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Johnny Marr Is the Last Brit Standing in ‘New Town Velocity’ Video

New video promotes latest 'Messenger' single

picture-18547-1390524318By: Kyle McGovern // July 17, 2013

Johnny Marr stalked a bleak countryside in the video for “The Messenger” last year, and now the ex-Smiths guitarist has released a city-dwelling pseudo-sequel. The official clip for “New Town Velocity,” the latest single off Marr’s February solo album, follows the 49-year-old Brit as he roams some deserted streets in Greater Manchester. Like the previously heard “Upstarts,” this song tells the story of a disaffected youth who leaves school to get a head start on life. And like the previously seen “Upstarts” video, this short was directed by David Barnes. 

Earlier this week, Marr shared “The It-Switch,” the B-side to “New Town Velocity.” Both tunes will be packaged together digitally (and as a U.K.-only 7-inch) on July 22. The Messenger man is also currently on tour through November, with stops booked in Europe, Japan, and the U.S. Find live show details below.

Johnny Marr tour dates:

July 18 – Sesimbra, Portugal @ Super Rock Portugal
July 19 – Benicàssim, Spain @ Benicàssim Festival
July 27 – Cumbria, England @ Kendal Calling
August 10 – Tokyo, Japan @ Summer Sonic
August 11 – Osaka, Japan @ Summer Sonic
August 15 – Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop Belgium
August 23 – Paris, France Paris Rock En Seine
August 24 – Reading, England @ Reading Festival
August 25 – Leeds, England @ Leeds Festival
September 1 – Dublin, Ireland @ Electric Picnic Dublin
September 7 – Isle of Wight, England @ Bestival Isle Of Wight
September 15 – Portmeirion, Wales @ Festival No 6
October 4 – Gloucester, England @ Gloucester Guildhall
October 5 – Wrexham, Wales @ Wrexham Central Station
October 6 – Newcastle, England @ Newcastle O2 Academy
October 12 – Manchester, England @ Manchester Academy 1
October 13 – Leeds, England @ Leeds Met Uni
October 14 – Wolverhampton, England @ Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
October 16 – Nottingham, England @ Nottingham Rock City
October 17 – Bristol, England @ Bristol O2 Academy 1
October 18 – London, England @ London Roundhouse
October 31 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
November 1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
November 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theater
November 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
November 8 – Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Festival
November 9 – Dallas, TX @ The Granada Theater
November 11 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
November 12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Fun House
November 13 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
November 16 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
November 17 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
November 19 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
November 20 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
November 22 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
November 23 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
November 24 – Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
November 25 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theatre
November 26 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room