Johnny Marr: ‘The Smiths invented indie’

The guitarist says his solo debut 'The Messenger' could be compared to his old band

Johnny Marr has spoken out about his old band The Smiths ahead of the release of his solo debut album, ‘The Messenger’.

Speaking to The Guardian, Marr said: “We invented indie as we still know it.”

He added that parts of ‘The Messenger’ could be compared to his guitar work in the seminal Manchester band. “If people say parts of the record sound like The Smiths, I’m OK with that because hopefully it’s got the same exuberance,” he said.


Marr then said that he and his former band’s frontman Morrissey no longer speak. “We don’t have any reason to, to be honest,” he revealed.

Of his new album, which is set for release on February 25, Marr explained: “I felt something was missing from pop. When you hit it right on guitars in pop, it can be vivacious and exuberant and shiny.”

‘The Messenger’ was recorded in Manchester and Berlin, and mastered at London’s Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright.

Marr heads out on his first ever solo tour in March. The run of shows starts at the Oxford O2 Academy on March 10, with shows in Norwich, Cambridge, Brighton, London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Glasgow and Liverpool. The tour comes to an end on March 22 at Manchester HMV Ritz.

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