Starting off with the encore was fairly unusual, but if every encore was as good as this maybe it is something other bands should look to do. We were treated to April Skies, Head On, Some Candy Talking, Psychocandy, Up Too High, Reverance and finishing with the glorious noisefest that is Upside Down.
Then down to the real business of the night, Psychocandy from start to finish. Anyone expecting a cosy nostalgia trip would have left the shows disappointed. Audience interaction was almost non existent with Jim and William just getting on with the job in hand and letting the songs speak for themselves. The main event was wryly introduced by a grainy clip from Town Of Tomorrow, an archive promotional film extolling the virtues of the Mary Chain’s native East Kilbride. The feedback levels were turned up to almost painful levels which did, on occasion, completely drown out the lovely melodies that were so much in evidence on the album, which was a real pity on songs like You Trip Me Up. It worked to great effect on tracks like The Living End and In My Hole, but not so much on the album's more delicate numbers. Despite that, these gigs were a reminder of how important The Mary Chaim were. They could easily have played the album as if they were going through the motions, but this was a band on fire, playing with more fury and urgency than they have for many years. The Mary Chain never had anything to prove about what a great album Psychocandy is, but for any doubters these shows were evidence that they are one of the most important British bands of the last 30 years and that Psychocandy is one of the most important albums of the last 30 years.
You Trip Me Up