Jim Reid, frontman with the reunited distortion fiends, talks about brotherly love, riots and, er... mellowing out.
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A chaotic, 1985-style Mary show “ain’t gonna happen in our fifties”.
The band are revisiting the Psychocandy album to mark its approaching thirtieth anniversary, but you don’t strike us as a nostalgia act?
We’re fairly comfortable with that. Were we not, then we wouldn’t be doing it. This tour isn’t about nostalgia. If you think you’re coming to see a chaotic, 1985-style Mary Chain show, that ain’t gonna happen. We’re in our fifties now.
Do you still stand by your heyday-era comment that “there’s never been a group good enough to play for longer than twenty-five minutes”?
I do totally, yeah. The Mary Chain’s regular set is now over an hour long, but I’m not joking when I say that any band I see bores me after fifteen or twenty minutes.