and the energy changes, evoking questions about what it was about these songs that caused so many crowds to riot back in the day… Answers evade, but one feels certain that must have been right to do so. At one point, we’re filled with brotherly love and affection as a bent over Jim is shouting ‘STOP!’ in William’s direction as a feedback foray goes on a second too long.
Got to Love Them!
EPIC FIVE STARS!
Words by Harry Mulligan, you can find more at his Authors profile here.