Photo: Andy Cotterill
Released via BMG, “Fever Dreams Pts 1-4” the new double album from the legendary Johnny Marr, is out now. To celebrate the release of this new collection from Johnny, he held a week long tour of indie record shops across the UK for in person album signings. The meet and greets saw Johnny meeting his fans in Piccadilly Records (Manchester), Rough Trade East and West (London), Resident Records (Brighton), Rough Trade (Nottingham), Bear Tree Records (Sheffield) before the final leg of the mini tour in Jumbo Records ( Leeds).
“Fever Dreams Pts 1-4” sees Marr releasing his impressive 4th solo album after the success of previous album releases in 2013 with “The Messenger”, “Playland” in 2014 and the more recent album “Call The Comet” in 2018. With the title of the album giving it away, it is no surprise to hear that the album is split into four chapters with all 16 songs coming together to make Marr’s first ever double album.
With a raft of praise for his latest work which includes the singles “ Tenement Time”, “Sensory Street” , “Night and Day” and “Spirit , Power and Soul” , Marr has received backing from the likes of Rolling Stone UK, NME, DIY Magazine, CLASH, Record Collector , UNCUT Magazine, The Times and The Observer, “Fever Dreams Pmts 1-4” looks set to make waves across the globe.
Explaining the album and its sound Marr said: “ here’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.” With this statement, fans can be assured they are getting a new version of Marr whilst he draws on his different inspirations. The album is a collection of songs that showcase Marr’s stellar career and has such diversity and hard hitting , emotional lyrics and musically see’s him release what he feels is modern music.
With the release of the album, Johnny has also announced his return to performing live with the news he will headline the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival on the 3rd of April in Cardiff, before he takes to the stage in Kingston-Upon-Thames via Banquet Records for a sold out show at Przym. Adding to these dates, Johnny is also set to join Blondie throughout April & May as a special guest on their Against The Odds’ headline tour which includes a show at the O2 Arena ( London). Johnny is rounding off the string of live dates with a bang as he joins The Killers on their headline US arena tour from August right through to October.
“Night and Day”, the latest single taken from the third instalment of “Fever Dreams Pts 1-4” is gaining strong backing with placement on both the 6 Music and The BBC Radio 2 playlists. Being released along side ‘The Speed Of Love’, ‘Counter-Clock World’ and ‘Rubicon’, ‘Night and Day’, will feature on a limited edition gold vinyl EP which is available on pre-order for release on 20th May.
‘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.
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