The lovely Johnny Marr is planning a second album with his latest band the Healers. You may remember debut ‘Boomslang’, which was released in 2003 via iMusic to mixed reviews. Anyway, it’s been announced via the former Smiths guitarist’s official website that the new long player will see a release in the spring and some of the songs already recorded are ‘The Sparks of Life’, ‘Run in the Dust’, ‘Reign Down the New Days’, ‘I’ve Seen More’, ‘Save Ourselves Again’ and ‘Denial Denial’.
The Healers, which originally featured drummer Zak Starkey on drums and Kula Shaker bassist Alonza Bevan, now consists of guitarist James Doviak, bassist Iwan Gronow and drummer David Tolan. Marr and the Healers will perform at the previously reported Manchester V. Cancer benefit concert on 28 Jan.
Elsewhere in Marr news, he’s apparently played guitar and harmonica on five tracks for a new Jane Birkin covers album, which is expected to see a release early in the year. The long player features Birkin’s versions of songs by, amongst others, Tom Waits, Kate Bush and Rufus Wainwright.