Mozzer not missed amid Marr’s in­cen­di­ary in­die

Johnny Marr, Stu­dent Union, Cardiff ★★★★★

Western Mail - - COFFEEBREAK - Phil Dewey

WHILE in­die gui­tar vir­tu­oso Johnny Marr promised not to talk pol­i­tics at his re­cent gig at Cardiff Univer­sity, he did aim a barb at the con­tro­ver­sial Pres­i­dent of the USA. “Do you know why Trump wasn’t in a great mood this morn­ing? Must have been that f ****** omelette on his head.”

The for­mer Smiths ax­e­man and now solo artist came to the Great Hall on Thurs­day night as part of his Call the Comet tour, show­cas­ing songs from his new al­bum of the same name. While no artist worth their salt can be un­af­fected by the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cli­mate, with this new batch of songs Marr has sub­tly ad­dressed those is­sues, us­ing dystopian im­agery to tar­get the Trumps of this world.

His set was largely made up of Call the Comet tracks, with his trade­mark jan­gly gui­tar melodies in­fil­trat­ing Hi Hello, Day In Day Out and Walk Into the Sea, while the likes of New Do­min­ions, The Trac­ers and Bug con­tin­ued the in­no­va­tive streak which has led him to work along­side such dis­parate bands as Mod­est Mouse, The Cribs and The The. Marr’s disco side was also un­leashed on elec­tronic tracks from his joint project with New Or­der front­man Bernard Sum­ner, with Get­ting Away With It and Get the Mes­sage given an air­ing. But de­spite all he’s done since his split with Mor­ris­sey and co, the pin­na­cle of Marr’s ca­reer will al­ways be The Smiths and fans of said band were not dis­ap­pointed at the Great Hall. In to­tal there were six Smiths songs, in­clud­ing Big­mouth Strikes Again, The Head­mas­ter Ri­tual, Last Night I Dreamt That Some­body Loved Me and There Is A Light That Never Goes Out, an an­them of doomed youth which was taken up by the crowd who knew line af­ter line. Marr’s gui­tar play­ing is be­yond crit­i­cism and his voice also held up well with erst­while col­league Mozzer’s croon­ing not missed on the songs they cre­ated to­gether.

The evening drew to a close with the rarely per­formed Smiths track You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby, whose jan­gly glam-rock riff cat­a­pulted the au­di­ence into in­die ec­stasy.

An­other mas­ter­class in be­ing ef­fort­lessly cool by Mr Marr.

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