February 25th next sees the release of 'The Messenger,' the first solo outing by Johnny Marr, one of the most dynamic guitarists to ever come out of Britain. The man who first gave us some of the most memorable riffs during the 1980's as a member of The Smiths has had over the later years a very varied career. Credits include his work as sideman or collaborator to a host of adventures with Modest Mouse, The Cribs, Electronica and The The to name but a few.
The Observer newspaper has described this album as 'a shimmering debut' while the Guardian notes that the songs are like 'epic romantic soundscapes'.
Recorded between Berlin and Manchester 'The Messenger' was mastered at Abbey Road by Frank Artwright who recently collaborated with Marr on the remastering work of 'Complete', the ultimate box set of all The Smiths albums.
Extensive touring begins next month which includes a Dublin date set for The Academy on March 27th, this is the single release entitled 'Upstarts'.