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Johnny Marr, ‘Upstarts’ – New Video

“The underground is overground,” Johnny Marr sings in ‘Upstarts,’ the latest single to drop from his forthcoming ‘The Messenger’ album, which is being billed as his first solo disc. Marr told Stereogum that the song has political overtones, but he cold easily be singing about the rise of indie music, which has grown in prominence substantially over the last decade.

Marr’s voice probably isn’t instantly recognizable, but the former Smiths rocker’s distinctive fretwork certainly sounds familiar on the catchy tune, which follows on the heels of the first ‘Messenger’ single, the album’s title track. (Check out that video here). The ‘Upstarts’ clip features Marr and his backing band performing in what looks to be a prison. ‘The Messenger’ is out Feb. 26

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