Johnny Marr is releasing his solo debut? It’s funny to say, isn’t it? Yet, this brilliant guitarist who has played with such bands as The Smiths, Modest Mouse and The The, is taking on perhaps his biggest challenge ever, playing the lead. No one is saying playing lead guitar in a band is easy, but putting yourself out there like a lead singer does with all eyes on you is one of the most difficult things to do in music.
Throughout his career as one of the top 100 guitarists of all-time Marr has found a way to be successful whether that be joining groups like the aforementioned Modest Mouse mid stream or helping to create one of the greatest British bands ever in the Smiths. Marr is simply drawn to success, it’s almost like it follows. I have no doubt in my mind whatsoever that after listening to this newest song, “Upstarts” that he’ll find it once again February 26th with The Messenger.