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Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr feels like he’s “released from the lead” to write what songs he likes | News from the United Kingdom

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr says he feels “relaxed” after finally dropping any “luggage” he once felt about people who expected him to play a certain way.

In an interview with Sky News about the release of his double album Fever Dreams Pts 1-4 the musician – who is widely regarded as one of the greatest modern guitarists of our time – explained that he can finally write any songs he likes.

“I think you’ll get to a certain point in your career and life, where maybe at a certain age, you know, you drop your luggage, hopefully.”

It’s easier said than done when your former teammate is Steven Morrissey, who recently published a rather annoying open letter asking Marr to stop mentioning his name in interviews.

Image: Marr says his Irish working class roots have influenced his work ethic

Ironic, as Marr admits, that for decades he tried to actively distance himself from what he sounded in Smith’s days in collaboration with The Cribs, Modest Mouse, and those like Bernard Sumner of the New Order, to name a few.

“No one really wants to be labeled ‘that’s your sound – you play Rickenbacker guitar and you stay that way …’,” he jokes.

“Who knows I might turn left in the future and do something crazy, but I feel a little out of place with this album.”

While the others were busy baking yeast, Marra was the result of a lockdown of 16 new tracks, his fourth solo album.

“I didn’t want to write about vaccinations and closed shops or anything like that. But pretty quickly, as we got into it, that feeling in society and that I’m human and what time meant, and all those aspects of what that period meant for it definitely played us into songs. “

He still struggles, he says, with how little he feels that Downing Street has helped the live music industry during the pandemic.

Image: Marr has collaborated on film scores – including working with Billie Eilish on No Time To Die

“People in the arts, and especially musicians and festivals, were left to fend around and see what would happen, you know, there was no protection at all. So you kind of got them there.” “

Marr has recently collaborated on film scores with composer Hans Zimmer – including working with Billie Eilish on Bond’s latest No Time To Die.

“Hans and a few of my other friends I’ve worked with all still tend to be workaholics, so we get along.

“We are quite similar in this respect. I think it’s probably just as good that we come from a working class family, really from an Irish working class family, we have a work ethic.”