The Jesus and Mary Chain to release first new album in over 18 years

Creation Records’ Alan McGee confirms return of Scottish band

The Jesus and Mary Chain will release their first new album in nearly two decades next year.

Alan McGee, co-founder of the Scottish band’s former label Creation Records, revealed the news in an interview with CBC Music, saying: “It’s kinda enormous”.

The group released their last album, ‘Munki’, in 1998 and split the following the year.

After reuniting in 2007, the band said they planned to record a new album.

Last year, lead singer Jim Reid told NME that the recording of new material had been delayed by arguments between himself and his brother and fellow songwriter William.

He said: “We got back together in 2007 and it was the plan then. We thought, ‘We’ve got a bunch of songs, this would make a pretty good Mary Chain album’ – and then there was the usual slaps and scratches between my brother and myself. ‘I wanna do it here’ and ‘I don’t’ and then it was all ‘fuck you’ and swinging at each other. The usual shit, basically.”

In 2014 and 2015, the Jesus and Mary Chain performed a number of shows to mark the 30th anniversary of their debut, ‘Psychocandy’.

A recording of their gig at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom in November 2014 was released as a live album last year.

According to McGee, the band are planning to release their as-yet-untitled new album in March 2017.