Listen: The Jesus and Mary Chain - “Amputation”

Damage and Joy Due Out March 24, 2017 via ADA/Warner Music

Dec 08, 2016 Photography by Steve Gullick
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Earlier today Scottish icons The Jesus and Mary Chain officially announced a new album, which, when released, will be their first album in 19 years. It's entitled Damage and Joy and is due out March 24, 2017 via ADA/Warner Music. As promised, the album's first single and opening track, "Amputation," premiered this evening U.K. time on Steve Lamacq's BBC 6 Music radio show and now you can stream it below, via Pitchfork.

Last month Creation Records founder and the band's manager, Alan McGee, said in an interview with CBC that the band's new album would be due out next March. The album of course features founding members and brothers Jim and William Reid. Former Lush bassist Phil King, who has long been touring with The Jesus and Mary Chain, also plays on the record, as does JAMC's touring drummer Brian Young. Youth produced the album and also plays bass on it.

The Jesus and Mary Chain haven't released a studio album since 1998's Munki, but last year they were found touring their classic 1985-released debut album Psychocandy, performing it in full in honor of its 30th anniversary. Frontman Jim Reid also revealed in an interview last year with Time Out New York that the band was working on a new album, saying it was "a more mature sound for the Mary Chain."

Read our 2015 in-depth print article on Psychocandy that includes interviews with Jim Reid and Alan McGee. And read our bonus website Q&A with Jim Reid. Also check out our list where we ranked all of The Jesus and Mary Chain's albums from best to worst.



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