The Jesus And Mary Chain is made up of Jim and William Reid, two brothers from the town of East Killbride, Scotland. Their supporting band members such as drummers and bassists have been many, but the Reids have always been at the core of the songwriting.
William Reid was born October 28, 1958, and his younger brother Jim was born December 29, 1961, in Scotland. It wasn't until the early 80's that they decided to become a band. Their first single Upside Down was released in 1984, with their debut record, Psychocandy coming out the following year. Their sound was like nothing heard before, a rush of white noise and feedback layered over simple, 3-chord pop classics.
Their original lineup was Jim on vocals and William playing the lead guitar, but that arrangement has changed gradually, with William singing more and more songs these days, and Jim plays bass and percussion on several songs from Stoned And Dethroned.
Today, 14 years and nine records later, the Mary Chain are as engimatic as ever. They are always changing and evolving, and never becoming stale. Known for their deep, dark, mysterious lyrics mixed with sunny melodies, catchy riffs, and their classic chord progressions, their songs are so honest, it is impossible to not appreciate how much of themselves they put into their music. Although their sound has changed with each album, sometimes pensive and acoustic, sometimes loud and insane, they have remained true to the heart and soul of rock n roll.
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