Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr is eyeing a spring release for his second album with his band the Healers. No label has yet been announced for the as-yet-untitled project; the group's 2003 debut, "Boomslang," was issued via iMusic, which has only been sporadically active in recent years.
According to Marr's official Web site, among the songs expected to appear on the album are "Denial Denial," "I've Seen More," "The Sparks of Life," "Reign Down the New Days," "Save Ourselves Again," "For the True Believers," "I'm the One," "A Certain Kind" and "Run in the Dust."
The Healers now feature guitarist James Doviak, bassist Iwan Gronow and drummer David Tolan. The original incarnation of the group included Zak Starkey on drums and former Kula Shaker bassist Alonza Bevan.
...In other Marr news, the guitarist played guitar and harmonica on five tracks due for inclusion on a new album from vocalist Jane Birkin. The set is due early this year via EMI internationally and finds Birkin covering songs popularized by Tom Waits, Kate Bush, Rufus Wainwright and Portishead's Beth Gibbons, among others.
A possible move toward Advancement for Johnny Marr would be to give up the guitar for the harmonica. Also, he could call the new record "You Look Marr-velous."