The Jesus and Mary Chain sign to Fuzz Club
It's such a huge honour to finally be able to tell you all that the mighty The Jesus And Mary Chain have signed to Fuzz Club! We're kicking things off with reissues of 'Damage and Joy' and 'Live At Barrowland' which are on sale now and available to pre-order ahead of their April 22nd release here.
The band have been busy working on new music and we'll be bringing you that alongside new live albums and reissues of their earlier works. As Jim Reid recently told Clash Magazine: “We started recording an album just before COVID hit and then obviously we couldn’t continue with it, but we were back in the studio [in October 2021] for the first time in two years.” On their signing to Fuzz Club, the Mary Chain add: “Our recent legal bills reminded us that our big mistake in 1985 was to give our recordings to a major label. Fuzz Club and Cooking Vinyl are an entirely different species. Casper at Fuzz Club and Rob at Cooking Vinyl put huge effort and patience into making this deal happen. They’re exactly the right kind of people for us.”
Fuzz Club head honcho Casper said of the news: “I'm not going to lie, it feels a bit like we’ve signed Messi! The importance of the Mary Chain can’t be overstated. They have been an inspiration to pretty much every band we’ve ever worked with and our musical landscape would be very different had it not been for the Reid brothers. So for us, it’s an honour to get the opportunity to work with a band of their stature. There aren’t many bands like this around!"
Originally released in 2017 on the band’s own label Artificial Plastic, ‘Damage And Joy’ was The Jesus and Mary Chain’s first studio album in nearly two decades. Co-produced by Youth (Killing Joke) and featuring the lead singles ‘Amputation’ and ‘All Things Pass’, ‘Damage And Joy’ also featured guest appearances from Scottish singer-songwriter Isobel Campbell (‘The Two of Us’, ‘Song For A Secret’) and American alt-pop star Sky Ferreira (‘Black And Blues’).
Our deluxe, expanded reissue comes as a black or coloured 180g double LP with remastered audio by Pete Maher (U2, The Rolling Stones, Jack White, Liam Gallagher), a heavy tip-on-printed gatefold sleeve, printed inner-sleeves and a 16-page booklet, plus bonus tracks and an alternative track-order. Included in this reissue and available on vinyl for the very first time is ‘Ono Yoko’ (originally only available on the Japanese CD version of the album), as well as alternative versions of ‘The Two Of Us’ featuring Sky Ferreira and ‘Black And Blues’ featuring Isobel Campbell. Pre-order our exclusive splatter version HERE.
In November 2014 The Jesus and Mary Chain celebrated three decades of their cult-classic debut album, ‘Psychocandy’, with a run of tour dates playing the album in full and the ‘Live At Barrowland’ LP captures them descending on Glasgow’s iconic Barrowland Ballroom. Cut to vinyl by engineer Noel Summerville and originally released in 2015, our reissue of ‘Live at Barrowland’ comes with new artwork and on 180g black or coloured vinyl in a gatefold jacket with a booklet glued inside that features pages of photos from the Psychocandy tour and an interview with the Reid brothers and Alan McGee.
‘Psychocandy’ and its pioneering sonic belligerence had a profound effect on popular music. Taking bittersweet pop melodies and tearing them up apart through the medium of buzzsaw guitars, ear-piercing feedback and an unapologetic hostility towards their listeners, the band’s breakthrough album experimented with noise in a way that had never been done before and would inspire for generations to come. The ‘Live At Barrowland’ LP captures ‘Psychocandy’s complete 14 tracks in a live setting and in all their boundary-pushing and feedback-ridden glory. The CD, cassette digital versions of the reissue – as well as the download card that comes with the vinyl – also feature seven bonus tracks taken from the prelude set on the night, including such fan-favourites as ‘April Skies’, ‘Head On’ and ‘Reverence’. Pre-order our exclusive splatter version HERE.