Johnny Marr exclusive: “We’re going to need music more than ever”

The guitarist shares his vision for an "alternative society" in the new issue of Uncut

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Johnny Marr has released details of his new album, Call The Comet.

The album will be released on June 15.

Ahead of the album;s release Johnny has spoken exclusively to Uncut about his latest musical mission and the challenges of writing songs in the “insidious and toxic” atmosphere created by the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump.


“What bothered me, going in to the record, was that my creativity was being contaminated by these people,” he says in the new issue of Uncut, on sale now. “It was impacting on the place where I live, on my friends’ thinking. I almost had to make a pact with myself to get around the political issue, so that my record wouldn’t be spoilt by it. The best thing I can do is let the people who are interested in me know that I’m still one of the good guys; that I’m feeling it with them.”

Asked how he feels that his former Smiths bandmate Morrissey is now on the other side of the political chasm, Marr says: “I never thought about that. I have other concerns.”

One of those appears to be attempting, through his music, to envision a better future. “I don’t mean there’s going to be a revolution imminently, but long-term – and I’m only talking a couple of decades – I imagine there’s going to be an alternative society… It will have a shared consciousness and a compassion for other people, animals, oneself… The old political vocabulary belongs to another time now. It’s the young people who are going to make the change.”


You can read more in the current issue of Uncut – which is in shops now and available to buy online by clicking here.

The Call The Comet tracklisting is:

The Tracers
Hey Angel
Hi Hello
New Dominions
Day In Day Out
Walk Into The Sea
Actor Attractor
Spiral Cities
My Eternal
A Different Gun

You can hear “The Tracers” below:

You can watch a trailer for the album here:

And you can pre-order the album by clicking here.

Johnny Marr will play the following tour of intimate venues to preview the release of Call The Comet:

12th – Ireland, Dublin, Button Factory
14th – UK, Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
16th – UK, London, Islington Assembly Hall
18th – Sweden, Stockholm, Nalen
19th – Denmark, Copenhagen, Vega
20th – The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso Noord
21st – Germany, Berlin, Festsaal Kreuzberg
24th – France, Paris, La Gaîté Lyrique
30th – Canada, Toronto, Velvet Underground
31st – USA, New York, Gramercy Theatre

2nd – USA, San Francisco, August Hall
5th – USA, Los Angeles, Teragram Ballroom

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The May 2018 issue of Uncut is now on sale in the UK – with Johnny Marr on the cover. Elsewhere in the issue, you’ll find exclusive new interviews with John Fogerty, Dan Auerbach, Shirley Collins, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, John Prine and many more. Our free 15-track CD features 15 tracks of this month’s best new music, featuring Kacy & Clayton, Laura Veirs, Wye Oak, Cath & Phil Taylor, Mouse On Mars, Josh T. Pearson, A Place To Bury Strangers and Drinks

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