The Jesus and Mary Chain are set to release their long-awaited new album Damage And Joy on March 24th. The album is their first since Munki was released backed in the summer of 1998.
Fronted by the Reid brothers Jim and William, The Jesus and Mary Chain first reformed to play the Coachella festival back in 2007. Despite regular touring – most notably a 2015 world tour which revisited their landmark album Psychocandy – it took some time before they could agree on a plan to record a much-mooted seventh album.
“We started to – can you believe? – listen to each other a bit more,” explains Jim. “In the last couple of years, we’ve buried the hatchet to some degree, and thankfully not into each other. Most people who know us would say that we haven’t mellowed that much. I think it was to do with the fact, dare I say it, that wisdom comes with age. Let’s live and let live, and let’s take each other’s opinions into account.”
Work on Damage And Joy (a reference to the English translation of schadenfreude) began in September 2015, with producer Youth also contributing bass and diplomacy to proceedings during sessions in London, Dublin and Granada, Spain.
The album commences with ‘Amputation’, in which waves of distorted guitar and Jim’s insouciant vocal delivery collide to create a hypnotic track which addresses his feelings of “being edited out of the whole music business… I felt like a rock ‘n’ roll amputation.”
Other highlights include a refined and re-energised new version of ‘All Things Must Pass’ which previously featured in the TV show ‘Heroes’ and then on ‘Upside Down: The Best of The Jesus and Mary Chain’; the raw garage-rock of ‘Facing Up To The Facts’ which offers the revealing lyric: “I hate my brother and he hates me / That’s the way it’s supposed to be”’; and the jagged power-pop that simmers in ‘The Two of Us’.
The album also features performances from the band’s touring drummer Brian Young as well as former Lush bassist Phil King.
“The interesting thing about this record is what comes out of the speakers,” declares Jim. “To make a good record is an achievement if you’re twenty-two, but to do it in your fifties, the way we are, I think is a minor miracle.”
By Wal Reid
Kiwi rockers Head Like a Hole, or more affectionately known to fans as HLAH, have seen a few things in their time. Guitarist Nigel Regan jokes at the thought of playing ‘starkers’ again citing, “I think I’m a bit soft around the middle to get naked these days.”
Legendary New Zealand band Head Like A Hole will embark on a 13 date national tour in May to mark the 25th anniversary and the re-release of their debut album '13'.
Pixies are hitting our shores this week, with shows in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. We're pretty excited about this and thought it would be an excellent time to share our Top 10 Pixies songs!!
Out on the tar sealed and gravelly roads this April and May, legendary Dunedin pop group The Chills have announced their embarkation on a vigorous and far-reaching New Zealand tour.
Los Angeles-based new romantic, Andrew Keoghan returns to New Zealand for three shows in the homeland.
Lovely Creatures is the most comprehensive overview of the recorded work of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to date.
Los Angeles-based new romantic Andrew Keoghan returns for a specially curated show at Auckland's TheTuning Fork on Friday 28 April, celebrating the release of his critically acclaimed second album Every Orchid Offering.
Rising Australian band Vancouver Sleep Clinic will release their debut album, Revival on April 7. The video for album track 'Someone To Stay' can be viewed below.
Auckland post-punk outfit Cut Off Your Hands have been announced as the support act for Pixies on all three New Zealand concert dates next month.
Having just made her triple j Hottest 100 debut with her stand out anthem 'Girlie Bits', Ali Barter has revealed her newest single 'Cigarette'.
Post-rock trailblazers sleepmakeswaves have announced a massive start to 2017 with a plethora of tour dates and the news that their third album 'Made of Breath Only' will be released Friday March 24th through Bird’s Robe Records.