Entries tagged with: Bobby Gillespie
by Bill Pearis
The Jesus & Mary Chain's debut album, Psychocandy, was a gamechanger in the indie world, marrying girl group pop to blistering feedback. (Not that they were totally the first to dabble in this, but they did it more blatantly than anybody else.) It's been imitated so much since it's easy to forget what a landmark album it was at the time. The record turns 30 next year and the Reid Brothers will be celebrating with a short UK tour in November where they'll play the album in full:
11-19 London, England - TroxyFor those in other parts of the world, fear not. The band say these shows are just the "opening salvo in what threatens to be a host of live onslaughts, festival dates and other special plans from the band in the run-up to Psychocandy's anniversary date next year." (JAMC last played the U.S. in 2012.) The big question here is can they rope original drummer (and now Primal Scream frontman) Bobby Gillespie into playing at these shows. In the meantime, buy your earplugs now.
11-20 Manchester, England - Academy
11-21 Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands
You can stream Psychocandy in full below, and watch an entirely crazy/hilarious Canadian TV interview with the band from 1985, the days when their egos knew no bounds.
Pitchfork reports that JAMC have signed with Creation Management which is run by onetime Creation Records magnate Alan McGee. Creation put out the Mary Chain's first single, "Upside Down," which not only launched the band's career but helped turn the label from small potatoes business into the one that signed My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, Ride, and Oasis. Upside Down is also the name of the very entertaining 2010 documentary about Creation Records that does a great job of charting its very sex, drugs and rock'n'roll rise and fall, with interviews with most of the label's major players and bands. If you've never seen it, it's being screened in NYC at Videology on May 22. Full disclosure: it's part of the monthly "Sound & Vision" series which I host. There are giveaways (including some vintage Creation Records imports and a pass to NYC Popfest) and I'll be spinning Britpop after the screening. It starts at 8 PM and is free and open to the public.
The trailer for Upside Down: The Creation Records Story and a stream of Psychocandy, below...
BEAUTIFUL NOISE is an in-depth exploration of a music movement in the late 20th century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself.Legendary shoegaze/dream pop bands My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and The Jesus and Mary Chain are subject of new documentary, Beautiful Noise, who have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money for the film to be distributed in film festivals and released on DVD/Blu-Ray (via Pitchfork). In addition to those three bands, the film will feature interviews with/appearances by members of other shoegaze pioneers like Ride, Slowdive, Lush, Curve, Swervedriver, Medicine, Pale Saints, and more, plus appearances by Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, and Robert Smith, and performance videos (and some interviews) with current bands like Sigur Ros, M83, A Place to Bury Strangers, Grouper, Serena Maneesh, and others. The Kickstarter campaign has reached just over $17,000 of its $75,000 goal as of this post, and is open until December 15. More info and rewards details at the documentary's Kickstarter project page.
Although many of the people interviewed are notoriously press shy they have opened up about their music and experiences from over 20 years ago; how they defied the rules and became sonic innovators that have inspired so many.
Currently the documentary is in the final stages for worldwide release, and we need your help to raise the $75,000 to pay for limited run licensing and finishing costs to distribute in Film Festivals and on DVD/Blu-Ray.
This documentary will finally be released only if the fans of this music believe in this project and contribute.
This comes shortly after the news that My Bloody Valentine plans to release an album by the end of the year.
Campaign video below...
DOWNLOAD: CSS - "Hits Me Like A Rock" (feat. Bobby Gillespie) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: CSS - "Hits Me Like A Rock" (Dillon Francis Remix) (MP3)
photos by Andrew St. Clair
CSS @ Bowery Ballroom
The last time we mentioned CSS, they had no North American dates announced. Since then, they've added a string of North American dates with fellow party starters MEN in October, including October 22 at Webster Hall. Tickets ($20 advanced) go on sale Friday (7/8) at noon. All dates are listed below.
CSS have a new single, "Hits Me Like A Rock," off their upcoming album La Liberacion. The track features Bobby Gillespie (of Primal Scream). Grab the MP3 and a Dillon Francis remix of the same track above.
All tour dates, and a yet another set of pictures from their Bowery Ballroom show in May with Sleigh Bells and Princeton, below...
photos by David Andrako
CSS @ Bowery Ballroom
CSS, no longer a Sub Pop band, are set to release their third full length La Liberación on August 22 via V2/Cooperative/Downtown. The album features contributions from Ratatat, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream and Mike Garson (who provided piano on David Bowie's "Aladdin Sane"). Check out the new artwork and tracklist below.
CSS recently finished up a tour with Sleigh Bells, who also have an upcoming album in the works. They told Rolling Stone:
"Emotionally, it's a really heavy record," guitarist and producer Derek E. Miller says of the new tunes. "Even the early demos that we have now, a lot of the stuff that Derek has recorded, sounds more immense to me," says singer Alexis Krauss. "It sounds really huge, so there's going to still be tons of volume."Sleigh Bells play Bonnaroo this weekend and Lollapalooza later in the summer. CSS are keeping much more busy, though no more US dates to report yet..
All international CSS dates, and a set of pictures from the 5/15 CSS/Sleigh Bells/Princeton Bowery Ballroom show (we posted the Webster Hall show in a more timely fashion), with La Liberación artwork and tracklist, below...
"A HALF-EMPTY venue and a middle-aged audience appeared to suggest that Primal Scream were not as relevant as they'd like to think they are.Primal Scream released their ninth studio album, Beautiful Future, on July 21, 2008. It was produced by "Björn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John) and Paul Epworth (who has produced Bloc Party)." The album features special guest appearances from Lovefoxxx (CSS), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Lykke Li (also a friend of Bjorn), Victoria Bergsman (The Concretes, "Young Folks"), Maria Andersson (Sahara Hotnights), Linda Thompson, and many others.
Opening the night with the dirge, electro distortion of Kill All Hippies, the band rapidly ploughed through the hits. The set-list featured songs from throughout their vast back catalogue, including Jailbird, Swastika Eyes, Rocks and a smattering of material from recent album Beautiful Future.
Frontman Bobby Gillespie looked as youthful as ever, but didn't really have any real conviction despite his attempts to come over all rock and roll by turning his back on the audience for one track.
Musically, the Scream sounded tight as a band with new member Barrie Cadogan standing out on lead guitar and gelling well with ex-Stone Roses bassist Mani." [a November 25th UK review]