Johnny Marr premieres new video ‘Upstarts’ on NME – watch

It's taken from debut solo album 'The Messenger'

Johnny Marr has premiered his new music video for ‘Upstarts’ exclusively here on

The former Smiths guitarist and Cribs collaborator is set to release his debut solo album ‘The Messenger’ on 25 February.

‘Upstarts’, the first single to be taken from the new record, will be available to dowmload from 18 February. It will also be released on 7″ vinyl, backed by the new non-album track ‘Psychic Beginners’.


Marr recently told NME that ‘Upstarts’ is “about the joy of defiance”. He added: “I wanted to encapsulate it in a catchy tune, rather than getting too serious about it.” Marr produced the track himself, as well as contributing vocals and guitar.

Recorded in Manchester and Berlin, ‘The Messenger’ was mastered at Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright who also collaborated with Marr on the remastering work for The Smiths’ box set ‘Complete’.

Having lived in Portland, Oregon since 2005, Marr returned to the UK to commence work on ‘The Messenger’. “The underlying idea of the record is my experience of growing up in Europe,” he explains. “When you’re away from your home city you’re more compelled to write about it, whether that’s because you’re homesick or you’ve got more objectivity, I don’t know. Growing up in the city influences you, and I’ve continued to see, stories and energy in it.”

Marr will travel the UK on his debut solo tour in March:

Oxford, O2 Academy (March 10)
Norwich, Waterfront (11)
Cambridge, Junction (12)
Brighton, Concorde (14)
London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (15)
Birmingham, HMV Institute (16)
Sheffield, Leadmill (18)
Glasgow, ABC (19)
Liverpool, O2 Academy (20)
Manchester, HMV Ritz (22)
Manchester, HMV Ritz (23)