Gig of the week: The Jesus and Mary Chain at The Limelight
THE Reid brothers return to Belfast tomorrow night for the first Jesus and Mary Chain show in the city that anyone can remember since the fractious noisemakers argued their way through a 30-minute headline set at The Ulster Hall in 1984.
That was before the Mary Chain's now much celebrated debut LP Psychocandy had even been released: however, don't be expecting Jim, William and co to be making up for lost time with a career-spanning greatest hits set.
The bros will no doubt be intent on treating a sold-out Limelight audience to a fair chunk of their new LP, which came out at the end of last month and was partly recorded in Dublin.
Luckily, especially given the fact it's their first album for almost 20 years, Damage and Joy is rather good, packed with plenty of fresh favourites ripe for an airing alongside golden oldies like Reverence, Just Like Honey, Sidewalking, April Skies, Cracking Up and the still sublime noise of their debut 45, Upside Down.
Value adding sympatico support comes from Belfast's own dronepop unit Documenta, whose sweetly psychedelic guitar swing is well worth being at the venue early doors for.
:: Tickets sold out, doors at 7pm.