Two things occurred to me as The Jesus and Mary Chain ripped through a 21-song set that included the whole of their debut album Psychocandy, played in sequence in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the influential postpunk album. The first was that the band hasn’t slowed down one bit in three decades; singer Jim Reid was in terrific voice, and his brother, guitarist William Reid, played like a hellion. Only William’s nimbus cloud of curly gray hair indicated that any time has passed since 1985.
Which brings us to realization No 2.: Even now, Psychocandy sounds fresh; it could have been recorded last week. The band ripped into its songs with real gusto: “My Little Underground” and “The Hardest Walk” rocked prodigiously hard, while “Just Like Honey” and “Sowing Seeds” were firmly re-established as the progenitors of modern shoegaze. Years ago, the brothers Reid once made a masterpiece, and they delivered it to Las Vegas perfectly framed. ★★★★✩
Photos by Erik Kabik