The Jesus And Mary Chain Are Back

Incredibly, it’s been 40 years since The Jesus and Mary Chain released their first single, and the Reid brothers return with their first new material since 2017’s Damage And Joy (which was their first album in 19 years). They have released a brand new track from their forthcoming album, Glasgow Eyes in the shape of lead single “jamcod.” The single’s title is very likely not a reference to a weird Scottish delicacy( I mean come on, what sort of deviant would put jam on fish?) Instead, it is the band acronym JAMC with an added OD on the end. After waiting so long for new music, fans will be happy to OD on a tune which contains the band’s signature sound, with Jim Reid’s cool, laconic drawl juxtaposed with brother William’s explosive guitar sound plus some additional electronic flourishes which may hint at what direction the new album will take.

Jim and William Reid—also mark their 40th year in 2024 with an autobiography (published by Orion/White Rabbit) and a major UK and European tour. I interviewed Jim for Under The Radar magazine recently, in which he said (of the album), “It will be a bit different; it’s quite experimental and electronic. Not so much that you won’t recognize it as the Mary Chain, but yeah, we messed about with the sound a bit.” You can read the full interview HERE.

In the Glasgow Eyes press release, it mentions the album is informed by the Reid’s love of Suicide and Kraftwerk, “and a fresh appreciation of the less disciplined attitudes found in jazz.” Jim expands, “But don’t expect ‘the Mary Chain goes jazz.’ People should expect a Jesus and Mary Chain record, and that’s certainly what Glasgow Eyes is. Our creative approach is remarkably the same as it was in 1984—just hit the studio and see what happens. We went in with a bunch of songs and let it take its course. There are no rules; you just do whatever it takes. And there’s a telepathy there—we are those weird, not-quite twins that finish each other’s sentences.”

Glasgow Eyes is now available to pre-order HERE. Physical formats include CD, single vinyl and, for those who love the sound of vinyl at its purest, limited edition 45 rpm double-vinyl lavishly packaged with artwork by William Reid. Fans who pre-order the album before 10am on Friday December 1st receive priority access to tour tickets. Pre-orders open at 11am GMT today.

March 22 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall

March 25 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia

March 26 – Belfast, UK @ Limelight 1

March 27 – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall

March 30 – London, UK @ Roundhouse

April 2 – Copenhagen, DK @ Amager Bio

April 3 – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik

April 5 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller

April 6 – Stockholm, SE @ Munich Brewery

April 7 – Malmo, SE @ Plan B

April 9 – Hamburg, DE @ Markthalle

April 11 – Berlin, DE @ Huxleys

April 12 – Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall

April 13 – Paris, FR @ Elysée Montmartre

April 15 – Geneva, CH @ L’Usine

April 16 – Winterthur, CH @ Salzhaus

April 17 – Milan, IT @ Alcatraz

April 19 – Krems, AT @ Donaufestival

April 20 – Heidelberg, DE @ Halle O2

April 21 – Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn Festival

April 23 – Brussels, BE @ AB

April 24 – The Hague, NL @ Paard

The Jesus and Mary Chain
Glasgow Eyes
(Fuzz Club)
March 8, 2024
Pre-order HERE

Track List:

1. ‘Venal Joy’
2. ‘American Born’
3. ‘Mediterranean X Film’
4. ‘jamcod’
5. ‘Discotheque’
6. ‘Pure Poor’
7. ‘The Eagles and The Beatles’
8. ‘Silver Strings’
9. ‘Chemical Animal
10. ‘Second of June’
11. ‘Girl 71’
12. ‘Hey Lou Reid’

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1 thought on “The Jesus And Mary Chain Are Back”

  1. Where can I get hold of the single “Jamcod”, didn’t it come out last month? (Dec 2023)


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