The Jesus and Mary Chain Talk New Album – Thirty Years After PsychocandyJust as The Jesus and Mary Chain fans are gearing up for a string of live dates playing their seminal album, Psychocandy, comes news that a new album is very much on the cards.

We should have, perhaps, gleaned this was in the air when we got a press release in December heralding this year’s Psychocandy dates with the words:

“This will be the start of a year of activity not only celebrating the 30th anniversary of Psychocandy but also looking firmly ahead to the future. More news soon.”

The “news” referenced above leaked out in an interview that NME ran yesterday with the band’s Jim Reid:

“We’ve got the material, we’ve talked about doing an album for so long now,” he said, before elaborating…

“We got back together in 2007 and it was the plan then. We thought ‘We’ve got a bunch of songs, this would make a pretty good Mary Chain album’ – and then there was the usual slaps and scratches between my brother and myself. ‘I wanna do it here’ and ‘I don’t’ and then it was all ‘Fuck you’ and swinging at each other. The usual shit basically.”

…which didn’t sound too promising – apart from the bit about having the songs of course – but then he carried on that now a new album seems more likely than ever…

“We are kind of coming round to being in agreement, which is a bit weird for us…”

“There will be an album – we will get it together. I’m more convinced now than I ever have been that there will be a new Mary Chain album.”

Those Psychocandy dates in full:

  • Mon, 16 Feb 2015 – Liverpool Guild of Students, Liverpool
  • Tue, 17 Feb 2015 – O2 Academy, Leeds
  • Wed, 18 Feb 2015 – O2 Academy, Newcastle
  • Thu, 19 Feb 2015 – Corn Exchange, Edinburgh
  • Sat, 21 Feb 2015 – U.E.A., Norwich
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 – Rock City, Nottingham
  • Mon, 23 Feb 2015 – Brighton Dome, Brighton
  • Wed, 25 Feb 2015 – The Institute, Birmingham
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 – O2 Academy, Bristol
  • Fri, 27th Feb 2015 – The Great Hall – Cardiff Uni, Cardiff

The band are also heading over to the states in May (see below) but lets hope we hear some of the new music on these tours!

  • 05/01 Toronto, ON – Canadian Music Week
  • 05/03 Detroit, MI – St Andrew’s Hall
  • 05/05 Chicago, IL – Riviera
  • 05/07 Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
  • 05/09 Austin, TX – Levitation / Austin Psych Fest
  • 05/11 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
  • 05/13 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
  • 05/14 Seattle, WA – Showbox
  • 05/16 San Francisco, CA – Warfield

JAMC are online here: They’re also on Facebook and tweet as @TheMaryChain.

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Guy is a former full time member of the Louder Than War editorial team, who's since moved on to pastures new. Music's been a large part of his life since he first stumbled across Peel on his tranny as a fifteen year old. His whole approach to music was learnt from Peel in fact, which includes having as inclusive a taste in music as possible. Guy devotes most of his time looking for new music & although he's been known to say "the only good music is new music" he pretty much accepts this is bollocks. Favourite band The Minutemen.


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