Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain sings at NOS Alive in Portugal on July 11, 2015. (Photo by Ana Viotti)
When The Jesus and Mary Chain debuted in 1985 with their powerful album Psychocandy, they set out to do something different then what they heard on the radio. Band leader Jim Reid has said there was so much electronic music at the time that he wanted to make a great guitar record.
And make a great guitar record they did. Psychocandy has endured as a much believed masterpiece that made people stand up and take notice of noise pop and set the stage for the rise of shoegaze throughout the United Kingdom within the next couple of years.
So it’s a very potent thing that The Jesus and Mary Chain chose to mark the 30th anniversary of the album with a world tour to commemorate it, playing the album from start to finish along with a handful of their other well-known songs.
The brothers Jim and William Reid, the two-part keystone of the band, and their bandmates brought the show to the 9:30 Club in DC on Sunday night to a very full house. The club never announced the show was officially sold out, but damn I’ve been in sold-out shows there that had a lot more elbow room!
Jim Reid (Photo courtesy High Ride Touring)
The Jesus and Mary Chain are touring on the 30th anniversary of their seminal album, Psychocandy, and they bring the show to the 9:30 Club this Sunday, Sept. 27.
Guitarist and vocalist Jim Reid said of the album, “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.”
Clearly, the band in general and the album in particular have enjoyed a longer run than those critics predicted, and Rolling Stone once named the album to its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Listen to Psychocandy on Spotify:
Psychocandy thrust the Jesus and Mary Chain into the top tier of bands for a lot of afficianados and broadened interest in the burgeoning noise-pop scene overnight. The Jesus and Mary Chain will play the album in its entirety on Sunday night.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to see the performance of a classic album from a band on its way back into the public eye in a big way. (Oh, and the Brothers Jim and William (Reid) have promised new music is on the way, which means we could soon see the first new Jesus and Mary Chain album since 1998!)
Tickets are available online and at the door.
The Jesus and Mary Chain
w/ The Black Ryder
Sunday, Sept. 27