Morrissey: New album is a fresh start

‘Ringleader Of The Tormentors’ is no 'continuation' of past work

Morrissey has spoken for the first time about his forthcoming album ‘Ringleader Of The Tormentors’, declaring that it is not a “continuation” of his previous work.

Taking part in an online Q&A with fans for website, the former Smiths frontman spoke about the record and praised the contribution of producer Tony Visconti.

“Firstly, the musicianship is outstanding. Secondly, the songs are very strong, which is a great thing to be able to say this far down the line,” he explained. “We were all very unified – everyone gets on very well, we are all very close friends, and everyone works for the common good, and there is never anyone pulling away – as there has been in the past.”

He added that the record stood on its own. “It is not a continuation of ‘You Are The Quarry’, and it has no links to the past. Tony has been a very uplifting influence – has done a great job as producer and I’m honoured to have worked with him.”

Talking more generally, Morrissey revealed to his fans that “the birth of each album” had been among his happiest moments in life, adding his other highlights included “Meltdown was also a high spot for me, and selling out the MEN Arena so quickly”.