Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Jesus And Mary Chain to release first album in 19 years - new track "Amputation" out now

I've been enjoying the new Jesus And Mary Chain song "Amputation." I was fortunate to see The Jesus And Mary Chain when they performed at Coachella in spring 2007, and I am hoping to catch them in concert soon. Here is the full media release for details about that song, as well as the legendary duo's forthcoming return...

The Jesus And Mary Chain's long-awaited new album 'Damage and Joy' is set for release on March 24, 2017 on ADA / Warner Music

UK tour includes London show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Photo credit: Steve Gullick
The Jesus And Mary Chain are set to release their long-awaited new album ‘Damage and Joy’ on March 24 on ADA / Warner Music. The album is their first since ‘Munki’ was released backed in the summer of 1998

Fronted by the Reid brothers Jim and WilliamThe Jesus And Mary Chain first reformed to play the Coachella festival back in 2007. Despite regular touring – most notably a 2015 world tour which revisited their landmark album ‘Psychocandy’ – it took some time before they could agree on a plan to record a much-mooted seventh album.

“We started to – can you believe? – listen to each other a bit more,” explains Jim“In the last couple of years, we’ve buried the hatchet to some degree, and thankfully not into each other. Most people who know us would say that we haven’t mellowed that much. I think it was to do with the fact, dare I say it, that wisdom comes with age. Let’s live and let live, and let’s take each other’s opinions into account.”

Work on ‘Damage and Joy’ (a reference to the English translation of schadenfreude) began in September 2015, with producer Youth also contributing bass and diplomacy to proceedings during sessions in LondonDublin and Granada, SpainAlan McGee first confirmed that a new JAMC album was on the way by telling Canada’s CBC Music: “They've made another album! It's a big deal! It's kinda enormous."

The album commences with ‘Amputation’, in which waves of distorted guitar and Jim’s insouciant vocal delivery collide to create a hypnotic track which addresses his feelings of “being edited out of the whole music business… I felt like a rock ‘n’ roll amputation.”

Other highlights include a refined and re-energised new version of ‘All Things Must Pass’ which previously featured in the TV show ‘Heroes’ and then on ‘Upside Down: The Best of The Jesus and Mary Chain’; and the raw garage-rock of ‘Facing Up To The Facts’ which offers the revealing lyric: “I hate my brother and he hates me / That’s the way it’s supposed to be”.

The album also features performances from the band’s touring drummer Brian Young as well as former Lush bassist Phil King.

“The interesting thing about this record is what comes out of the speakers,” declares Jim“To make a good record is an achievement if you’re twenty-two, but to do it in your fifties, the way we are, I think is a minor miracle.”

‘Damage and Joy’ will be released on digitalCDvinyl and Cassette formats, and pre-orders are currently open. All pre-orders receive an immediate download of ‘Amputation’.

The full album tracklisting -

1.     Amputation
2.     War On Peace
3.     All Things Pass
4.     Always Sad
5.     Songs For A Secret
6.     The Two Of Us
7.     Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)
8.     Mood Rider
9.     Presedici (Et Chapaquiditch)
10.  Get On Home
11.  Facing Up To The Facts
12.  Simian Split
13.  Black And Blues
14.  Can’t Stop The Rock

The Jesus and Mary Chain will embark upon a UK tour to coincide with the album’s release. The touring line-up is completed by Scott Von Ryper (guitar), Mark Crozer (bass) and Brian Young (drums). The dates are:

23rd – Newcastle, Northumbria University 
25th – Manchester, Academy 
27th – Leeds, Church 
28th – Leicester, O2 Academy
29th – Bristol, O2 Academy
31st – Birmingham, O2 Institute

1st – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
2nd – Oxford, O2 Academy
3rd – Cambridge, Junction 
5th – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
6th – Bexhill-on-Sea, De La Warr Pavilion

The Jesus and Mary Chain are also about to commence a short North American tour which culminates at the Day For Night Festival in Houston on December 17th.

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