With acts ranging from The Raincoats to Built to Spill, this year’s 35D lineup is a force to be reckoned with. We now add to that list one of the most iconoclastic groups to emerge from the 80’s--reuniting for their first performance in five years, The Jesus and Mary Chain. Formed by brothers Jim and William Reid, The Jesus and Mary Chain have blazed through trends in pop music since the release of their seminal debut Psychocandy in 1985. Through their various incarnations, the brothers Reid built upon the primitive surf guitar sounds established by Chuck Berry and the Beach Boys, updating it to the degenerate 80’s generation: Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll wrapped up in a blistering, fuzzed out three-chord onslaught that is often imitated but never surpassed.
2008’s phenomenal 4 CD Box Set of B-sides and rarities The Power of Negative Thinking-- followed by the equally impressive 2011 deluxe reissues of all five of the band’s albums--reminded music fans of The JAMC’s prolific influence on the past 30 years of pop music. Their songs have been featured in Sophia Coppola’s films and in 2007 they appeared onstage at Coachella, joined by JAMC fan and aspiring chanteuse Scarlett Johansson. Rabid fandom for the band still shines just as bright as it did 30 years ago, leading a new generation of restless youth to discover their music. The brothers have teased the existence of a new album. Could their appearance at 35D bring that holy grail a little closer to reality? Here's to negative thinking!
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