Following the release of their first album in 19 years, the heavenly sounding Damage and Joy via Artificial Plastic in March, The Jesus and Mary Chain are taking it back on the road.
Jim Reid and his brother William first re-united ten years ago for a main stage performance at Coachella Festival where they were joined by Scarlett Johansson for a performance of ‘Just Like Honey’, but it took several years for the brothers to agree on their next step.
Together they have sporadically toured in the last decade since re-uniting, having released a greatest hits compilation in 2010 and toured the globe in 2015 to celebrate the 30th birthday of their timeless record Psychocandy.
The Scottish shoegaze outfit began work on their seventh studio album in September 2015 and recording sessions took place across London, Dublin and the sunnier location of Granada, Spain. Talking about him and his brother’s relationship, Jim said: “In the last couple of years, we’ve buried the hatchet to some degree, and thankfully not into each other.” He added “let’s live and let live, and let’s take each other’s opinions into account.”
The album has been well received, fiery album opener ‘Amputation’ doesn’t sound like it comes from a band who haven’t recorded anything in 19 years and are in their mid-fifties but then again, The Jesus and Mary Chain are no ordinary band.
Due to the success of the initial dates of the Damage and Joy tour, the band have extended the tour with extra dates added across Britain throughout September and October.
The extra dates are:
19th Norwich UEA
20th London O2 Forum
21st Liverpool Olympia
23rd Glasgow O2 ABC
24th Middlesbrough Empire
25th Sheffield Foundry
27th Northampton Roadmender
29th Cornwall Looe Festival
1st Nottingham Rock City
2nd Bath Komedia
3rd Cardiff University