"Call The Comet is my own magic realism. It’s set in the not-too-distant future and is mostly concerned with the idea of an alternative society. The characters in the songs are searching for a new idealism, although there are some personal songs in there too. It’s something that people like me can relate to.” - Johnny Marr
Recorded with his band in Manchester at Marr’s Crazy Face Studios in Manchester, Johnny Marr's third solo album 'Call The Comet' follows the critically acclaimed 'The Messenger' (2013) and 'Playland' (2014). For his latest work, Marr was inspired by the shifting political landscape across the world in recent years. Working with the band surrounded by projectors, showing newsfeeds from all around the world, Marr decided to create a loose narrative around fictional characters in a near future alternative society, in the midst of an earth-shaking global event.
Though the timely subject matter and approach might surprise some fans the overarching themes behind the album could be compared to those employed by one of Marr's biggest heroes, David Bowie's tales of extraterrestrial messengers heralding the end of the world on 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars'.
Marr has already shared three very promising tracks from the album, 'The Tracers', 'Hi Hello' and 'Walk Into The Sea'. The songs demonstrate very different moods from the dark dystopian synth heavy lead single 'The Tracers' to the more classicly Marr guitar driven song structure of 'Hi Hello'.
'Call The Comet' is slated for release on 15th June (2018).
Johnny Marr will also be touring in the UK and Ireland in November 2018:
1st - Belfast, Ulster Hall
2nd - Dublin, National Stadium
4th - Norwich, UEA
5th - Birmingham, O2 Institute
6th - Bath, Forum
8th - Cardiff, Great Hall
9th - Brighton, Dome
11th - London, Roundhouse
13th - Sheffield, O2 Academy
14th - Newcastle, O2 Academy
15th - Glasgow, Barrowlands
17th - Liverpool, O2 Academy
18th - Manchester, O2 Apollo
Listen to our playlist with Johnny Marr, including an excerpt from his book 'Set The Boy Free' here.
Preorder and find out more at johnnymarr.com