“It’s autobiographical,” Johnny Marr tells NME Magazine. “It’s about reconnecting with the feelings I had growing up, the ones that shape you. It was the last thing I did for the record (‘The Messenger’), and I wanted something with a dreamy aspect, because the rest of the record is so banging. It reminded me of the hazy summer morning at 15 when I decided to not ever go back to school.”
And who can argue with the man himself? ‘New Town Velocity’ is a reflection. There are tinges of sadness as Marr looks back at his childhood, but also relief. It reintroduces the reality of modern life, expressed so well by The Smiths back in the ‘80s, and it’s not only the most meaningful and heartfelt track on his debut solo album, but possibly the finest.