The Jesus and Mary Chain have announced spring North American tour dates. The upcoming shows are set to follow the band’s new studio album Damage and Joy – set for release on March 24 through ADA / Warner Music – and will see the duo performing new tracks from the LP live for the first time in the US & Canada. The trek begins on May 9th in St. Paul, MN and is expected to hit Brooklyn, NY and Los Angeles, CA, among others. Tickets are on-sale this week via the band’s website.
Fronted by the Reid brothers Jim and William, The Jesus And Mary Chain first reformed to play the Coachella festival back in 2007. Despite regular touring – most notably a 2015 world tour which revisited their album Psychocandy – it took some time before they could agree on a plan to record a seventh album. Work on Damage and Joy, the band’s first album since Munki in 1998, began in September 2015.
The album also features performances from the band’s touring drummer Brian Young as well as former Lush bassist Phil King.
“The interesting thing about this record is what comes out of the speakers,” declares Jim. “To make a good record is an achievement if you’re twenty-two, but to do it in your fifties, the way we are, I think is a minor miracle.”
Damage and Joy will be released on digital, CD, vinyl and Cassette formats, and pre-orders are currently open. All pre-orders receive an immediate download of “Amputation”, the albums opening track.
The Jesus and Mary Chain North American Tour Dates:
5/9 – St. Paul, MN @ The Palace
5/10 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera
5/12 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
5/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
5/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
5/20 – Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theater
5/22 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
5/23 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
5/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
Damage and Joy tracklisting:
2. War On Peace
3. All Things Pass
4. Always Sad
5. Songs For A Secret
6. The Two Of Us
7. Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)
8. Mood Rider
9. Presedici (Et Chapaquiditch)
10. Get On Home
11. Facing Up To The Facts
12. Simian Split
13. Black And Blues
14. Can’t Stop The Rock