The Jesus and Mary Chain release Chemical Animalthe new single which, between dark and dark atmospheres and claustrophobic lyrics, looks at the ghosts of the past.
The work on our autobiography definitely influenced the work on the album. Jamcodethe first single from the album, was about that night in 1998 at the House of Blues when the band broke up.
“Chemical Animal” is a different but related song. I was thinking back to those dark days of chemical dependency. When you fall so deep into that hole that everything you do is by instinct.
Drugs are the driving force. The thing that gets you from a to b is whether you can hang on. It was a horrible way to live and I’m grateful I don’t live that way anymore.
An effect that made me aware of how our brain, who we are, how we feel and what we do, depend on our neural chemistry, a chemistry beyond our control.
It’s a biological curse we can’t escape – says Jim Reid.
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40 years after their first single, The Jesus And Mary Chain announce their return with ‘Glasgow Eyes’, the album arriving on March 8th on the Fuzz Club – Cooking Vinyl label. The two brothers Jim and William Reid will further celebrate their 40th year of activity in 2024 with an autobiography (published by Orion/White Rabbit) and an important tour in the United Kingdom and Europe, which will also take them to Italy for an eagerly awaited appointment on April 17th in Milan, Alcatraz.
‘Glasgow Eyes’ was recorded at Mogwai’s studio, Castle of Doom, in Glasgow, where Jim and William previously reunited for the previous album, ‘Damage and Joy’ (2017), which became their highest charting album in the rankings of the last twenty years. What has emerged is a record that sees one of the UK’s most influential groups embrace a second chapter in production, where their whirlwind of melodies and chaos now play in a more audible format, softened by their love of Suicide and Kraftwerk and by a new appreciation for jazz.
Don’t expect the Mary Chain to become jazz” underlines Jim Reid. “People should expect a Jesus and Mary Chain record and that’s certainly what Glasgow Eyes is. Our creative approach is the same as in 1984, just come to the studio and see what happens. We came in with a lot of songs and let them run their course. There are no rules, it’s a sort of telepathy, we’re those strange twins who finish each other’s sentences.”
A career marked by intense music, at times dark, but at the same time romantic in which the past, present and future have always found great affirmation. Their music is a container in which time merges in a surprising alchemy, always leaving great space for experimentation.
17 APRIL 2024 | MILAN @ ALCATRAZ
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