Band say it's 'early days' but promise a 'more mature sound'

The Jesus And Mary Chain have announced that they are working on their first new album in 17 years.

The Scottish band released their last LP, ‘Munki’, in 1998, and are now preparing to follow it up with a “more mature” record.

“We’re doing an album now. We actually just started recording,” lead singer Jim Reid has told Time Out New York. “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.”

The group – who parted ways in 1999 before reforming in 2007 – recently spoke about the possibility of a new album with NME. “We’ve got the material, we’ve talked about doing an album for so long now,” Reid said earlier this year.

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“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.”

Reid said that as a result of the band’s ‘Psychocandy’ album tours a new album was more likely than ever. “We are kind of coming round to being in agreement, which is a bit weird for us,” he commented. “There will be an album – we will get it together. I’m more convinced now than I ever have been that there will be a new Mary Chain album.”

Meanwhile, The Jesus And Mary Chain recently released ‘Live At Barrowlands’, a live album recorded at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom in November 2014.

The gig, which took place on November 23, 2014, kick-started a short run of UK shows to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their debut album, ‘Psychocandy’, with the album played in full during each show.