Guitarist Johnny Marr has announced the release of his first album a solo artist on on February 25, 2013. The Messanger was recorded in Manchester and Berlin. Besides playing guitar, he will also handle he vocals. Marr in Uncut:
It is late in the day to be making my debut (...) I didn't want to be in someone else's band at this point. In the past I might have been reluctant to stand up front, and I've been lucky enough to be in bands with great singers, so it wasn't necessary. But this is my band now, and the frontman in my band has to play guitar. I do both.