Scottish alternative rock band, The Jesus & Mary Chain bring their hypnotic sweet melodies layered with dark lyrics to Bexhill.
Willow Robinson: 7.45pm
J&MC: 9pm -10.30pm
Few bands have had such a huge effect on musical culture as The Jesus and Mary Chain. Their attitude alone, dressed in black, angry with the world, playing short sets drenched in feedback, set the bench mark in the post Sex Pistols music scene of London. Their seminal debut album Psychocandy would go on to change the course of popular music.
Released into the world, The Jesus and Mary Chain became the darlings of the British press, as they searched to find the owner of the post punk crown in the mid 80s. With strong Velvet Underground influences and a despondent but melodic wall of noise, they went on to become the inspiration for such critically acclaimed bands such as My Bloody Valentine in the early 90s.
The band formed in East Kilbride, a wasteland on the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland in 1983 around the writing partnership of the Reid brothers, William and Jim. They soon moved to London and their ‘win or die trying’ attitude and thrashing guitar sound was brought to the attention of Alan Mcgee and Creation Records by Bobby Gillespie, vocalist with another Scottish band, Primal Scream. The first single ‘Upside Down’ was released and Gillespie joined the band as drummer. Gillespie pursued the Velvet Underground, single snare and floor tom sound that became prevalent on the recording of the Psychocandy album.
In stark contrast to the adrenalin fuelled 15 minute live shows, that often ended in violence and riot (as the Reid’s inflammatory interaction with the thrill hungry crowd saw them provoking utter chaos) the slow throbbing noise pop Psychocandy album spawned such classics as ‘Just Like Honey’ and ‘Some Candy Talking’.
The Jesus and Mary Chain got picked up by US college radio and amongst the heavy rotation playlist a North American tour followed. The album Darklands was released as the tour ended in more chaos following Jim Reid’s arrest for allegedly assaulting a member of the audience in Canada who heckled him. In 1994 the album ‘Stoned and Dethroned’ was released, and a single taken from the album ‘Sometimes Always’ featuring Hope Sandoval from Mazzy Star, was a hit. They showcased the song on The Late Show with David Letterman bordering on a mainstream American breakthrough, in true Mary Chain style, it took another four years to put out another US album: ‘Munki’, released by Seattle’s Sub Pop (original home of Nirvana, who were huge fans of the band)
A succession of well documented break ups, fuelled by brotherly love and internal tensions followed as William took up residence in Los Angeles and Jim returned to the UK. The brothers came together in 2007 to perform at Coachella Music Festival, to be joined on stage by Scarlett Johansson, for the ‘Just Like Honey’ hit.
In 2012 the band embarked on a series of North American dates, during which, Jim revealed that he and his brother had written songs for a new album. ‘We have a bunch of new stuff, there’s been this album that everyone has talked about’.
Following the band’s reacquaintance with Creation Management in 2014 , they played a series of shows and festival dates across the globe in 2015, the 30th anniversary of Psychocandy.
NEW SINGLE ‘STONES’ – RELEASED 8 APRIL 2016.
EP RELEASED 29 APRIL.
Introducing 22-year-old singer-songwriter Willow Robinson. Born in Los Angeles to British parents, now residing in Hay-on-Wye and recently signed to Alan McGee’s Creation Management (after playing his first ever gig).
Willow releases his debut single ‘Stones’ next month via ADA / Warner Chapel. Produced by Youth and mixed by Cenzo Townsend, the song is a perfect slice of smokey, soul-drenched folk, showcasing Willow’s incredible vocal talents.
Stream ‘Stones’ on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/willowrobinson/stones
An EP will follow on April 29, featuring the single, along with a selection of self-produced tracks recorded in Willow’s home studio in rural Wales.
Eat before the show
Why not begin your evening with a bite to eat? There’s no need to book.
- Chargrilled handmade burger with crispy bacon melted mozzarella, iceberg relish and side of chips & onion rings
- Grilled chicken and vegetables kebabs served with sundried tomato and basil couscous
- Local fish fritto misto served with chips, lemon and parsley mayo finish with oriental style salad
- Young spinach, artichokes, green asparagus and cherry tomato pasta with a lime, olive oil & parmesan dressing (V) (GF)
- Vegan salad organic bean shoots, cherry tomatoes, avocado & vegan smoked cheese with a lime, ginger & vanilla dressing (V) (GF)
- Sweet potato wedges with Jalapeno pesto dip and a cucumber & mint raita (V)
- Chunky chips and homemade mayo (V)
- Green salad (V)
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Please be aware that we operate no re-entry for gigs. This means that once you have entered the building, you cannot go out and re-enter. This policy is in line with other major music venues across the UK and put in place on police advice. No re-entry is clearly signposted as you come through security on the front door.
There is a fenced-off area on the terrace for people who go out to smoke or vape.
There are plenty of welcoming and good value B&Bs & boutique hotels in Bexhill. The De La Warr Pavilion regularly uses the following:
- By Rail
Direct trains go from London Victoria, Brighton and Ashford to Bexhill.
There are also trains from London Charing Cross, changing at St. Leonards Warrior Square and from London Bridge or Charing Cross going to Battle. Battle is only a short taxi journey away (15 mins approx).
Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for up-to-date train travel information.
Town Taxis: 01424 211 511
Parkhurst Taxis: 01424 733 456
- By Car
If driving from the London area:
Take the M25, then A21 to Hastings. Turn off at John‘s Cross and follow the signs to Bexhill.
Take the A22 to Eastbourne, go across the Bishop roundabout to the A271 and follow the signs to Bexhill and the seafront. The De La Warr Pavilion is on the Marina.
From the Brighton area:
Follow the A27 out of Brighton until you arrive in Bexhill On Sea.
Please be aware the Rother District car park outside the De La Warr Pavilion operates paid parking until 8pm. After this time parking is free.
Within the limits of this Grade One listed building, the De La Warr Pavilion strives to be fully accessible with a range of facilities to support your visit.
Assistance Dogs are permitted into the building.
Please contact the Box Office on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit.
Facilities for disabled visitors
- Ramped access at the front of the building
- A low counter at the Box Office and Information Desk
- Disabled toilets on two floors
- A lift to all floors
- Accessible galleries on both floors
- An accessible Café
- Spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium for seated events
- Ramped access in the auditorium for events during the day
- Ramped access into the Studio
- Two travel wheelchairs are available for use at the De La Warr Pavilion. To reserve, please call our box office and information desk on (01424) 229111 or ask a member of staff on arrival. The chairs are provided on a first come, first served basis and are intended for use inside the Pavilion. Please contact us for more information.
Facilities for blind or visually-impaired
- Large print season brochures
Facilities for the hard-of-hearing
- An T-Switch induction loop in some areas of the auditorium (please indicate when booking as this facility is not available on the balcony)
- British Sign Language interpretation tours of the building and exhibitions are available on request.