First Primal Scream, and now another one of my fave bands of all time, The Jesus and Mary Chain have announced that they’ll be going out on a North American tour, too. This time, they’ll celebrate the 30th anniversary of their brilliant Psychocandy album with a series of concerts. The Scottish band already announced their UK tour dates, which run through February, but they’re also going to be crossing the ocean in May for a round of shows in the United States and Canada.
Few bands have had such a huge effect on musical culture, as The Jesus and Mary Chain. Their attitude alone, dressed in black, angry with the world, playing short sets drenched in feedback, set the bench mark in the post Sex Pistols music scene of London. Their seminal debut album Psychocandy would go on to change the course of popular music, channeling the sneering angst and noise distortion of the live shows into hypnotic sweet melodies layered with dark lyrics that would beguile and bewilder.
“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,” vocalist and guitarist Jim Reid said in a statement. “In 1985, there were a great many people who predicted no more than a six-month lifespan for the Mary Chain.”
The Jesus and Mary Chain North American tour dates:
May 1 – Toronto, Ontario @ Canadian Music Week
May 3 – Detroit, MI @ St Andrew’s Hall
May 5 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera
May 7 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
May 9 – Austin, TX @ Levitation (Austin Psych Fest)
May 11 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
May 13 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Vogue Theatre
May 14 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
May 16 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield