“Psychocandy heroically embodies the bleeding-heart recklessness at the core of rock’n’roll, and the Mary Chain can still access those feelings. And so we can too.” The Guardian
Scottish post-punk trailblazers, The Jesus and Mary Chain return to Melbourne in March for a celebratory performance of their ground-breaking record, Psychocandy, 30 years after its release.
Formed in East Kilbride on the outskirts of Glasgow by the Reid brothers William and Jim in the early 80’s, Jesus and Mary Chain and would continue to become leaders in the post-punk movement. Influenced by soulful girl groups and the drug fuelled art scene of the 60’s, the Reid brothers, later joined by Bobby Gillespie (of Primal Scream fame) developed their craft. Their sound reflected their morose upbringings, sheets of heavy aural fog created with broken instruments with effects tweaked and turned to full volume. These noises completed with the dual minds of the Reid brothers, lacing lyrics about teenage angst and fidgety discontent through the aural muck.
Their back-to-basics philosophy for music making provided to be ageless with their debut Psychocandy remaining as a great influencer for artists like Nirvana, My Bloody Valentine among countless other appreciators.
After seldom performances over the last decade, Jesus and Mary Chain have returned to stages this year to perform Psychocandy in full. Diverse crowds have gathered to celebrate a record that carries so much weight historically in the 80’s music scene and punk in general. To hear classic creations like “Just Like Honey”, alongside lesser recognised singles from the album played in it’s full, undistracted form will certainly not be something to miss.