Stoned and Dethron
The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish indie quartet who formed in 1983, taking the country’s alternative rock-scene by storm and earning themselves a reputation for their violence and often abrupt live shows. Even though the chart success of the band was virtually nonexistent, their impact upon the alternative-rock scene was incalculable. They shocked the audience with their unique orchestration sound, making a new style of rock, proving an inspiration to bands including Dinosaur Jr and My Bloody Valentine.
The brains of the band were two song-writing brothers named Jim and William Reid. Soon after forming, the brothers recorded and sent the demos to various record companies. In the beginning of 1984, they recruited bassist Douglas Hart and the young drummer Murray Dalglish to complete the band’s line-up
Their first single, ‘Upside Down’ was released in 1984, and proved to be a great success despite it’s remarkable blast of live wire feedback and caveman like drumbeat. The first album the band released in 1985, ‘Psychocandy’, was the blending of the two initial works of William Reid and showed a mix of pop songs and droning guitar riffs. This album was the breakthrough the band had been looking for.
Their second album named ‘Darklands’ was released during the band’s tour in September '87, and has been described as "the definitive blend of light and shade". This followed with a collection of singles and B-sides named ‘Barbed Wire Kisses’, and a number of albums; ‘Automatic’ (1989), ‘Honey’s Dead’ (1992), ‘Stoned and Dethroned’ (1994) and ‘Munki’ in 1998.
Due to differences between the brothers, William Reid left the band after their final album, and the group disbanded in 1999. However, on 22nd January 2007, The Jesus and Mary Chain reformed to perform as one of the acts of Coachella festival of 2007.
Source: Carly Page
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