Published Nov 26, 2007The Jesus & Mary Chain have given details about their forthcoming album. Speaking to Billboard, the band's manager Kevin Oberlin said it just came out of planning two solo albums by the Reid brothers. Oberlin said: "I originally started working on both Jim's and William's solo albums, and when I approached (promoter) Goldenvoice about getting Jim a solo gig at Coachella, they came back with an offer for the Jesus and Mary Chain. We thought having the band reunite for Coachella would help set up both of their solo albums but the very next day after the show, Jim and William did an interview and said that they were going to do a new Mary Chain album."
In addition, Oberlin mentioned he's fielding calls from a number of different labels interested in their follow-up to 1998's Munki. "I'm getting calls from labels of every stripe and size - from majors to indies," he said. "The band has been making decisions on their own terms without a lot of outside pressures and taking things slow." The album is expected to be released some time in either the spring or summer '08. William Reid has given some idea of what the album will sound like based on the early stages of writing and recording.
"I would say it's an evolution. It definitely sounds like the Mary Chain, but I guess you evolve as a person and a writer. You can't really stand still. If you do that, you're lost," William said. "When we ended in '98, we hated each other. A lot of that was down to drink and drugs. Jim's completely sober now, and I don't drink during the shows... We love this band, and we love each other."
The Jesus & Mary Chain "Reverence"