When The Jesus and Mary Chain released their seminal album, Psychocandy, 30 years ago, the members of the band had intended it to be a proverbial kick in the teeth to everyone who they felt stood in their way, which at the time was practically the entire music industry. As the band’s frontman Jim Reid has remarked “In 1985 there were a great many people who predicted no more than a six month life span for the Mary Chain.” And although there were a fair number of naysayers who didn’t understand or appreciate the band’s abrasive version of psych pop, little did they realize that The Jesus and Mary Chain would wind up being cited by music critics as one of the world’s great rock bands – and perhaps more important, as an influence to a number of contemporary bands including A Place to Bury Strangers, Japandroids, Liz Phair and countless others.
The influential band recently announced some additional dates to their Fall 2015, North American tour in which they’re playing the Psychocandy album live on tour. As well as their previously announced shows in NYC (9/24 at Terminal 5), LA (FYF Fest 8/22), Philly (Union Transfer 9/22), they’ll be stopping in Tempe, AZ; Las Vegas, NV; Washington, DC; and Boston, MA. With that in mind, check out the official video for “Never Understand,” which may be the best example of their abrasive yet strangely catchy sound.