Johnny Marr preparing new Healers album

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 May 2011
The Cribs

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr is planning a new album with his near-solo project The Healers next year

Johnny Marr will release a new album with The Healers next year.

The ex-The Smiths guitarist is working on new songs under the band name - the closest thing he has to a solo project, as he is the only permanent member, who sings and plays guitar - which he plans to have released by 2012.

He told Billboard.com: "I just want to write more than enough material to avoid ducking back into the studio to record a follow-up album.

"I want to take advantage of this point and when I set sail I want to set sail for awhile."

A first album by The Healers, 'Boomslang', was released in 2003 with a line up which included Zak Starkey, Lee Spencer and Alonza Bevan, although Johnny is assembling new members to work on the follow up.

Johnny - who recently left the Cribs, after playing with the band since 2008, to concentrate on other projects - also said his recent work with Hans Zimmer on scoring the soundtrack to Hollywood film 'Inception' has had a positive effect on his songwriting.

He added: "The discipline of finishing a few scenes in a day was useful in writing the record that I am now writing.

"There was not a lot of time for indulgence or experimentation - and I like to deliver when I say I'm going to deliver."

The musician is also presently working on his autobiography.

Johnny Marr

Former Smiths guitarist, who's stuck to his indie credentials by gracing the stage with the likes of The Cribs, Dinosaur Jr and Modest Mouse.

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