Posts Tagged ‘Travis’

In another frontman-gone-solo move, Fran Healy of Scottish band Travis, has finally released his first solo effort today titled Wreckorder. The album keeps the Travis  influence throughout with a good balance of what the albums The Invisible Band and Ode to J. Smith offered.  There’s no real departure or experimenting of other genres with this album, but Healy is smart enough to understand that his audience wouldn’t want or care for a new direction.  In some ways, it falls darker than what we’re used to from Travis, but that’s what makes the entire album great.  Surprisingly one of the darker songs is “As It Comes”, his collaboration with Paul McCartney (who managed to persuade Healy to become a vegetarian during the recording process of the song).  Neko Case also offers vocals on “Sing Me To Sleep”.

The new video for the first single, “Buttercups”, takes us through Healy’s relationship timeline – the good, bad, and the ugly – and that’s something he’s always loved to share with us  – solo or not.



The frontman for my favorite band ever, Travis, will be treating NY and LA fans to a very special acoustic set.  Fran Healy will visit NY on November 6th – presale tix for the Joe’s Pub gig are on sale now.

Here’s the message from

An Evening With Fran Healy & Andy Dunlop

A Chronological Acoustical Journey Through The Travis Back Catalogue.

For our fans in NY and LA, or those who want to travel to NY and LA, here’s a chance to get your tickets before they go on sale to the rest of the world the weekend of July 31st:

Friday, October 9, 2009
Largo at the Coronet, Los Angeles, CA:

Pre-sale Tickets

Tickets for this can only be purchased over the phone or in person at their Box Office. Call 310-855-0350 and mention the codeword “Luv” or go to Largo’s Box Office Mondays, Wednesday or Friday from 2-6PM.

Friday, November 6, 2009
Joe’s Pub, New York, NY

Pre-sale Tickets

See you on the road — Fran & Andy

There’s only a few bands that can lyrically pose the saddest times (heartbreak, loneliness, mourning) into a song that actually leaves you content right when you hear the final note. The morbid words definitely stick, but the melody and arrangement happen to leave you with a sense of optimism or closure.

That’s always been Travis’ shtick.

This Glasgow band can even take the happier times (i.e. “My Eyes” and “Flowers in the Window”) and make them feel like it took a lot of growing pains and sad experiences before reaching a point in life that feels just right.  On Saturday night, April 25th, at Webster Hall, Travis gave a setlist that touched on many emotions, making it clear that it takes a certain gift to have the audience sing along to every chorus of every song, past and present (despite being a band that faded out of mainstream Brit pop after 2001’s “Sing” and “Side”).


Fran Healy carries the charm of the band.  From jumping off stage to walk through the audience during a down-tempo acoustic track (“Falling Down”), to churning out his traditional belts in each song, he’s what’s inspired the Chris Martin’s of the world to venture into this kind of melancholy genre (Coldplay, Keane, Snow Patrol).  Even without a spot on Billboard or a chance at radio airplay, Travis has never been one to compromise their sound.  That’s one of many things that makes this band pretty damn timeless.


2009 Setlist: Webster Hall NYC, April 25, 2009

Chinese Blues

Writing to Reach You

J. Smith

Selfish Jean


Something Anything

Long Way Down

Love Will Come Through




Eyes Wide Open

Falling Down


All I Wanna Do is Rock

Before You Were Young



New Amsterdam

Ring the Bell (sung by Dougie Payne)

My Eyes

Why Does it Always Rain on Me?

Flowers in the Window