Broth­erly love

After nearly 20 years The Je­sus and Mary Chain have a new al­bum out, but it’s not been easy. Dun­can Sea­man re­ports.

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - 6/MUSIC -

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

We were wor­ried that it was go­ing to be World War Three again in

the stu­dio.

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