Johnny Marr’s new double album ‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’ is released today – listen HERE. In celebration of the new record, today sees Johnny begin a week long tour of in-store signing appearances at indie record shops across the UK.
The seven stop run will see Johnny meet fans at Manchester’s Piccadilly Records today, before visiting London’s Rough Trade East and West, Brighton’s Resident Records, Rough Trade Nottingham, Sheffield’s Bear Tree Records and Leeds’ Jumbo Records from February 28th to March 3rd.
To guarantee a place, fans can order the album from their local record store now, full dates and remaining tickets are listed HERE.
‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’, which includes the singles ‘Night and Day’, ‘Tenement Time’, ‘Sensory Street’ and ‘Spirit, Power and Soul’ is already receiving extensive critical praise. Described as “the most ambitious album of his career” by UNCUT Magazine, “an epic adventure” by MOJO, a “magnum opus, his most fully formed album yet” by The Times, “a soulful record fuelled by fresh ideas” in the NME, “Revealing, emotional, powerful and progressive” by CLASH, “terrific” by The Observer, “knockout material” by Rolling Stone UK, “brimming with melody and momentum” in Record Collector, and, “on solo record number four, Johnny Marr has set the dial to ‘epic'” says DIY Magazine.
‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’ is Marr’s fourth solo album, following The Messenger (2013), Playland (2014), and 2018’s Call The Comet. As its title implies, it is divided into four chapters. All 16 songs ultimately make up a fantastically expansive work – Johnny’s first double album. Running through everything are two key elements: echoes of the wildly diverse music that he has made across his prolific career, and lyrics that are direct, emotional and full of musicality.
Reflecting on the new release, Johnny said:
“There’s a set of influences and a very broad sound that I’ve been developing – really since getting out of The Smiths until now, and I hear it in this record. There are so many strands of music in it. We didn’t do that consciously, but I think I’ve got a vocabulary of sound. And I feel very satisfied that I’ve been able to harness it.”
“It’s an inspired record and I couldn’t wait to get in to record every day. I still have that feeling of it being a privilege to make records, I almost feel a duty to bring the guitar, and a guitar attitude, to the fore of what I think is modern music.”
2022 will see Johnny Marr return to the live stage, headlining the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival in Cardiff on 3 April before a sold out show at Pryzm in Kingston-Upon-Thames with Banquet Records. Johnny will then join Blondie as a special guest on their ‘Against The Odds’ headline tour through April and May, including London’s O2 Arena, before heading out on The Killers’ headline US arena tour, beginning in August through to October. Tickets are available HERE.
Currently on the BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music playlist, Johnny’s latest single ‘Night and Day’ is also taken from the ‘Fever Dreams Pt 3’ EP – the third quarter of ‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’ which features four tracks from the album, ‘The Speed Of Love’, ‘Night and Day’, ‘Counter-Clock World’ and ‘Rubicon’. The EP will be released on limited edition gold vinyl on May 20th, preorder HERE.
‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’ is available on CD and double vinyl with the official store offering exclusive limited edition white vinyl and cassettes, alongside merch bundles with signed prints. HMV and independent record stores are also stocking a limited edition turquoise vinyl pressing. Order the album HERE.
‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’ In-Store Signing Dates
Only copies of Fever Dreams Pts 1-4 will be eligible for signing
Fri 25 Piccadilly Records, Manchester (12.30PM) SOLD OUT
Mon 28 Rough Trade East, London (1PM)
Mon 28 Rough Trade West, London (5PM)
Tues 1 Resident, Brighton (6.30PM)
Weds 2 Rough Trade, Nottingham (1PM)
Thursday 3 Bear Tree Records, Sheffield (1PM)
Thursday 3 Jumbo Records, Leeds (5PM)
‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’ Album Show
Mon 25 Pryzm, Kingston-Upon-Thames (with Banquet Records) SOLD OUT
2022 UK Tour Dates (with Blondie)
Fri 22 The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Sat 23 Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Tues 26 The O2 Arena, London
Thurs 28 The Brighton Centre
Fri 29 Bonus Arena, Hull
Sun 1 AO Arena, Manchester
Mon 2 Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
Wed 4 First Direct Arena, Leeds
Thurs 5 Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Sat 7 Birmingham Utilita Arena