Travis announce new LP, Where You Stand
Story by Jack Foley
TRAVIS, one of the UK’s best known bands, return after a five year hiatus with their seventh album Where You Stand, out on August 19 via their own re-launched label Red Telephone Box via Kobalt Label Services.
The Scottish band are joined by ‘Super Swede’ Michael Ilbert (The Hives, The Cardigans, The Wannadies) on production duties.
The album kicks into gear immediately with Mother and is soon followed by the jangling guitars and drums of the instantly anthemic Moving.
The first single is the LP title track Where You Stand.
Written and recorded across London, Norway, New York and taking in a production stint at Berlin’s legendary Hansa Studios (as enjoyed particularly by Bowie-fanatic Payne, who revelled in layering famous synthesisers of Low fame onto Different Room), the band ended up recording the songs on the same sound desk that produced both Ok Computer and their own breakthrough The Man Who.
“You stay away as long as it takes,” says bassist Dougie Payne on the band’s fallow period, “so you feel that hunger and desire to get back to it same as you did at the start.”
Travis are singer/guitarist Fran Healy, bassist Dougie Payne, guitarist Andy Dunlop and drummer Neil Primrose.