Johnny Marr on the follow-up to 'The Messenger': 'It's more rowdy'

The former Smiths guitarist is recording the follow-up to his solo debut in London

Johnny Marr on the follow-up to 'The Messenger': 'It's more rowdy'

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Johnny Marr has said that his new album is "more rowdy" than his debut.

The former Smiths guitarist is currently working on the follow-up to his 2013 solo album 'The Messenger', which has been recorded in London and New York.

"If anything, the new one is a bit more rowdy," he tells NME in this week's magazine, which is on newsstands from tomorrow (June 11) and will also be available digitally. "But I don't really want it to be too different. I like 'The Messanger' a lot and I don't think now is the time to go off on some radical reinvention just for the sake of it. That would almost feel too contrived. I haven’t gone off anywhere with my yoga mat to meditate and take a deep look at my inner self to share with the world. I just formed a rock 'n' roll band who play uptempo music and I want to continue that way for a long time. I'm not too into navel-gazing music!"

Speaking about the influence behind the record, he added: "Most of it was recorded in London and New York, which has a direct effect on the music. I try to get influenced by my environment as much as possible. That's why I'm recording in London. It's got this hyperactivity to it that I wanted to put into the music."

Johnny Marr will embark on a UK tour this October. He will tour his 2013 solo album 'The Messenger' on a lengthy jaunt around the country, including a homecoming show at Manchester's O2 Apollo on October 25. The tour starts in Lincoln on October 13 and concludes in Leeds 16 days later.

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Johnny Marr will play:

Lincoln The Engine Shed (October 13)
Southend Cliffs Pavillion (14)
Bexhill De La War (15)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (17)
Cardiff Great Hall (18)
Bournemouth O2 Academy (20)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (21)
London O2 Academy Brixton (23)
Bath Pavilion (24)
Manchester O2 Apollo (25)
Glasgow O2 Academy (27)
Newcastle 02 Academy (28)
Leeds 02 Academy (29)


To check the availability of Johnny Marr tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.



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