Jesus and Mary Chain Set to Release First New Album in Nearly 20 Years
The Jesus and Mary Chain have been busy recently out on the road, even as a recording drought stretched out over more than 18 years. Now comes word, via their former label Creation Records, that the Scottish alternative rock band is back in the studio.
"They've made another album. It's a big deal; it's unbelievable," Alan McGee, the label's still-stunned sounding co-founder, confirmed in an talk with CBC Music. "It’s kinda enormous."
A band rep confirmed the news in an email to Spin, as well.
This as-yet-titled new project is apparently due in March, on Warner Bros. Records. It would follow 2015's Live at Barrowlands, which was drawn from a 2014-15 tour in commemoration of the Jesus and Mary Chain's U.K. gold-selling 1985 debut Psychocandy.
Founded by brothers Jim and William Reid in 1983, the Jesus and Mary Chain released six albums before initially splitting in 1999. They reformed in 2007 to perform at Coachella, and have toured consistently ever since. Their last studio effort was Munki, from back in 1998.
Jim Reid first mentioned the prospect of a new Jesus and Mary Chain record in September. "We’re doing an album now," he told TimeOut. "We actually just started recording. It’s early days, but I would say it’s a more mature sound for the Mary Chain. But let’s just wait and see."