Jesus And Mary Chain Return With New Label, New Record

Brooding British rockers Jesus and Mary Chain are back with its first album of new material in almost four years, entitled "Munki," due out June 9.

The band premiered some of the songs on a stripped-down club tour earlier this month in the U.S., although the band will be plugging in and unleashing their trademark guitar maelstrom on a handful of British dates in April. The low-key shows will allow the Mary Chain to incorporate new bassist Phil King, formerly of Lush, into the band's live performance.

The new album features yet another collaboration with Mazzy Star vocalist Hope Sandoval on the song "Perfume." Sandoval, who has been romantically linked in the past with Mary Chain singer/guitarist William Reid in the past, appeared on the group's 1994 track, "Sometimes Always." Reid later returned the favor by playing on Mazzy Star's 1996 album, "Among My Swan."

One of the tracks from "Munki" is literally a family affair, as Linda Reid, sister of Mary Chainers William

and Jim, contributes vocals to "Moe Tucker," which a spokesperson for the band says was both a reference to the band's constant comparisons to the seminal '60s group the Velvet Underground, as well as an honest observation on how much Linda's shimmering voice resembles the VU drummer's.

The closing track from the record, "I Hate Rock 'n' Roll" was written by William and originally appeared on the album of the same name, the last the band recorded for Warner Brothers before returning to the U.K. based imprint Creation -- which is releasing "Munki" via Sub Pop in the U.S. The song inspired Jim to write the opening cut of the new record, "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," which the spokesperson says was a declaration by the band that they weren't bitter about music or the industry.

The track listing for the new record:

  • I Love Rock 'n' Roll
  • Birthday
  • Stardust Remedy
  • Fizzy
  • Moe Tucker
  • Perfume
  • Virtually Unreal
  • Degenerate
  • Crackin'

    Up

  • Commercial
  • Supertramp
  • Never Understood
  • I Can't Find the Time for Time
  • Man on the Moon
  • Black
  • Dream Lover
  • I Hate Rock 'n' Roll

Jesus and Mary Chain will play the festival circuit in Europe before it launches a U.S. tour in August.