Influenced by the 1938 book Homo Ludens about the importance of play in our everyday lives, Johnny Marr has announced a follow-up to his first solo LP released last year. The incomparable former guitarist of The Smiths recently has been working on the score to the Amazing Spiderman 2 with Pharrell, which is a very interesting collaboration including producer Hans Zimmer, Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, and Mike Einziger of Incubus. Playland is due out October 7th, with a one-month tour of the UK to follow. In an interview with the NME, Marr discussed his childhood, and how he transformed a harsh experience into his wonderful musicianship:

I was immersed in the Catholic school system and an oppressive upbringing, looking at a life of having to consort with people that I didn’t want to be around. I realised you need to find some escape to break out of that, and that’s when I realised art was a way of escaping, in my case the music I was making or wanted to make. I would’ve been eight or nine, and I knew I just needed to escape the life that I was in. I got a sense of what might be my destiny if I didn’t do that.

Check out the first single from the upcoming album:


Jennifer Patchett
Big Sonic Heaven Contributing Writer