It's the band's first since 1988's Munki

The Jesus And Mary Chain have announced that they are working on their first new album in 17 years.

The band released their last album, Munki, in 1998, now preparing to follow it up with a “more mature” record.

“We’re doing an album now. We actually just started recording,” lead singer Jim Reid told Time Out New York.

Reid continued, “It’s early days, but I would say it’s a more mature sound for the Mary Chain. But let’s just wait and see.”

Reid told the NME earlier this year that plans were afoot to work on some new music. “We’ve got the material, we’ve talked about doing an album for so long now,” Reid said. “We got back together in 2007 and it was the plan then. We thought ‘We’ve got a bunch of songs, this would make a pretty good Mary Chain album’ – and then there was the usual slaps and scratches between my brother and myself. ‘I wanna do it here’ and ‘I don’t’ and then it was all ‘Fuck you’ and swinging at each other. The usual shit basically.”

However, Reid admitted that since the band started touring their Psychocandy album, to celebrate its 30th anniversary, a new album seems more likely than ever. “We are kind of coming round to being in agreement, which is a bit weird for us, he commented. “There will be an album – we will get it together. I’m more convinced now than I ever have been that there will be a new Mary Chain album.”

Speaking about the problems that have plagued recording new material in the past, Reid explained: “We couldn’t agree how to approach the songs. At the time when the band got back together my kids were very young and William lives in LA and wanted to record out there, and I didn’t want to go and spend months away from my family. But my kids are a bit older now and I’m kind of in the middle of a divorce, so it seems like a good time to get the hell out of town.”

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