The Jesus and Mary Chain announce ‘Psychocandy’ anniversary shows

Jim Reid, lead singer of Jesus and Mary Chain, performs at Coachella in 2007. The band has announced shows celebrating the 30th anniversary of its debut album, "Psychocandy."
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Nearly thirty years ago, the Scottish band The Jesus and Mary Chain released its debut album,  “Psychocandy,” one of the harshest yet catchiest rock albums ever to bludgeon a tape machine.

The band’s mix of apocalyptic feedback and girl-group songwriting paired rock’s two competing impulses -- noise and melody -- in entirely new ways. The album remains beloved -- its single “Just Like Honey” closed out the film “Lost in Translation,” whose star Scarlett Johansson later sang it with the band at Coachella in 2007.

Now the band has announced a small run of tour dates celebrating the album’s 30-year anniversary.

The group, founded by brothers Jim and William Reid, will play “Psychocandy” in its entirety over dates in London, Manchester and Glasgow in November.


But expect more to come -- the Mary Chain said in a statement that this mini-tour is an “opening salvo in what threatens to be a host of live onslaughts, festival dates and other special plans from the band in the run-up to ‘Psychocandy’s' anniversary date next year.”

To further complete the synergy, the group has also realigned itself with its old manager Alan McGee, in his new venture Creation Management. McGee founded the beloved label Creation Records, which released early material from the band and other acts like Primal Scream.