News: Just like honey – The Jesus and Mary Chain announce ’40 years’ Australian and New Zealand tour.

In a massive week for tour news, the inimitable icons The Jesus and Mary Chain have just announced their 40 year celebration tour of Australia and New Zealand.

This is hot on the heels of their brilliant new album ‘Glasgow Eyes’ (reviewed by me here).

It’s been seven years since we last heard from the iconic band, and it has been well worth the wait with the band producing one of their most creative and innovative albums yet. It is an album which seemingly picks up the baton directly from ‘Psycho Candy’ – it could almost be seen as that album’s natural successor – combining their trademark Beach Boys melodies with chainsaws. And yet, perhaps reflecting a forty year journey, there is an element of self reflection and defiant poignancy hidden deep down below the sneering swagger.

From their origins on the outskirts of Glasgow, The Jesus and Mary Chain have gone on to influence many of music’s greatest minds, and are consistently referenced as a chief source of inspiration for the likes of My Bloody Valentine and Nirvana. 1985’s ‘Psychocandy’ is widely considered to be one of the most influential post punk records ever released. 

As outsiders who shaped the very fabric of British music history, The Jesus and Mary Chain stand apart yet are one of the most influential acts of the modern era. 

Jim Reid states that:

We’ve never fit in anywhere, and that’s just fine with us. We are the party, and that’s all that matters.

This will be one tour not to be missed. Presented by SBM, the dates are:

Tue 30 July: Powerstation, Auckland
Thu 1 Aug: Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Sat 3 Aug: The Tivoli, Brisbane
Sun 4 Aug: Forum, Melbourne
Tue 6 Aug: Hindley Street Music Hall, Adelaide
Thu 8 Aug: Astor Theatre, Perth

Pre sale
Friday 3 May, 12pm [AEST].
Tickets and details here

‘Glasgow Eyes’ is out through Fuzz Club Records on Friday, 22 March 2024 and you can order it here and through the link below. Physical formats include CD, single vinyl and, for those who love the sound of vinyl at its purest, limited edition 45 rpm double-vinyl lavishly packaged with artwork by William Reid.

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