|The one-time invisible band - Travis return after an absence of some two years with their fourth LP 12 Memories on October 13th. |
12 Memories is Travis at their most powerful, poignant and effecting. It is an album that sees Travis explore lyrically darker themes the forthcoming single Re-Offender, released September 29th, tackles the hidden crime of domestic violence. Musically, too, there is a sea change: Travis have rediscovered a spirit of adventure and set sail on courses new. This is a far edgier and brooding set of songs than anything that has gone before. Yet, Travis still possess an eloquence and an ear to a fine tune.
As Fran points out In the past Nora, my fiance, inspired a lot of the songs about love. But were solid now so I felt it I could move on. September 11 was the start of something. I can now see how fragile the world is.
12 Memories is the Travis album that almost never was. Just over a year ago drummer Neil Primrose sustained a spinal injury. Medical opinion was that Neil would be unlikely to walk again. For Fran, Dougie and Andy, there were no ifs or buts about it. No Neil. No Travis. They subsequently cancelled all plans.
Three weeks on from that accident, Neil was sitting at his drum-kit. It was not a Lazarus-like resurrection but given time Neil was going to recover as long as he took it easy. While he recuperated, the band took six months off. This was their first true break since 1999, when The Man Who went supernova (and multi-platinum).
We hadnt anticipated the success of The Man Who and by the time of The Invisible Band little cracks were beginning to appear, explains Fran. Suddenly we werent this little band in Glasgow any more. We desperately needed to take a step