Music review: The Jesus and Mary Chain, ABC, Glasgow
The Jesus and Mary Chain ****
So it was with a renewed sense of purpose that they launched into its fine opening track Amputation at the top of the set and slotted other new numbers seamlessly into a show which darted around their catalogue to showcase both the dynamism and common threads, such as the Duane Eddy guitar twang and uplifting melody of Head On or the Phil Spector drums of Darklands, which have populated their music over the past 30 years.
Not being natural performers, momentum was the key. The Reid brothers were once notorious for their shows’ chaotic brevity. They still don’t hang about – a swift hour into proceedings they rounded off the main set with the acid rock wigout of Reverence, throwing in April Skies and Stooges references, and kept up the chase with the turbocharged Cracking Up and headlong distorted rockabilly of In a Hole.
But curfews must be observed (changed days for this once most punk of bands) and so they bowed out with the well-behaved I Hate Rock’n’Roll.