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The Smiths' Johnny Marr to Release First-Ever Solo Album

By November 7, 2012

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25 years after he left The Smiths, Johnny Marr has announced the release of his debut solo album. The 49-year-old —whose much-imitated jangly guitar-playing is one of the most influential tenets of indie music&m will release The Messenger through Warner worldwide.

If you're into press-release descriptives, The Messenger features Marr's "signature guitar and vocals front and center with a sound which mixes elements of angular art rock and rock n' roll." It comes out February 25, 2013 in the UK and a day later in North America.

Marr made the album of moving back to England after a stint living in Portland (where he served as a touring member of Modest Mouse), recording it in Manchester and London, with the songs mastered at Abbey Road to double up on that Englishness.

"The underlying idea of the record is my experience of living in Britain," Marr explains, of the album. "When you're away from your home city you're more compelled to write about it. Growing up in the city influences you, and as I've grown older I've continued to see beauty, energy and stories in it."


November 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm
(1) Derek Belbin says:

A solo effort from Johnny Marr is a long overdue and assuredly a project that will scooped up in no time by dedicated Smiths/Johnny Marr fans and especially by guitarists like myself who are huge fans of both.Johnny’s distinctive guitar playing was incredibly influential to many guitar players in the indie/alternative genres of music and also emulated by guitarists in many other genres.He always used guitars that had unique tones such as Fender Telecasters,Jaguars and Jazzmasters but his most recognizeable jangle producers were his assortment of Rickenbacker guitars.Messenger’s release couldn’t come fast enough for me as ever since the end of The Smiths and his days in Modest Mouse I have hoped that he would make a solo CD, as a project of his could be no less than sublime.

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