Widely regarded as the creator of the indie guitar archetype that others have emulated or assimilated for the last 25 years, Johnny Marr has been part of so many era defining projects, that it is difficult to construct a definitive list. From The Smiths to Electronic, from Modest Mouse to The Cribs, Johnny Marr is a constant figure. Marr is the guitar hero of an era documented by the newsprint pages of NME and Melody Maker, and now in the age of blogs he is still the favourite of students and Prime Minister alike.
Recent news of Johnny Marr's first solo album "The Messenger" therefore, is a pretty big deal. The second track to surface from the album release (due Feb 25th 2013) is "Upstarts". The video, shot in gloriously overlit 70s video-texture, can be seen below.
"Upstarts" is a near perfect indie guitar anthem maintaining its assertive momentum up to the last chiming note.
Preorder "The Messenger" and book tour tickets here.
Johnny Marr's Solo UK Tour dates for March are as follows:
10th – Oxford, O2 Academy
11th – Norwich, Waterfront
12th – Cambridge, Junction
14th – Brighton, Concorde
15th – London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
16th – Birmingham, HMV Institute
18th – Sheffield, Leadmill
19th – Glasgow, ABC
20th – Liverpool O2, Academy
22nd – Manchester, HMV Ritz (SOLD OUT)
23rd – Manchester, HMV Ritz