Atlanta, Georgia (November 12, 2017) – The Jesus and Mary Chain put on a killer show at The Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA! Jim Reid, William Reid, Scott Von Ryper, Mark Crozer, Brian Young played “Amputation“, “April Skies“, and “Head On“, among other fan favorites.
The Jesus and Mary Chain put on a thrilling show at Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse. They seamlessly brought together the nostalgic music and feel that makes fans who have been there from the start move and shake, while also managing to produce an Angst Retro vibe sure to make fans of the younger generation say “Yeah, you get me!” The smaller more intimate space of the Variety Playhouse left one with the feeling that the band was playing just for them. The old theater combines vintage chic and industrial grit which really added to the overall experience of the performance.
The Jesus and Mary Chain is a Scottish Alt-Rock Band that first formed in the early 1980’s, with the core of the band revolving around brothers Jim and William Reid. The Brothers spent 5 years prior to the forming of the band writing and recording songs, and developing the image and sound that was the starting foundation for this now much-beloved band. They pulled inspiration from several places including The Shangri-Las and The Velvet Underground. They released their first single in 1984 titled “Upside Down” and their first album in 1985 Titled Psychocandy. The album would go on to achieve critical acclaim. In the next 14 years, they would release another 5 albums before sadly, disbanding in 1999. The band thankfully returned to the stage reunited in 2007 and now after 19 years has released a new album Damage and Joy, which they were promoting at this show.
Damage and Joy was released by Artificial Plastic and was the first to be produced for them by Youth. The album contains 14 Tracks: “Amputation”, “War on Peace”, “All Things Pass”, “Always Sad”, “Song for a Secret”, “The Two of Us”, “Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)”, “Mood Rider”, “Presidici (Et Chapaquiditch)”, “Get on Home”, “Facing Up to the Facts”, “Simian Split”, “Black and Blues”, and “Can’t Stop the Rock”. Though less than one year from release the album has done amazingly well being given acclaim as one of the top albums of the year by 4 different publications.
No stranger to acclaim, Mark Crozer whose work has been purchased by the WWE shone bright opening with his band, Mark Crozer and The Rels. They kicked off the night right with a thrilling performance that really got the crowds’ blood pumping. Their music tied in a variety of instruments to create a sound that is unique in its ability to be a little a pop, a dash of rock, with a small side of old-school. Their sound was just what the crowd needed to get them buzzing with anticipation for the main event. The lead singer Mike Crozer has a hypnotic voice and tonight truly impressed as he went on to play with The Jesus and Mary Chain as well.
As Jim Reid (Lead Singer), William Reid (Lead Guitarist & Vocals), Scott Von Ryper (Guitarist), Mark Crozer (Bassist), and Brian Young (Drummer) of The Jesus and Mary Chain mounted the stage the energy quickly revved up taking on an heavy air of excitement. It was immediately clear that the band staying true to their roots let their music speak for itself. Relying solely on the their talent as musicians and the lights that danced in a myriad of colors to create a visual and acoustic painting that allowed the crowd to experience the music like a living thing. The set list included several songs from their new album including “Amputation” as well as old favorites such as “April Skies” and “Head On”. The old songs and new pair together well giving an overall timeless feel that touches the nostalgia of the oldest fan and reaches the hearts of newcomers. The sound they have managed to achieve is not new or different from that which they originally strove for but instead is a more refined version of that sound they sought out to bring to the world all those years ago.
This band will transport you inside their music and back, to a time when music was just music. Before all the wow became more important than the sound. Seeing them in person is well worth it. Be sure to monitor their live schedule to see when they will be performing near you, and look to their next tour in Europe starting in May, 2018!
Bio: Few bands have had such a huge effect on musical culture, as The Jesus and Mary Chain. Their attitude alone, dressed in black, angry with the world, playing short sets drenched in feedback, set the benchmark in the post Sex Pistols music scene of London. Their seminal debut album Psychocandy would go on to change the course of popular music, channeling the sneering angst and noise distortion of the live shows into hypnotic sweet melodies layered with dark lyrics that would beguile and bewilder.
Released into the world, The Jesus and Mary Chain became the darlings of British press, as they searched to find the owner of the post-punk crown in the mid-80’s. With strong Velvet Underground influences and a despondent but melodic wall of noise, they went on to become the inspiration for such critically acclaimed bands such as My Bloody Valentine in the early 90’s.
The band formed in East Kilbride, a wasteland on the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland in 1983, around the writing partnership of the Reid brothers, William and Jim.
They soon moved to London and their “win or die trying” attitude and thrashing guitar sound, was brought to the attention of Alan Mcgee and Creation records, by Bobby Gillespie, vocalist with another Scottish band, Primal Scream. The first single “Upside Down” was released, and Gillespie joined the band as a drummer. Gillespie pursued the Velvet Underground, single snare and floor tom sound that became prevalent on the recording of the Psychocandy album.
In stark contrast to the adrenaline-fueled 15 minute live shows, that often ended in violence and riot, (as the Reid’s inflammatory interaction with the thrill-hungry crowd, saw them provoking utter chaos,) the slow throbbing noise pop Psychcocandy album, spawned such classics as “Just Like Honey” and “Some Candy Talking.”
The Jesus and Mary Chain got picked up by US college radio, and amongst the heavy rotation playlist a North American Tour followed.
The Album Darklands was released, as the tour ended in more chaos following Jim Reid’s arrest for allegedly assaulting a member of the audience in Canada who heckled him.
In 1994 the Album, Stoned & Dethroned, was released, and a single taken from the album “Sometimes Always,” featuring Hope Sandoval from Mazzy Star, gave the band a commercial hit. They showcased the song on The Late Show with David Letterman bordering on a mainstream American breakthrough, in true Mary Chain style, it took another four years to put out another US Album: Munki, released by Seattle’s Sub Pop (original home of Nirvana, who were huge fans of the band.)
A succession of well-documented breakups, fueled by brotherly love and internal tensions followed, as William took up residence in Los Angeles and Jim returned to the UK.
The brothers came together in 2007 to perform at Coachella Music Festival, to be joined on stage by Scarlett Johansson, for the “Just Like Honey” hit.
In 2012, the band embarked on a series of North American dates, during which, Jim revealed that he and his brother had written songs for a new album.
“ We have a bunch of new stuff, there’s been this album that everyone has talked about.”
Following the bands re-acquaintance with Creation Management in 2014, they are engaged in a series of festival dates across the globe. Things have come full circle for the brothers Reid.
Both William and Jim are totally invigorated by the prospect of performing live again and finishing off the elusive album as well as a slight wink towards 2015, 30 year anniversary of Psychocandy.
Photographer: Leelee Hawkins
Journalist: Kathleen Harpe
Editor: Mary Elliott