Johnny Marr Releases "Upstarts" Music Video

Johnny Marr, the former Smiths, Cribs and Modest Mouse guitarist, has posted a new music video for "Upstarts," a track off his upcoming solo album, The Messenger.

The album, which marks Marr's solo debut, will be released February 26 by Sire/ADA.

Marr will hit the road on a solo tour of the UK in March. Dates in the US and elsewhere will be announced soon.

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The 12-song collection (See the track listing below) was written and produced entirely by Marr. It was recorded in Manchester and Berlin and mastered at Abbey Road by Frank Artwright, who collaborated with Marr on the re-mastering work for the Smiths' box set, Complete.

The album is available for pre-order at iTunes here. (opens in new tab) For more about Marr, visit his official website.

The Messenger track listing:

  • 01. The Right Thing Right
  • 02. I Want The Heartbeat
  • 03. European Me
  • 04. Upstarts
  • 05. Lockdown
  • 06. The Messenger
  • 07. Generate! Generate!
  • 08. Say Demesne
  • 09. Sun & Moon
  • 10. The Crack Up
  • 11. New Town Velocity
  • 12. Word Starts Attack

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Damian Fanelli
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Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.