Today marks the 30th anniversary of one of the greatest and most influential pop records of all-time: The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Psychocandy.
Arriving on the scene in the mid-80s, quibbling Scottish brothers Jim and William Reid took the beautiful harmonies of 60’s pop bands like The Beach Boys and The Velvet Underground and bathed them in an unholy mess of noise and feedback to craft a unique sound unheard before. Over the course of 14 tracks, the brothers would set a precedent not just for future artists, but for future genres as well. Whether it’s noise rock, dreampop, or shoegaze, all owe a great debt to Psychocandy.
And while the band have not been back since their infamous 2012 Canalside show that sent clueless plebs away in droves complaining about the noise and sounds, tonight offers a great experience for the diehards. Buffalo’s one and one elite JAMC cover band, Sidewalking, will take up the mantle tonight to pay tribute to this magnum opus at Mohawk Place. Running through their catalog of soaring dreamy tunes like “Just Like Honey” and “Taste of Cindy” to the band’s more vicious abrasive rockers like “Never Understand” and “The Living End.” If you’re even remotely a fan of The Jesus and Mary Chain or any of the genre’s they inspired, then this is one not to be missed.
Doors open at 7pm with a $5 cover.