The Jesus and Mary Chain exploded onto the early-‘80s scene with a riotous vengeance, dosing concert-goers with walls of feedback and noise like a smoggier, venomous Echo & the Bunnymen, or a punkier Bauhaus. Renowned for violent live shows (which often resulted in fan riots), sudden bursts of wanton equipment destruction and a fondness for LSD and amphetamines, the quasi-gothy, sunglass-clad band were, for awhile, the archetypical rock band for kids who were born too late to experience the Rolling Stones at their peak—snotty, angry, drug-addled and dissonant.
Forming in 1984, the band was the discordant apparatus for Scottish songwriting duo Jim and William Reid. Although the band has gone through relentless line-up changes throughout their 15-year run, the Reid brothers remained constant, becoming the driving creative force behind the band’s music, and ultimately its demise. They split in 1999 when the Reids had a public falling out at the House of Blues in Hollywood.
In January, the band announced they would reunite to play this year’s Coachella, although asking them to repeat their past legendary performances and sheer creative appetite would be akin to asking a volcano to erupt again. Even though the explosion happened long ago, the effects still resound. Their reunion (and this Glass House warm-up gig) isn’t likely to be as powerful as their first sonic discharge, but it’s sure to capture a semblance of what they once were. (Phil Fuller)
The Jesus and Mary Chain with the Icarus Line and Giant Drag at the Glass House, 200 W. 2nd St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802; www.theglasshouse.us. Thurs., April 26, 7 p.m. $30. All ages.