Shy timid lads from East Kilbride, The Jesus & Mary Chain travelled to London in 1984 for their first live show unsure of what to expect.
Within 12 months, the band had signed to Creation, triggered actual, genuine riots and released a trailblazing debut album which would help spur indie pop, shoegaze, noise rock and more.
'Psychocandy' remains a bracing, stunning listen and to celebrate its impact The Jesus & Mary Chain are set to play a trio of shows dedicated to the album later this year.
In a neat historial turn, The Jesus & Mary Chain will be managed by Alan McGee. They are the first artists to be signed up to McGee’s newly launched Creation Management.
A pair of illuminating quotes:
Jim Reid: "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 it's entirety. We will also perform key songs from that period that did not feature on the album."
Alan McGee: "When they released this album in 1985 they were the best band in world - this is just a fact. A truly seminal rock n roll band, without them so many other bands after them would have never found their way forwards in a musical sense. The first band I ever worked with that I loved and 30 years later still love. 'Psychocandy' is a modern day classic its timeless and deserves your attention again. The Reid brothers are real scottish heroes. They changed rock music forever. People love them and they deserve that because they mean it.. Long may they rock 'n' roll!" –
The Jesus & Mary Chain have confirmed the following shows:
19 London Troxy
20 Manchester Academy
21 Glasgow Barrowlands