The Jesus and Mary Chain are releasing a new album in March 2017. Creation Records, which signed the band in 1984 and released their debut single “Upside Down”, confirmed the news today in a Facebook post that reads, “The Jesus And Mary Chain will be dropping their new record March 2017.. on Warners… of course!!!”
Creation founder and longtime Jesus and Mary Chain manager Alan McGee initially broke the news in an interview with the CBC earlier this week. “They’ve made another album!” he exclaimed. “It’s a big deal! It’s unbelievable. They’ve just made an album and I’ve signed them to Warners!”
A new Jesus and Mary Chain album is, in fact, a big deal: The influential Scottish alt-rockers reunited for a Coachella performance in 2007 and have played live ever since, but this would mark their first new material since 1998’s Munki. Reports that they had gone into the studio surfaced in September of last year, with singer Jim Reid describing the early results as “more of a mature sound for the Mary Chain.” We’ll just have to wait until March and see.
In the meantime, read our 2015 interview with Reid in which he discusses the 30th anniversary of the band’s seminal album Psychocandy, among many other topics.