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With the exception of those rare refuseniks that look set to keep their splits permanent – yes, I’m looking at you here, Husker Du – seeing even the most venomous of friends-turned-enemies patching up their differences just long enough to clean up on a comeback tour is no longer a surprise.
In the case of The Jesus & Mary Chain however, who when not busy crafting a catalogue of noise-pop classics were laying down a blueprint for sibling hatred that the Gallaghers would subsequently follow to the letter, that they’ve managed to keep it together on a touring basis since their 2007 return is a turn up for the books.
That they’ve now managed to hit the studio to produce their first album in nineteen years, Damage And Joy, must surely rank as some kind of divine intervention. Although initial feedback is divided on whether it’s a real return of form or something of a self-pastiche, its mere existence is a marvel. With the band coming to Northumbria University on Thursday 23rd March to promote the album, let’s just hope the warring Reid brothers hang in there long enough to let everyone make up their own minds.