We are less likely to think of Johnny Marr, but perhaps we should; without his nimble, virtuosic guitar parts, The Smiths wouldn’t have been half the band that they were. Marr was, and remains, a guitarist of extraordinary range, drawing influences from funk, Krautrock and American new wave. His guitar parts proved the perfect foil to Morrissey’s vocals, sharing their plaintive melodicism, whilst bolstering the band’s rhythm section.
Since leaving The Smiths in 1987, Marr has avoided ageing-rocker clichés. He has opted largely to work with younger indie bands, from Portland’s Modest Mouse to Wakefield natives The Cribs, on whose records he never attempts a nostalgic recapitulation of The Smiths, but rather works within the aesthetics that these bands have carved out for themselves.
In 2013, Marr released his first solo album, The Messenger ; as might be expected, the most interesting facet of the album is Marr’s guitar work, but he also proves an able frontman. A second solo album is due in October of this year, from which he’s already shared the single ‘Easy Money’
He'll be playing old songs and new at Brixton’s O2 Academy on 23 October.
|What||Johnny Marr, O2 Academy Brixton|
|Where||Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Rd , SW9 9SL | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Brixton (underground)|
On 23 Oct 14, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
|Website||Click here to book via Ticketweb|