Johnny Marr has unveiled the video for his first ever solo single ‘The Messenger’.
The album was recorded in Manchester and Berlin, and mastered at London’s Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright. The pair previously worked together on remastering work for The Smiths’ box set ‘Complete’.
‘The Messenger’ sees Marr turn frontman after years as star sideman and guitarist-for-hire. He said of the album: “The underlying idea of the record is my experience of growing up in Europe. 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.”
Song titles on the album include ‘The Right Thing Right’, ‘Upstarts’, ‘European Me’ and ‘I Want The Heartbeat’.
Marr first appeared as the guitarist in The Smiths, where he co-wrote and co-produced each of their four classic albums. He left the band in 1987, and has since played with The Pretenders, Electronic, The The, Modest Mouse and most recently The Cribs. He also guested on recordings by the Pet Shop Boys, John Frusciante, Talking Heads and Beck.