NME premiered a video featuring Johnny Marr and his band for the new single ‘Upstarts’ which will be available for download on 18 February. Taken from the upcoming album The Messenger, ‘Upstarts’ will also come out on 7″ vinyl with ‘Psychic Beginners’ (not included on the album) as the b-side. The band members are James Doviak on guitar, Iwan Gronow on bass and Jack Mitchell on drums. Their UK tour begins at the O2 Academy in Oxford on 10 March 2013.
‘Upstarts’ – Directed by David Barnes, filmed at Dock 10 Studios in MediaCityUK, Manchester
A song like ‘Upstarts’ is a kind of lighthearted description of leaving school and getting screwed and not knowing enough to engage in some productive political discourse but still being wise enough to throw up your middle finger and say “Fuck you.” I remember hearing this young political demonstrator refer to herself and her fellow protestors as “upstarts,” which just seemed like such a lighthearted way to think of herself, especially considering that these protestors had just spent three days getting pummeled in the streets. That’s the way I felt when I was younger, too. I might know a little more about politics than I did back then, but at the end of the day politicians are still just ludicrous idiots. You kind of know that in a primal way when you are 16 or 17, then you come around to your mid-40s and realize that nothing much has changed, despite your understanding of it. “These guys are pricks.”
Stereogum, December 2012