The Jesus and Mary Chain Confirm First Album in 18 Years, 'Damage and Joy'

The Jesus And Mary Chain perform in 2016
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The Jesus And Mary Chain perform at O2 Forum Kentish Town on March 11, 2016 in London.

More than a year after announcing that they were working on their first album in nearly two decades, beloved Scottish indie rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain have announced that Damage and Joy will be out on March 24 on ADA/Warner Music. The follow-up to 1998's Munki was recorded with producer Youth (The Verve, Killing Joke), who also played bass on the band's seventh studio release.

Touring drummer Brian Young and former Lush bassist Phil King are also credited with playing on the band's 14-track album, according to Pitchfork. The first single from the album, the churning shoegaze rocker "Amputation," debuted on the BBC on Thursday afternoon (Dec. 8). Last month, former Creation Records boss Alan McGee told Canada's CBC Music that his former signees had completed the album and that it was another classic.


"They've made another album! It's a big deal!" McGee said in the interview. "It's unbelievable. They've just made an album and I've signed them to Warners!...  It's kinda enormous." JAMC reunited in 2007 with a plan to make a new album, but, as is often the case, quarrelsome brothers Jim and William Reid reportedly couldn't see eye-to-eye and sessions fell apart.

Damage and Joy track list:

1. "Amputation"
2. "War On Peace"
3. "All Things Pass"
4. "Always Sad"
5. "Song For A Secret"
6. "The Two Of Us"
7. "Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)"
8. "Mood Rider"
9. "Presidici (Et Chapaquiditch)"
10. "Get On Home"
11. "Facing Up To The Facts"
12. "Simian Split"
13. "Black And Blues"
14. "Can't Stop The Rock"