2/22/2019

Johnny Marr Shares New Track "Armatopia," North American Tour On-Sale Today


Johnny Marr

Shares New Track "Armatopia"

North American Spring Tour
On-Sale Today

Today, Smiths’ guitar legend Johnny Marr, winner of British GQ's 2018 "Man Of The Year" Lifetime Achievement Award and NME’s “God-Like Genius” award is sharing a video for a brand new song, "Armatopia." Noisey premiered the clip, saying it “...combines Marr’s utopian fixation with crisp synths, a buzzy guitar line and visuals that recall a party at the end of the world.

Speaking on the origins of the track, Marr states: “'Armatopia' is the odd state we find the ecology and ourselves in today. Have those in control made people feel like there’s only one thing left they can do? We’re smoking till we burn out’, so we dance and party. It’s Eco-Disco for 2019.

The song arrives ahead of Johnny’s forthcoming extensive North American tour, The coast-to-coast run includes Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, Denver and more. Tickets are on-sale now at JohnnyMarr.com and a full list of dates is below.

Johnny Marr - Armatopia (Official Music Video)
Last year, Marr released the critically acclaimed album Call The Comet. Recorded with his band in Manchester at Marr’s Crazy Face Factory, Call The Comet follows his previous UK Top 10 albums The Messenger (2013) and Playland (2014). Says Marr: "Call The Comet is my own magic realism. 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.”
Praise for Johnny Marr:

His gruffer, but by no means unrefined, vocals lend fresh flavour to the Smiths tracks he drops intermittently into the set; his fired-up “Bigmouth”, stabbed through with trademark arpeggios, seems designed to remind us that the Smiths were as much gobby post-punk rabble as they were foppish ego cult, while “The Headmaster Ritual” could be Daytripper-era Beatles with switchblades up their blazer sleeves.” (4 Stars)
- The Guardian

"[Marr] keeps pushing boundaries and rewriting his musical legacy."
Brooklyn Vegan

Marr (was) showcasing his great new album which somehow manages to combine those perfect Marr-lodies with a whiff of early eighties post-punk melancholy but also nods to that patented chiming guitar sound that he trademarked in the Smiths. The new album is his finest solo offering yet and the gig was a celebration of this and his own back pages...a perfect example of how seamlessly it all fits together into a continuous career whole in a sweatshod celebration of a decades long quest of guitar pop brilliance.”
- Louder Than War

"The man’s a genius..."
Stereogum

“...the songs themselves sounded urgent and engaged. Guitar solos
emerged with power and clarity within songs.”
- The Financial Times

"...Marr has his eyes on the comet in the sky, always moving forward."
PopMatters

"There is nothing pretentious about Call the Comet, just gobs of alluring, guitar-based rock..."
Under the Radar

TOUR
04/27 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
04/28 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
04/29 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
05/01 - Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theater
05/03 - Providence, RI @ Fete Music Hall - Ballroom
05/04 - New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
05/06 - Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
05/07 - South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom
05/08 - Portland, ME @ Aura
05/10 - London, ON @ London Music Hall
05/11 - Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrews Hall
05/13 - Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
05/14 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theater
05/15 - Kansas City, MO @ Harrah's Voodoo Lounge
05/16 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
05/18 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
05/19 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
05/20 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
05/21 - Los Angeles, CA @ John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
Watch the video for “The Tracers” HERE.
Watch the video for “Hi Hello” HERE.
Watch the video for "Sprial Cities" HERE.
Johnny spoke with Rolling Stone about Call The Comet HERE.
Order Call The Comet HERE.
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