The Jesus and Mary Chain have shared a new song from their first album in nearly two decades.
The track, ‘Amputation’, features on their forthcoming seventh studio album ‘Damage and Joy’, announced earlier today.
The Scottish group released their last album, ‘Munki’, in 1998 and split the following the year. After reuniting in 2007, the band said they planned to begin work on new material. However, only one song has emerged since the band’s comeback – ‘All Things Must Pass’, recorded for the soundtrack to the TV show Heroes in 2008.
The band’s long-awaited new album was produced together with Killing Joke’s Martin Glover, who also plays bass on the record. Jesus and the Mary Chain’s touring drummer Brian Young and former Lush bassist Phil King also feature.
Last year, lead singer Jim Reid told the NME that the release 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.
‘Damage and Joy’ is out March 24 on Warner Music.