November 25, 2022

Andy Rourke went on to play in a bunch of different bands after The Smiths broke up in 1987, his most up-to-date of which being Blitz Vega with former Blissful Mondays guitarist Kav Blaggers. The duo have a single out now known as “Robust Ceaselessly,” which options licks from fellow ex-Smith Johnny Marr, marking the primary new music they’ve recorded collectively in 35 years.

“Robust Ceaselessly” is ready to seem on Blitz Vega’s upcoming album, and as Rourke instructed Rolling Stone, it was initially recorded with then-Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan for a UN/UK soccer anti-discrimination/anti-bullying marketing campaign. That plan fell by when Meighan plead responsible to home violence in 2020.

However Rourke wasn’t fairly able to trash the tune fully: Blaggers changed Meighan’s vocals, and Rourke determined to name up an outdated pal to contribute as effectively. “I wished precisely what Johnny does,” Rourke instructed RS. “He has a really distinctive sound, and that’s what he did. We love what he dropped at the observe.”

Blaggers added: “Andy calls me [one day], and he says Johnny mentioned he’ll report some guitar on the observe… I used to be like, ‘What? Johnny? Johnny Marr?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah,’ in his laidback however very Mancunian means.”

So, there you have got it. “Robust Ceaselessly” does type of really feel like a tune you’d hear enjoying by the audio system at a soccer stadium — particularly with a refrain that goes “We’ve acquired the love, we’ve acquired the facility/ We’re in it collectively, keep robust without end” — however you’ll be able to positively detect Marr and Rourke’s contributions. And, regardless of the circumstances, it’s all the time good to see them getting alongside. Take heed to “Robust Ceaselessly” under.

Marr made a uncommon onstage look with Rourke simply final month whereas the previous was touring with The Killers. The pair performed Smiths classics “There Is a Mild That By no means Goes Out” and “How Quickly Is Now?” collectively, and Marr additionally joined The Killers for one more rendition of “This Charming Man” collectively.

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