New Town Velocity / Johnny Marr / David Barnes / 2013

New Town Velocity / Johnny Marr / David Barnes / 2013


Footnotes

I always was influenced by whatever environment I found myself in. When I was younger that would’ve been the inner city and around Manchester and then wherever I was in the world or tour or whatever. All the bands I liked sounded like their environment. You could tell the early Stones and The Kinks were from London for example and The Smiths really did sound like Manchester. I always found Los Angeles to be inspiring for some reason, probably the light, and I’ve written songs there. I decided to live in Portland Oregon because I found the place to be very creative. That was more of a cultural consideration because the city is set up so well for an artist, with a lot of resources and an artistic community. ➡︎

The Hexagon Tower in Blackley, north Manchester [Richard Seifert & Partners, 1971] is great and features in a video I did for my song called New Town Velocity. That video is a psychogeographical view of Greater Manchester. It starts off on the estate I grew up on and has some great buildings in it. I was trying to show my environment in a way that it isn’t usually shown, which is usually Victorian. ➡︎

I've always been into architecture, but now I'm getting more specific. I had an interest in buildings and cities and towns particularly from being really quite young and growing up near the city. I had a fairly vivid imagination about them. When I put my first solo album out, The Messenger, the word "psychogeography" came up quite a lot in regard to the way I was writing my words. What "psychogeography" was, the culture of it, I found it was true, but didn't really know until then that there was a term for it. I was happy to discover that what I was doing was psychogeography, and there was a culture of it that was rich, from everyone from Baudelaire and Thomas de Quincy to Walter Benjamin and architecture and lot of different aspects of physical and esoteric city life. That's a big preoccupation of mine at the moment. ➡︎


Extras

 Manchester Modernist Society


Sources

◼︎ Johnny Marr on creative living / Omkara / 2016

◼︎ Johnny Marr: ‘Most of the new houses I’ve seen look shit’ / Richard Waite / The Architect's Journal / 2015

◼︎ Johnny Marr: The Exclaim! Questionnaire / Stephen Carlick / Exclaim! / 2014


Prepare Your Coffin / Tortoise / Andrew Paynter & JUICE / 2009

Prepare Your Coffin / Tortoise / Andrew Paynter & JUICE / 2009

Urban Isolation / Russell Houghten / 2014

Urban Isolation / Russell Houghten / 2014