Johnny Marr says new solo album has a 'real London feel'

Guitarist turned frontman discusses follow-up to 2013 solo debut

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Johnny Marr has described his new solo album as having a "real London feel" to it.

The former Smiths guitarist is gearing up to release the follow up to 'The Messenger', his 2013 debut, later this year.

In an exclusive interview with Palma Violets' Chili Jesson as part of NME's Heroes special, on newsstands and available digitally now, he opens up about the nature of his new record – and how he considers himself lucky he finished it before breaking his hand running.

"I think I've got all the songs written now," says Marr. "Luckily it's just the vocals I've got to do now – managed to get the guitars down before this (raises his cast). It's cool. It's got a real London feel, this album. I'm recording it down there at a studio near the river – I want to capture this busy, loud, very modern place."

Jesson also talks about his band's second album, saying: "It's getting there. We've got the songs and we know the sound we want. The songs are so much bigger than before. We're really experimenting with doing a lot more stuff on our own."

Earlier this year Marr said he hasn't read the autobiography of his former Smiths bandmate Morrissey, which was published in October 2013. Talking to NME at the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas last night (February 26) Marr said he's too busy to read it. He is planning his own memoir and promises to focus on The Smiths more in his own book.

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