Johnny Marr has done a lot since the disbanding of The Smiths. He's become a prolific session musician and has played guitar in bands such as Modest Mouse and The Cribs. Last year, he released his first solo album, The Messenger, and on October 7th he will release the follow-up, Playland. The first single from the record is "Easy Money" and you can watch the music video above.
The video, directed by David Barnes, follows Marr and his band as they gamble in casinos, play shows in empty restaurants, and go to convenience stores to buy lottery tickets. They are doing anything they can to make money. The setting gives the video a downtrodden feel, as the town is nearly empty and looks run-down. Marr takes the situation in stride and looks to fit in well with his surroundings.
"Easy Money" is a catchy, guitar-driven pop song. There are upbeat hooks and singalong lines galore, which makes for danceable tune that fans can easily shout back during live shows. The constant repetition recalls Billy Idol's performance of Tommy James and The Shondells' "Mony Mony" which will delight '80s glam-rock fans.
Marr talked to Pitchfork about the song and video:
"A 'high times in low rent England' kind of thing, whereas the song 'Easy Money' is more of a 'low times in high rent England' kind of thing."
Playland will be out October 6th in the U.K. and October 7th internationally. The album is available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes. For the latest on Johnny Marr including news, music, and upcoming tour dates, check out his Zumic artist page.
Source: Johnny Marr YouTube Channel