Johnny Marr announces new album ‘Call The Comet’ and album launch shows – watch the exclusive trailer

Check out new single 'The Tracers'

Johnny Marr has announced details of his new album ‘Call The Comet’ along with details of live shows. See the exclusive trailer on NME first below along with new single ‘The Tracers’.

Following on from his acclaimed solo records with ‘The Messenger’ and ‘Playland’, the former Smiths guitarist returns with ‘Call The Comet’ – recorded in his own ‘Crazy Face’ studios in Manchester and due for release on June 15.

“Call The Comet’ is my own magic realism,” said Marr of the album. “It’s set in the not-too-distant future and is mostly concerned with the idea of an alternative society. The characters in the songs are searching for a new idealism, although there are some personal songs in there too. It’s something that people like me can relate to.”

To launch the album, Marr has also dropped new single ‘The Tracers’. In our track-by-track guide to the record, we wrote of the track: “Johnny’s own personal favourite on the record, and we can’t help but agree. Loaded with “woops”, hooks and a constant rumbling tension,

“‘The Tracers’ is the perfect balance between his knack for pop and the cinematic mastery he’s demonstrated with his pal Hans Zimmer. It’s like a runaway train to the future, and we don’t want to get off.”

The Tracers

The Tracers, a song by Johnny Marr on Spotify

The tracklist for ‘Call The Comet’ is:

  1. ‘Rise’
  2. ‘The Tracers’
  3. ‘Hey Angel’
  4. ‘Hi Hello’
  5. ‘New Dominions’
  6. ‘Day In Day Out’
  7. ‘Walk Into The Sea’
  8. ‘Bug’
  9. ‘Actor Attractor’
  10. ‘Spiral Cities’
  11. ‘My Eternal’
  12. A Different Gun’

Read our track-by-track guide to the album here.

Johnny Marr tour dates

Marr’s upcoming tour dates are below. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan scheme, which is now open for fans to register their interest.

MAY

12th – Ireland, Dublin, Button Factory
14th – UK, Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
16th – UK, London, Islington Assembly Hall
18th – Sweden, Stockholm, Nalen
19th – Denmark, Copenhagen, Vega
20th – The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso Noord
21st – Germany, Berlin, Festsaal Kreuzberg
24th – France, Paris, La Gaîté Lyrique
30th – Canada, Toronto, Velvet Underground
31st – USA, New York, Gramercy Theatre

JUNE
2nd – USA, San Francisco, August Hall
5th – USA, Los Angeles, Teragram Ballroom