Track: ‘Girl 71’ is a fuzzy pop blast from The Jesus and Mary Chain as new album waits in the wings.

Feature Photograph: Mel Butler

Due now for a slightly later release on 22 March, anticipation rises for the new album ‘Glasgow Eyes’ from veteran legends The Jesus and Mary Chain, and appetites are further whetted by the new single ‘Girl 71’. The track is a sixties-infused riff-heavy sneery nihilistic delight – girl you got nothing, you got me, you got nothing and that’s nothing, you got me… Delicious and cathartic fare:

‘Girl 71’ is available to to download and stream here.

Marking 40 years of The Jesus And Mary Chain, ‘Glasgow Eyes’ was recorded at Mogwai’s Castle of Doom studio in Glasgow, where the Reid brothers continued the creative process that resulted in their previous album, 2017’s ‘Damage and Joy’, becoming their highest charting album in over twenty years. What emerged is a record that finds one of the UK’s most influential groups embracing a productive second chapter, their maelstrom of melody, feedback and controlled chaos now informed more audibly by their love for Suicide and Kraftwerk and a fresh appreciation of the less disciplined attitudes found in jazz.

Jim Reid says:

But don’t expect ‘the Mary Chain goes jazz.’ People should expect a Jesus and Mary Chain record, and that’s certainly what ‘Glasgow Eyes’ is. Our creative approach is remarkably the same as it was in 1984, just hit the studio and see what happens. We went in with a bunch of songs and let it take its course. There are no rules, you just do whatever it takes. And there’s a telepathy there – we are those weird not-quite twins that finish each other’s sentences.” ‘

‘Glasgow Eyes’ is out on 22 March 2024 through Fuzz Club Records and you can preorder here and through the link below:

This year will see The Jesus and Mary Chain embark upon an extensive tour of the UK, Ireland and Europe which commences in March. Strong demand for tickets has seen additional shows added in both London and Manchester after the initial dates rapidly sold-out. Remaining tickets for the dates, listed here and below are available here. Their festival plans for 2024 are also taking shape, with Festival Tomavistas (Spain), Paredes De Coura (Portugal) and Cruel World (USA) already confirmed.

Feature Photograph: Mel Butler

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