The Jesus And Mary Chain set to release new album

The album will be the band's first since 1998

The Jesus And Mary Chain have revealed they are to release a new album, their first since 1998’s ‘Munki’.

The group split that same year but reconvened earlier in 2007 at the US festival Coachella, after which they decided to make another album.

Their manager Kevin Oberlin said: “We thought having the band reunite for Coachella would help set up both of their [the Reid brothers’] solo albums, but the very next day after the show, Jim and William did an interview and said that they were going to do a new Mary Chain album.”

Speaking to Billboard about the new album, William Reid said: “I would say it’s an evolution. It definitely sounds like the Mary Chain, but I guess you evolve as a person and a writer. You can’t really stand still. If you do that, you’re lost.”

Jim and William Reid are currently choosing 12 tracks from their batch of new songs, which they wrote separately, for the album, scheduled for a late spring or early summer release.

William Reid also explained how the tensions in the band are still present, but are under control.

He said: “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.”

As previously reported, the band play two London shows in early 2008, at the Roundhouse on March 11 and 12.

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