Along with Oasis and Blur, they were once the great hope of Brit-Pop. The Scottish band Travis convinced apart from the loud din between the two big English bands with melancholy melodies that amazed the crowd. While Oasis and Blur fought mud for the throne, Travis quietly sneaked up from behind and conquered both the charts and the fans. Those moments of the concerts are unforgettable when the band intoned a song in the encore block without any amplifiers or microphones and caused astonishment. In 2020 Travis celebrated a comeback put all their strengths in these 10 new songs, so you can feel the vibe.
A Trip Back In Time
The album title 10 Songs already indicates the good old days. After all, the band has built an authentic tradition for simple album titles. They lined up 10 songs to older albums like 12 Memories, The Invisible Band and Ode To J. Smith. Travis has not changed in terms of personnel either. The members who played their hit Why Does It Always Rain On Me? More than two decades ago, they are still operating here. Musically, the Scots have also remained faithful to each other.
The catchy melodies are embedded in a flattering guitar sound to accompany the piano. To add to the nostalgia factor, the group even brought in Susanna Hoffs from the Bangles. Together with singer Fran Healy, she sings the song The Only Thing in a duet. The songs revolve around the eternal theme of love. While everything changed in 2020, Travis remains true to themselves and their music. The four and a half years since the last work, they passed quickly. It feels like the band’s last convincing album was a long time ago. Now the Scots are back on those melancholy song pearls that made them great. These help over a difficult time.
Quiet And Respectful
For the first time since the extraordinary album 12 Memories from 2003, singer Fran Healy has again taken responsibility for all the songs on the record. When listening, the fan immediately feels at home too. As hoped, the opening song breathes the heaviness for which fans at a young age love Travis. Like the whole record, the sound remains somewhat worn. Healy and Co break out of this pattern only once and pick up the pace a little. That also corresponds to the singer’s approach to his songwriting.
He once referred to his songs as ideas that flutter around. To capture this, he has to be very quiet, respectful and fast. It is a matter of briefly capturing these ideas, looking at them and re-releasing them. That is the only way to get his numbers. It is also about these developments in life. The meeting and letting go of people and things are also the main component of his texts. After 25 years of band history, he still seems to be able to do this effortlessly. The great melodies make the sound of the Scots unmistakable. These saved Travis from disappearing into insignificance. The songs will immediately develop their sing-along potential. Travis’ music is the soundtrack for the walk-in life.