Story: Jack Foley
TRAVIS have plenty to celebrate. In 1996, Independiente signed
a young band from Glasgow called Travis on the strength of some
demos and a limited edition single release on the band’s
Eight years on and Travis have amassed four top 10 albums (including
two number one albums), 15 top 40 hits, three Brit Awards, an
Ivor Novello, made headlining appearances at Glastonbury, Reading,
T In The Park and V Festivals, won numerous plaudits, triumphed
over adversity in the wake of Neil Primrose’s near fatal
accident and sold over four million albums in the UK.
And celebrating is just what Travis intend to do with the release
of Travis: Singles, a collection of all their singles
to date, plus an accompanying DVD, both set for release on November
Travis: Singles bookmarks the end of one era and the
start of another for one of the UK’s most popular bands.
t’s been a remarkable journey so far and one in which Travis
have never lost touch with their audience.
From the release of debut single, All I Want To Do Is Rock,
via top ten hits Why Does It Always Rain On Me?, Turn, Coming
Around and Sing, through to Re-Offender,
the band has consistently engaged with their public and not surprisingly,
are widely regarded as Everyman’s band.
The album features a recently recorded
brand new track, Walking In The Sun, a slice of breezy
melodic pop and Travis at their best.
The track was produced and mixed by long-time collaborators,
Mike Hedges and Nigel Godrich, and will be released as a single
in advance of the album on October 18.
The full track listing for the album is as follows:
Writing To Reach You
Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
Walking In The Sun
Tied To The 90’s
Flowers In The Window
Love Will Come Through
More Than Us
All I Want To Do Is Rock
The Beautiful Occupation
The accompanying DVD is another must for Travis fans.
In addition to all the band’s videos to date, shown in
chronological order, it also features previously unseen footage,
'the making of' several of their best videos and special one off
performances from throughout the band’s career.
The home video footage features personal moments, including;
the final recording stages of debut album, Good Feeling;
Dougie impersonating Richard Ashcroft; some impressive fretwork
from Andy and an amusing guided tour of Abbey Road studios from
Messrs Healy and Payne.
Stand out live performances include Why Does It Always Rain
On Me?, from their headline Glastonbury show in 2000; The
Beautiful Occupation from the 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards,
and Fran and Dougie’s spellbinding rendition of Hit
Me Baby One More Time, from VH1’s Storytellers.
Travis are currently back in the studio working on their fifth
album, the follow up to 12
Memories, due for release next year.