After nearly 20 years The Jesus and Mary Chain have a new album out, but it’s not been easy. Duncan Seaman reports.
Damage and Joy, the new album from The Jesus and Mary Chain, has been a long time coming.
Nineteen years on, in fact, from its predecessor, Munki, and ten years even from the point at which the band’s notoriously combustible songwriting core, brothers Jim and William Reid, decided to let bygones be bygones and reform for live shows.
Singer Jim Reid, 55, admits there was a period when he and William simply couldn’t agree how they wanted to do another album.
“I guess that was when we got back together in 2007 – that was the reason why we didn’t do the album then,” he says. “We couldn’t agree not just how the album was going to sound but how we were going to record it.
“At that time I didn’t feel right about doing a record. William wanted to do it right there and then. But there were other reasons. One of my daughters had been born in 2007 , I didn’t want to disappear at that time to the studio and off on endless tours.
“There was also the fact that the record we’d made before that was Munki which was incredibly difficult to make. It was quite painful being in the studio making that record – that was still quite fresh in my memory.”
Over the years that followed Jim says he found “various reasons” to put off recording. “I would do interviews and people would ask ‘When’s the record out?’ because everybody had got wind of the fact that we were supposed to be doing one and I just kept saying, ‘It’ll be out soon, soon, soon’ and then so many years had gone by and I thought ‘This is just ridiculous,
I’m going to have to tell people that there’s no record or we’ll have to make a record’, so I just thought it would be better if we made a record, really. I went to William and said, ‘Fair enough, let’s do it’.
“We weren’t really sure how it was going to work so we both just tried it out. We were also worried that it was going to be World
War Three again in the studio
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