Sunday, September 18th, 2011
"Taste Of Cindy"
The Shins cover The Jesus & Mary Chain
Frank YangBoth bands in this week’s selection have been away a while – though their absences are on different scales – and both are making returns to the public eye – though in different manners.
That The Shins went into hiding following the touring cycle for their third album Wincing The Night Away wasn’t especially odd – bands do that all the time – but a break turned into a hiatus as most of the band members who were not frontman and songwriter James Mercer were dismissed or otherwise left the band and the project was essentially rebooted. Shins 2.0 appear to be ready to go, however, as they’re embarking on a handful of live dates – including this Thursday night at The Phoenix in Toronto – in advance of releasing a new record in the new year.
The Jesus & Mary Chain split way back in 1999 and considering the acrimony that marked the band’s career, hardly seemed like candidates for a reunion but the Reid brothers made up in time to play Coachella 2007 and a number of additional European dates. And while technically the band remains an active concern with promises of a new album, they’ve been awful quiet for a band who made their name by being really loud. Fans do have something to look forward to, though, as super-deluxe double-CD-plus-DVD reissues of their entire six-album catalog are coming starting this week, with Psychocandy and Darklands out Tuesday, Automatic and Honey’s Dead next week and Stoned & Dethroned and Munki on October 4 – there’s video previews of each set over at YouTube. So those collections are some good news for fans… unless you re-bought their entire discography when they were reissued back in 2006. Then you’re probably more enraged than excited.
Oh and as for the song itself? That was Shins Mk1 taking the Psychocandy tune for a spin at The Troubadour in Los Angeles at some undetermined date. Fun times.