Few bands have had such a huge effect on musical culture, as The Jesus and Mary Chain. Their attitude alone, dressed in black, angry with the world, playing short sets drenched in feedback, set the bench mark in the post Sex Pistols music scene of London. Their seminal debut album Psychocandy would go on to change the course of popular music, channeling the sneering angst and noise distortion of the live shows into hypnotic sweet melodies layered with dark lyrics that would beguile and bewilder.
The band formed in East Kilbride, a wasteland on the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland in 1983, around the writing partnership of the Reid brothers, William and Jim.
They soon moved to London and their “win or die trying” attitude and thrashing guitar sound, was bought to the attention of Alan Mcgee and Creation records, by Bobby Gillespie, vocalist with another Scottish band, Primal Scream. The first single “Upside Down” was released, and Gillespie joined the band as drummer. Gillespie pursued the Velvet Underground, single snare and floor tom sound that became prevalent on the recording of the Psychocandy album.
In stark contrast to the adrenaline fueled 15 minute live shows, that often ended in violence and riot, (as the Reid’s inflammatory interaction with the thrill hungry crowd, saw them provoking utter chaos,) the slow throbbing noise pop Psychcocandy album, spawned such classics as “Just Like Honey” and “Some Candy Talking.”
The Album Darklands was released, as the tour ended in more chaos following Jim Reid’s arrest for allegedly assaulting a member of the audience in Canada who heckled him.
In 1994 the Album, Stoned & Dethroned, was released, and a single taken from the album “Sometimes Always,” featuring Hope Sandoval from Mazzy Star, gave the band a commercial hit. They showcased the song on The Late Show with David Letterman bordering on a mainstream American breakthrough, in true Mary Chain style, it took another four years to put out another US Album: Munki, released by Seattle’s Sub Pop (original home of Nirvana, who were huge fans of the band.)
A succession of well documented break ups, fueled by brotherly love and internal tensions followed, as William took up resindence in Los Angeles and Jim returned to the UK.
The brothers came together in 2007 to perform at Coachella Music Festival, to be joined on stage by Scarlett Johansson, for the “Just Like Honey” hit.
“ We have a bunch of new stuff, there’s been this album that everyone has talked about.”
Following the bands re acquaintance with Creation Management in 2014 they are engaged in a series of festival dates across the globe. Things have come full circle for the brothers Reid.
Both William and Jim are totally invigorated by the prospect of performing live again and finishing off the elusive album as well as a slight wink towards the 2015, 30 year anniversary of Psychocandy.