Union Transfer


The Jesus And Mary Chain

The Jesus And Mary Chain

The Psychic Paramount, The Vandelles

Sat, September 8, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA


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The Jesus And Mary Chain
The Jesus And Mary Chain
Few bands have had such a huge effect on musical culture as The Jesus and Mary Chain. Their attitude alone, dressed in black, angry with the world, playing short sets drenched in feedback, set the bench mark in the post Sex Pistols music scene of London. Their seminal debut album Psychocandy would go on to change the course of popular music, channeling the sneering angst and noise distortion of the live shows into hypnotic sweet melodies layered with dark lyrics that would beguile and bewilder.

Released into the world, The Jesus and Mary Chain became the darlings of British press as they searched to find the owner of the post punk crown in the mid 80’s. With strong Velvet Underground influences and a despondent but melodic wall of noise, they went on to become the inspiration for such critically acclaimed bands such as My Bloody Valentine in the early 90’s.

The band formed in East Kilbride, a wasteland on the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland in 1983, around the writing partnership of the Reid brothers, William and Jim. They soon moved to London and their “win or die trying” attitude and thrashing guitar sound was bought to the attention of Alan Mcgee and Creation records by Bobby Gillespie, vocalist with another Scottish band Primal Scream. The first single “Upside Down” was released and Gillespie joined the band as drummer. Gillespie pursued the Velvet Underground single snare and floor tom sound that became prevalent on the recording of the Psychocandy album.

In stark contrast to the adrenaline-fueled 15-minute live shows that often ended in violence and riot (as the Reids’ inflammatory interaction with the thrill-hungry crowd saw them provoking utter chaos), the slow throbbing noise pop Psychcocandy album spawned such classics as “Just Like Honey” and “Some Candy Talking.”

The Jesus and Mary Chain got picked up by US college radio and, amongst the heavy rotation playlist, a North American Tour followed.

The Album Darklands was released, as the tour ended in more chaos following Jim Reid’s arrest for allegedly assaulting a member of the audience in Canada who heckled him.

In 1994, the album Stoned & Dethroned was released and a single taken from the album “Sometimes Always” featuring Hope Sandoval from Mazzy Star gave the band a commercial hit. They showcased the song on The Late Show with David Letterman bordering on a mainstream American breakthrough, in true Mary Chain style, it took another four years to put out another US album: Munki, released by Seattle’s Sub Pop (original home of Nirvana, who were huge fans of the band).

A succession of well documented break-ups fueled by brotherly love and internal tensions followed, William took up resindence in Los Angeles and Jim returned to the UK. The brothers came together in 2007 to perform at Coachella Music Festival, to be joined onstage by Scarlett Johansson for the “Just Like Honey” hit.

In 2012, the band embarked on a series of North American dates during which Jim revealed that he and his brother had written songs for a new album. “ We have a bunch of new stuff, there’s been this album that everyone has talked about.”

Following the bands re acquaintance with Creation Management in 2014 they are engaged in a series of festival dates across the globe. Things have come full circle for the brothers Reid. Both William and Jim are totally invigorated by the prospect of performing live again and finishing off the elusive album as well as a slight wink towards the 2015, the 30 year anniversary of Psychocandy.
The Psychic Paramount
The Psychic Paramount
Have you experienced The Psychic Paramount yet? If you get the chance, see 'em live, they're pretty much the ultimate in ultra-heavy, This Heat/krautrock inspired, interestingly rhythmic instrumental post-rock... An intense, very controlled freakout is how we'd paradoxically put it.

But this is not Neu! or Faust, not unless you took those guys, lit them on fire and launched them into space! Guitars careen and wail and keen and shriek, slipping fluidly from gorgeous melodic runs to full on fiery freakouts, all over a thick snarled bed of throbbing serpentine bass and ultra distorted drums (recorded so hot that every hit sends the needle even MORE into the red). This is like an indie rock Last Exit. It's not just noise and pummel though, these are killer songs, the guitar parts especially, not only are they so complex and confusional they make you think this band must have at least three guitarists to whip up this sort of squall, but they are totally hook laden, which they sort of have to be as The Psychic Paramount are all instrumental. You'll totally find yourself anticipating certain riffs and licks, like you would your favorite line in a normal song. This record effortlessly steps all over pretty much every record in its path, it's not metal but manages to be way heavier than half the metal we hear, it's not really prog, but it's so much more complex and, well, progressive than nearly ANYTHING we've heard, and on top of everything, it's totally catchy, and noisy, and weird.
The Vandelles
Thanks to their ripping guitar lines- and even finer harmonies- The Vandelles define the distaff side of the Noir Rock sound. Their biggest hits, including Lovely Weather (DBA) and Swell to Heaven (TTB), remain among the most potent and enduring recordings of their era. Formed as a merger of two local vocal groups, The Mercenary Gang and Del Black Aloha, The Vandelles take aspects of Link Wray and The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Ronettes and My Bloody Valentine, Buddy Holly and The Ramones, to create a sound thats uniquely theirs.

While crooning softly in the background, they take old school rock and roll your parents used to listen to and run it through screaming, blown out amplifiers. Having played from LA to NYC The Vandelles have developed an infamous live show that is an audio and visual assault. Garage cats, cowboy beat poetry, and the Wall of Sound. Turn your eyes inside out and dig the vacuum, This is Noir Rock and Roll.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123