Things had been pretty quiet for the English band Travis after the release of their 2008 album, “Ode to J. Smith” and fans were starting to wonder about the future of the band. With frontman Fran Healy releasing a solo album back in 2010, and a couple sporadic festival dates in 2012, something big was needed from the band and quickly.
So, it was needless to say that fans of the band jumped all over the news that the band was finally releasing new material. Holing up this past winter in studios in Norway and Germany, the band released “Where You Stand” back in April. The album, which is the second album on their own Red Telephone Box imprint, features the brit-pop that listeners have come to love over the years on tracks like “Mother” and the title track. With Healy’s vocals and strong musicianship from the rest of the guys in the band, it’s easy to see that the band picks up like they didn’t miss a beat. It is vindication for the band, after the “Ode” record was not as well received as the band and their fans would have liked.
Travis finally gets back over to the States as whole for the first time in several years as they have just started a fall tour that takes them through an October 6th finale in San Diego, before heading off to Mexico and Europe. Detroit has always been a sizeable market for the band, and Travis makes sure to keep Detroit on the tour itinerary as they head to the Royal Oak Theatre on Thursday, September 26th. So, dust off the old Travis CD’s or track down the MP3’s you have of them to get you prepared for the return of Travis.
Travis play at the Royal Oak Theater on Thursday, September 26th. Tickets are $29.50 and are available at tickets.axs.com. Additional tour dates and band info can be found at www.travisonline.com.