Johnny Marr announces new solo album, ‘Playland’

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Guitar legend Johnny Marr has announced details of his new solo album.

The former Smith’s man will release Playland on the 6th of October. It will be the follow up to his debut solo album, The Messenger, that was released in 2013.

The new album was recorded in London at Tritone Studios, and the lead single, “Easy Money”, will be released on the same day.

In interview with NME, Marr said: “It was deliberate to work in London. Where you work definitely affects how it sounds and seeps into the music, and I’ve developed a really good feeling for London in the past couple of years, I like the frenetic atmosphere.”

“The album’s main themes are the atmosphere of the city, and the preoccupations of the people who live in them,” Marr continued. “Those preoccupations being consumerism, sex and anxiety, or distraction and transcendence from those things.”

Playland was co-produced by Marr and bandmember and co-producer Doviak. Mixing was handled by Claudius Mittendorfer in New York, and mastering at Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright, who has in the past worked with Arcade Fire, The Smiths, New Order, Joy Division, Coldplay, Oasis and Primal Scream.

The full tracklist for Playland is as follows:

Johnny Marr Playland“Back In The Box”
“Easy Money”
“Dynamo”
“Candidate”
“25 Hours”
“The Trap”
“Playland”
“Speak Out Reach Out”
“Boys Get Straight”
“This Tension”
“Little King”

Marr and his band will embark on a series of live dates in the UK during October, playing:

13th of Oct: Lincoln The Engine Shed
14th of Oct: Southend Cliffs Pavillion
15th of Oct: Bexhill De La Warr
17th of Oct: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
18th of Oct: Cardiff Great Hall
20th of Oct: Bournemouth O2 Academy
21st of Oct: Cambridge Corn Exchange
23rd of Oct: London O2 Academy Brixton
24th of Oct: Bath Pavilion
25th of Oct: Manchester O2 Apollo
27th of Oct: Glasgow O2 Academy
28th of Oct: Newcastle O2 Academy
29th of Oct: Leeds O2 Academy

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Watch video for new song “Room 13” by Black Moth

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Leeds based melodic doom merchants Black Moth have released a video for new song, “Room 13”.

The track features on the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, Condemned To Hope, which has been produced by The Bad Seeds’ Jim Sclavunos and is scheduled for release on the 15th of September via New Heavy Sounds.

You can watch the video below:

Black Moth’s debut album, The Killing Floor, was released in 2013 and was also produced by Sclavunos. The band have played Reading and Leeds festivals, Download, and a 15 date UK headline tour, as well as supporting the likes of Red Fang, Karma to Burn, Turbowolf and Truckfighers.

Black Moth will play the following confirmed dates:

3rd of July: Barfly, Camden
18th of July: Truck Festival, Cambridge
1st of Aug: Y Not Festival, Derby

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