As the lead guitarist for the Smiths, Johnny Marr created a chiming, jangly guitar style that changed the face of rock music and influenced countless bands to come. In the years following the Smiths’ demise, he spent some time wandering the earth as a rock music ronin, blessing other bands like the The, Electronic, the Cribs, and Modest Mouse with his talents. He released two solo albums, The Messenger in 2013 and Playland in 2014, before taking some time off from his solo career to collaborate with composer Hans Zimmer and write an autobiography, 2016’s Set The Boy Free. And now, after revisiting his past, he’s ready to forge a new future.
Recorded with his band at Marr’s own Crazy Face Studios in Manchester, his upcoming solo album Call The Comet is a loose concept album partly inspired by Brexit and Trumpism. “Call The Comet is my own magic realism,” Marr explains. “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.” We’ve already heard the record’s launch track “The Tracers” and single “Hi Hello,” and now he’s shared another new song.
Kicking off with mournful piano, a heartbeat-like thump, and a characteristically sparkling guitar line, “Walk Into The Sea” ebbs and flows like a post-rock song, with Marr trying on a surprisingly Protomartyr-esque spoken-word delivery in the midsection before building to an achingly beautiful climax. Listen and watch the accompanying music video, directed by Mat Bancroft and Johnny Marr himself, below.
06/02 San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
06/04 Conan 11PM/10c on TBS
06/04 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
06/06 Los Angeles, CA @Teragram Ballroom
09/15 Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
09/16 Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
09/17 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
09/20 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater
09/21 Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
09/22 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
09/24 Santa Cruz, CA @The Catalyst
09/25 Berkeley, CA @ UC Theater
09/26 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
09/28 Sonoma, CA @ Old Redwood Barn
09/30 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
10/02 Mexico City, Mexico @ Plaza Condesa
10/04 Los Angeles, CA @ The Theater At Ace Hotel
10/08 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
10/09 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
10/10 Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room & Garage
10/11 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
10/13 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
10/15 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
10/16 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
10/17 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
10/19 Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix
10/20 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
10/21 Boston, MA @ The Paradise
10/22 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
Call The Comet is out 6/15 via New Voodoo. Pre-order it here.