10/03/2017
A shimmering introduction.

Words by

Bianca O'Neill

I’d like to say that I discovered the noise-pop pioneers at the tender age of four when Psychocandy was released.

However, it was actually a re-release of 1987's Darklands on vinyl, in a dingy basement, that caught my attention. I haven’t been the same since.

Now, 18 years later, J&MC have released a new album, along with the quote: “Most people who know us, would say that we haven’t mellowed that much.” With Damage and Joy, they certainly haven’t.

The opener, ‘War and Peace’, may lull you into a false sense of security but by the second track, they’re in full force and better than ever.

If you’re a fan, it’s good news. If you’re not, it’s a shimmering introduction to their stellar back catalogue. 

This review was originally published in Fashion Journal 166. You can read it here.

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