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The Jesus & Mary Chain Working On Comeback Album


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Brothers Jim and William Reid disbanded the group shortly after releasing Munki in 1998, but they reformed to perform at California's Coachella festival in 2007 and have been on the road ever since.

And now Jim reveals the siblings are recording a long-awaited follow-up to Munki.

He tells Time Out New York, "We’re doing an album now. We actually just started recording. It’s early days, but I would say it’s a more mature sound for the Mary Chain. But let's just wait and see."

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Alt-J, The Libertines And The Jesus And Mary Chain Among Best Kept Secret 2015 First Announcements


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The Netherlands' Best Kept Secret Festival won't be a secret for long if they keep introducing stellar acts such as this each year! The first line-up announcement includes Alt-J, The Libertines and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

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Joining the third line-up for Best Kept Secret this June is some of the finest indie, rock, punk and electronic artists the world has to over, with 35 more acts yet to be announced. Alongside newly reunited headliners The Libertines on Friday, June 19th 2015 are alt-rock veterans The Jesus And Mary Chain, playing the full tracklist of their 1985 debut album 'Psychocandy'. Aussie chart topper Chet Faker will also make an appearance, with Alabama's St. Paul & The Broken Bones who are currently on their 'Half The City' tour.

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Jesus And Mary Chain Offered Ak-47s In Brazil


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Scottish rockers The Jesus And Mary Chain had a terrifying time during a trip to Brazil when they discovered high-powered assault rifles for sale on a beach.

The cult band, who reunited in 2007 after an eight-year split, headed to South America earlier this year (14) for some low-key gigs, but they were in for a shock when they went to relax on Rio de Janeiro's famous waterfront.

The band's manager Alan MCGee tells Uncut magazine, "All the gigs were f**king amazing, mass singalongs and all that b**locks. But it got slightly strange too - in Rio de Janeiro, on Copacabana Beach, we got offered Ak-47s!"

Primavera Sound Festival - 2013 Preview


It's May and festival season is upon us, which means it will soon be time for Primavera Sound 2013, arguably the pinnacle of Europe's increasingly popular schedule. Set in beautiful Barcelona and mainly based on the Parc Del Forum site at the heart of the Diagonal Mar area of the Sant Marti district, this year's event will be the thirteenth edition of a festival that first opened its doors in the summer of 2001.

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As has been the norm in recent years, Primavera week kicks off with a series of fringe events starting on Monday 20th May. Sonic Boom's Spectrum headline the Sala Apolo venue, with the likes of Bo Ningen, Godflesh, Veronica Falls and Parquet Courts all playing there over the two nights. The main festival itself kicks off at the Parc Del Forum on Wednesday 22nd May, with The Vaccines and Delorean heading a bill that also includes hotly tipped US trio Guards and skatepunk duo The Bots. 

The main event itself gathers momentum the next evening for the following three days, where over 200 artists will perform across eight different stages until the early hours of Sunday morning. However, as in previous years, that isn't where the fun ends, as there'll be a series of free shows on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May in the Parc De La Ciutadella featuring the likes of Merchandise, The Babies and Mac De Marco, while Sunday evening's closing ceremony at the Sala Apolo will see performances from Deerhunter, Come and The Orchids among many others.

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The Jesus And Mary Chain Reform For U.s. Tour


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Scottish rockers The Jesus And Mary Chain will reform to embark on a tour of the U.S.

The band has not played together since 2008 when they performed a tribute gig in memory of their former drummer Nick Sanderson, who died of lung cancer the same year.

They have now announced a whistle-stop tour of America in March (12), including a set at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

Original members Jim and William Reid will reform with guitarist John Moore and bassist Phil King for the shows. A new drummer is yet to be announced.

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The Jesus And Mary Chain Reunited After Renouncing Alcohol


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Brothers WILLIAM and JIM REID of The Jesus And Mary Chain only agreed to reunite the band after making a pact with one other to give up alcohol.
Tensions between the Scottish rockers were spurred on by the siblings' alcohol-fuelled arguments, which eventually caused the group to split in 1998.
But after being asked to perform at California festival Coachella earlier this year (Apr07), the pair decided to renounce alcohol in an attempt to mend their past rifts and continue their career in music.
William, 49, says, "When we ended in '98, we hated each other. A lot of that was down to drink and drugs. Jim's completely sober now, and I don't drink during the shows.
"But there is a kind of wariness. We're both aware that we could snap at each other but we're trying to hold it together. We love this band, and we love each other."

The Jesus And Mary Chain To Record New Album


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Cult rockers The Jesus And Mary Chain are to record their first album since 1998 following their recent reunion for a series of live performances.
The group reformed in April (07) for a performance at California's Coachella Festival, and things have been going so well the band members have now decided to hit the studio.
Frontman Jim Reid says, "The reunion is not necessarily about any nostalgia trip. There will be a new record, otherwise there wouldn't be any point to reforming."
The last Jesus And Mary Chain album was 1998's Munki.

Reid: 'I Was Drunk For 15 Years'


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The Jesus And Mary Chain rocker JIM REID played his first ever gig without the aid of alcohol in 15 years last month (Apr07).
The group reformed in April (07) for a performance at California's Coachella Festival, and the band's frontman admits it was the first time he'd been on stage without a drink.
He says, "In all the years the Mary Chain were together, I never played a single gig - not one - sober.
"I used to go on stage drunk. Sometimes it was fabulous. Most times it wasn't. If anything went wrong I was in such a befuddled state I didn't know how to sort it out. Gigs crumbled and I didn't know why.
"But I've cleaned up. I've not had a drink for 18 months. Now if I forget the lyrics, I'm able to rescue the song."

The Jesus And Mary Chain To Record New Album?


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Reformed rockers The Jesus And Mary Chain are planning to record a new album - according to media reports.
The British band performed their first gig in nine years last Thursday (26Apr07) at the Glass House venue in Pomona, California, before wowing the crowds at the Coachella Festival two days later (28Apr07).
And the group obviously enjoyed playing together again - Guitarist William Reid was reportedly overheard saying the band intend to head into the studio in October to work on their first album since 1998s Munki, reports NME.com.

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