The Jesus and Mary Chain announces ‘Live At Barrowlands’ deluxe edition

The Jesus and Mary Chain have announced the ‘Live At Barrowlands’ deluxe edition on July 31 via Demon Records, which they initially made available as a standard gatefold vinyl album for Record Store Day 2015. The deluxe edition features a 40-page hardback book including unseen photography, 180g heavyweight vinyl of ‘Pyschocandy’ performance, exclusive 10″ of the 7-track prequel set including singles and fan favorites cut by legendary engineer Noel Summerville (My Bloody Valentine / The White Stripes) and CD of the entire gig along with candid interviews with Jim and William Reid and Alan McGee.

Three decades after The Jesus and Mary Chain first appeared on the scene in an explosion of noise, leather and attitude, it was announced that one of the most turbulent bands in pop history would be performing their classic debut album, ‘Psychocandy,’ live for the first time in its entirety to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release.

Forming in East Kilbride in 1983, The Jesus and Mary Chain announced their arrival on the scene with a series of provocatively short gigs (average length: ten minutes). Staged by nascent scene-maker Alan McGee, brothers Jim and William Reid – aided by the brain-dead stomp of a young Bobby Gillespie on drums – set forth their stall of proto-shoegazing.

Released in 1985, ‘Psychocandy’ was a cocktail of speed and hallucinogens mixed with equal parts Beach Boys’ melody and Velvets’ minimalism. A combination of guitar feedback with traditional pop song structure proved influential on the forthcoming shoegaze genre and alternative rock in general influencing the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Spiritualized and more recently The Horrors, along with countless others.

Speaking about the 30th anniversary of ‘Psychocandy,’ Jim Reid said, “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. In 1985, there were a great many people who predicted no more than a six-month life span for The Mary Chain.”

Track listing:

April Skies
Head On
Some Candy Talking
Psycho Candy
Up Too High
Upside Down


Just Like Honey
The Living End
Taste The Floor
The Hardest Walk
Cut Dead
In A Hole
Taste Of Cindy
Never Understand
Inside Me
Sowing Seeds
My Little Underground
You Trip Me Up
Something’s Wrong
It’s So Hard

As part of the ATP Season at the Roundhouse, Camden, the band will perform Psychocandy in full on the 5th of July for only the second time in the capital since their reformation.

US tour dates:
08/22 Los Angeles, CA – FYF

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