Legendary proto-shoegazers The Jesus and Mary Chain have laid out plans for a trio of shows.
The band’s seminal album Psychocandy dropped in 1985, and informed a legion of noisy rock bands who would juxtapose distortion with almost calming ambience. It’s hard to believe that My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless would have emerged without the Reid brothers’ early groundwork, for instance.
Now, in preparation for next year’s 30th anniversary, the band have announced that they will perform three shows where they’ll perform the album in its entirety, and also garnish the set with a few unreleased jams from the era.
It’ll be the band’s first shows in over five years, and they’ll be touching down in Manchester, London and Glasgow. Whether they’ll be taking Psychocandy out of the UK remains to be seen, but Jim Reid had this to say about the anniversary:
“Psychocandy was meant to be a kick in the teeth to all of those who stood in our way at the time, which was practically the whole music industry. In 1985 there were a great many people who predicted no more than a six month life span for The Mary Chain. To celebrate the approaching 30th anniversary of the album, we would like to perform it in its entirety. We will also perform key songs from that period that did not feature on the album.” [via NME]
11/19 – London, The Troxy
11/20 – Manchester, Academy
11/21 – Glasgow, Barrowlands