Ex The Czars frontman/songwriter John Grant releases I Wanna Go To Marz, this is the first track from his debut solo album Queen Of Denmark although each song on the album was written by Grant it was recorded with the help of Denton, Texas' five piece Midlake. Mojo magazine gave the debut huge praise by labeling it as an 'Instant Classic', an accolade that in recent times was achieved by albums from Joanna Newsom and Fleet Foxes.
John had this to say about the track: 'Marz was a sweet shop from my childhood. It's now empty and for sale. But I got to visit before hand, and the woman who served me as a child was still there. They still made all their own candies and ice cream. In the song, I list all the names of the sundaes, and drinks like Green River. The song is about the gateway back to childhood and innocence, before things have become complicated.'
John Grant is set to pay a short visit to the UK in June where he will be supporting Midlake on their UK tour; he is also booked to play Latitude Festival.
The video for I Wanna Go To Marz was shot and directed by Casey Raymond and Ewan Jones Morris.
Tuesday 8 June - London - Jazz Caf' (Mojo Honours List Show - o12.50)
Monday 28 June - Liverpool - Academy (Supporting Midlake)
Tuesday 29 June - Sheffield - Leadmill (Supporting Midlake)
Wednesday 30 June - Portsmouth - Pyramids (Supporting Midlake)
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