Story: Jack Foley
TRAVIS have announced that the second track from their highly-acclaimed
12 Memories album will
be The Beautiful Occupation.
According to the PR for the single, every period of social upheaval
gives birth to songs of discontent.
Some songs are crafted specifically as rallying cries to garner
support for a cause, or to broadcast a grievance. Traviss
new single is just such a song.
Written by Fran Healy as war with Iraq was becoming a real possibility,
and the crisis in the Middle East was escalating, The Beautiful
Occupation addresses Frans frustrations and concerns
with the turbulent times in which were living.
As he recalls: "September 11 was the start of something.
I can see how fragile the world is."
Effectively a peace anthem for modern times, an acoustic version
of the song originally appeared on Warchilds Hope
album earlier this year prior to being included on the bands
new album, 12 Memories, released in October.
The past year has been a period of reflection for Travis, as
evident from the songs on 12 Memories - their most poignant
and effecting work to date.
The enforced break following Neil Primroses accident gave
Travis both an opportunity to re-group and to reflect on the times
in which we live. The resulting songs explore lyrically darker
themes, a reaction to todays unstable social and political
The Beautiful Occupation will be released on 7 vinyl
and two cd singles.
Three exclusive new tracks, I Dont Mean To Get High,
Distraction and The Score are included across the formats.
Following their appearance at last weeks MTV Awards, Travis
head to Europe for the remaining dates on their current tour.
They return for a one-off sell out Christmas show at Londons
Alexandra Palace on December 20, with special guests Kings Of
The Beautiful Occupation is released through Independiente
on December 15.