Two Chances to Catch the Jesus and Mary Chain at Terminal 5September 23rd, 2015
Inspired by bands like the Sex Pistols, brothers Jim Reid (vocals) and William Reid (guitar and vocals) formed the Jesus and Mary Chain in their native Scotland more than 30 years ago. “By blending the Beach Boys’ sunny pop with the Velvet Underground’s black-leather cool,” the distortion-loving shoegaze pioneers—currently rounded out by Phil King (bass), Brian Young (drums) and Mark Crozer (guitar)—would go on to become one of the biggest alternative-rock acts in the world on the strength of six studio albums, smash hits, like “Head On” and “Just Like Honey,” and several international tours. But it wasn’t meant to last, and the Jesus and Mary Chain broke up in the late-’90s. Fortunately, that didn’t take either, and the band reunited in 2007, going on to make several appearances over the next few years. But to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their blistering landmark debut album, Psychocandy (stream it below), the Jesus and Mary Chain (above, performing “Just Like Honey”) are back out on the road, playing the album in its entirety. And you’ve got two chances to see them locally when they play Terminal 5 tomorrow and Friday.