Blog The Jesus and Mary Chain @ Spectrum Now

The Jesus and Mary Chain @ Spectrum Now

Posted March 8, 2016, 7:22 p.m. by T

The Jesus and the Mary Chain

Spectrum Now festival

Sydney, AUS

March 5, 2016

 

 

Blasphemous name - check! 

Leather-clad insolence - check!

Tumultuous, short live performances - check!

The power of myth - check! 

Distortion and swagger - check! 

Paying homage yet simultaneously opposing traditional Californian ‘60s pop melodies à la Shangri-La's with gritty, orchestrated, beautiful feedback drenched noise NYC / Velvet Underground-style - check! 

Stir the ingredients and voilà - dinner is served: An instant cult band.

Despite being heralded as "the new Sex Pistols" 31 years ago when their seminal album Psychocandy was released, the Jesus and the Mary Chain was not exactly considered a noted live act. 

Their distorted amorphous guitars, subdued vocals and detached, reticent stage demeanor would have been an example par excellence for what was initially devised by the British music as a gibe meant to ridicule the stage presence of "shoegazing" acts. That has changed.

In 2016 and with Psychocandy having become an ever-influential part of the canon of independent music and comprising the cornerstones of what was to become the essence of the alternative movement of the 1990s, Jim and William Reid flanked by a well-oiled new lineup and having grown into a professional, full-on rock band, take a well deserved, deafening and blinding victory lap. 

Drowned in tides of feedback and a light show that proved to be an additional band member and almost as integral to the show as the music, the band pulled a Benjamin Button and started with the encore: 

The prelude of the show, which was longer than their performances in the mid-‘80s, was comprised of a best-of segment with songs from their other albums, before celebrating Psychocandy in its entirety and original sequence. 

While the element of surprise as far as the set list was concerned was lacking, it was interesting to be able to compare samples of the band's earlier and later oeuvre with their much-lauded oeuvre.

The audience lapped it up and, despite the fact that a good share of the attendees were old enough to remember JAMC from their heydays, it was not merely an exercise in nostalgia: JAMC's DNA has retained its potency. 

The Jesus and the Mary Chain in 2016 neither tries to perform a note-for-note rendition of their classics nor tries to rehash what they were like 30 years ago. 

The performance whets one's appetite for JAMC's new album, which apparently has already been recorded. 

--

Photos by KAVV

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Artisans in the Gardens Exhibition

Posted by T
Oct. 14, 2017, 9:18 a.m.

Artisans in the Gardens Exhibition Lion’s Gate at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney October 13, 2017 Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens is a not-for-profit membership based organisation supporting ... read more

Napalm Death @ Factory Theatre

Posted by T
Oct. 13, 2017, 8:18 a.m.

Napalm Death Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia October 11, 2017 Extreme times demand extreme responses. After successful runs in the USA and Europe, the intemperate Napalm Death and BRUJERIA conglomerate were heading south to ... read more

Greek Film Festival - Leichhardt

Posted by T
Oct. 12, 2017, 9:04 p.m.

Greek Film Festival Palace Cinemas Leichhardt October 10-22, 2017 The Delphi Bank 24th Greek Film Festival set out to celebrate Greek-Australian filmmakers with festival guests Sotiris Dounoukos and Mary Zournazi and ... read more

Queens of the Stone Age Bring the Heat to Colorado

Posted by Kevin Fitzpatrick
Oct. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m.

Queens of the Stone Age and Royal Blood Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, Colorado 10.10.2017   It wasn't looking good. In typical Colorado fashion, following a summer-like 76° Sunday, mother nature ... read more

Pinot Palooza - A Touring Pinot Noir Festival

Posted by T
Oct. 9, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Pinot Palooza - A Touring Pinot Noir Festival Sydney Carriageworks October 8, 2017   Looking for a near perfectly orchestrated and curated, traveling and rocking Pinot Noir experience without pretentious ... read more

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.