The Jesus And Mary Chain bring Psychocandy tour to Newcastle

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ONE of the most notorious bands to come out of the 1980s have added a North-East date to the sold-out tour celebrating their classic debut album.

The Jesus And Mary Chain, whose discordant noise is cited as an influence by many of today’s groups, will play at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Wednesday, February 18.

Formed in East Kilbride, on the outskirts of Glasgow, in 1983, the band centred around the often-turbulent songwriting partnership between brothers Jim and William Reid.

With strong Velvet Underground influences, their melodic wall of noise went on to inspire such bands as My Bloody Valentine and, later, Glasvegas.

Their live shows often ended in chaos, but their 1985 debut album Psychocandy marked them out as something a bit different, with its slow, throbbing noise-pop.

It spawned such classics as Just Like Honey and Some Candy Talking.

“Psychocandy was meant to be a kick in the teeth to all those who stood in our way at the time, which was practically the whole music industry,” said Jim Reid.

“In 1985 there were a great many people who predicted no more than a six-month life space for the Mary Chain.”

The Newcastle date is one of 10 in February, which mark the start of a year of activity celebrating the 30th anniversary of Psychocandy.

Tickets, priced £25, are on sale now from (08444) 772000.

With the Reid brothers hinting that they have been working on new material, and could be on the verge of releasing a new album, it could be a very special gig indeed.