Johnny Marr tells NME he’ll release new solo album this September

Singer discusses follow-up to 'The Messenger' at NME Awards with Austin, Texas

Johnny Marr has told NME that he will release a new solo album this September.

The former Smiths guitarist was at last night’s (February 26) NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas at O2 Academy Brixton and revealed that he had been working on the follow-up to last year’s solo debut ‘The Messenger’.

“I’ve got a new record coming out in the end of September, the follow-up to last year’s,” he said. “I wanted to do the second one really quick. For me, it was just about being on tour and wanting to capture the spirit of the band and the audience before it wears off. I’d been touring for 11 months so I wanted to keep that same energy. I didn’t want to overthink it.”

Marr, who was named NME’s Godlike Genius at last year’s ceremony, was on hand yesterday evening to watch Blondie be honoured with the same prestigious award. Other big winners at the ceremony included Paul McCartney, Damon Albarn, Lily Allen and Haim. Performances came from The Horrors and Drenge plus Metronomy, who opened the show by performing ‘Love Letters’, from their forthcoming new album of the same name, with MKS. Belle & Sebastian played ‘I Want The World To Stop’ and ‘The Boy With The Arab Strap’.

Arctic Monkeys dominated the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas, meanwhile, picking up five awards including Best British Band, Best Live Band and Best Album for ‘AM’.

NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas in Pictures