New Music Monday: Travis

In my teens and early twenties I listened to three types of music: gangsta rap, electronic and music from the United Kingdom. During this time period, I was introduced to the band Travis through their song and probably biggest hit in the US, the song “Why Does It Always Rain on Me?” from the album The Man Who. Travis, a four piece band from Scotland is fronted by lead singer, Fran Healy and features Andy Dunlop on guitar, Dougie Payne on bass, and Neil Primrose on drums. In total, Travis has released 6 albums, with their 7th to drop in early August. This album, Where You Stand has already had two singles released, including “Moving” which debuted today.

Some credit Travis with the popularity of bands like Coldplay and Keane who are fellow post-britpop acts. I personally prefer the introspection of Healy’s lyrics to both Coldplay and Keane, and am very excited that they have new music for the first time in almost 5 years.

Travis will be headlining a limited US tour this fall. I am hoping I can see them at their closest show in LA. I had the pleasure of seeing them perform on their Ode to J. Smith tour here in Las Vegas and saw Fran Healy perform songs from his solo release and Travis releases when he opened for Keane in 2010. The show I saw in 2009 is among my top 3 concerts of all time. The band does a great job engaging the audience and you can see that they really enjoy what they do. Fran has to be one of the most humble lead singers of any group, and at times seems like an odd choice for the front man of a band. However, as soon as he starts singing, you immediately know why he is where he is.

Enjoy “Moving” the 2nd single from their album to be released in August 2013.

You will like them if you like: Coldplay, The Fray, Keane.

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3 thoughts on “New Music Monday: Travis

  1. Turns out, I don’t appreciate their old hits (which is all that Spotify has available) as much as I liked this song (“Moving”)
    That video is ridiculous! hahaha “i can see your breath! it’s singing along with me” oh man.

  2. I am bummed you don’t like their older stuff. I am not a huge fan of their first record, but their second record, The Man Who, is probably a top 5 record of all time for me, easily in the top 10.

  3. Try Fran’s solo stuff…this video is pretty amazing for the song “Buttercups” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSRpATc0lz0

    Fran also co-wrote “Here with Me” with Brandon Flowers from the Killers off of the Battle Born record. All the bands I like have a 5 degrees or less of separation….Fran also opened for Brandon Flowers on his solo tour…I really wanted to go to that show, but we were out of town or something when Flowers did his Vegas show.

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