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

New video promotes latest 'Messenger' single

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Kyle McGovern WRITTEN BY
Kyle McGovern

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

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