New Travis tracks

Britpopsters Travis are dropping a new album, The Boy With No Name on May 7. It’s their first since 2003’s 12 Memories and will be produced by Nigel Godrich, with some help from Brian Eno. Done and done, we’re already signed up to give it a listen. The band, which laid the foundation for all the current British bands you love to hate, see Coldplay, Keane, Snow Patrol, et. al., have released two videos for tracks off the album. Both sound like classic weepy pianos, falsettos and depressing guitar licks, with the ever up-lifting lyrics from Fran Healy.

Most of you probably jumped off the Travis boat after The Invisible Band, which was the apex of their popularity and hype, but 12 Memories had some great tunes on it and is worth checking out. Their production slowed down after drummer Neil Primrose broke his back in a pool accident and Fran took some time to start a family, from which the new album derives it’s name. Healy’s son didn’t have a name until several weeks after the birth. Either way this is good news for fans of Travis and sensitive dude rock in general.

If you’re in Europe they’ll be touring the Great Isles in May and June after playing some tunes at Coechella in April. Which of the tracks does anyone prefer?

Tour dates and videos after the jump.

Travis – “Big Chair”

Travis – “Closer” (with a Ben Stiller cameo)

Tour Dates:

May 15 – GRIMSBY
Auditorium / 0870 060 2331

May 16 ? DUNDEE
Caird Hall / 01382 434 940

May 17 ? GLASGOW
Barrowlands / 0870 169 0100

May 19 – ABERDEEN
Music Hall / 08700 600 100

May 21 ? NEWCASTLE
Academy / 0870 771 2000

May 22 ? MANCHESTER
Apollo / 0870 401 8000

May 23 ? BOURNEMOUTH
International Centre / 0870 111 3000

May 25 ? BIRMINGHAM
Academy / 0870 771 2000

May 26 ? PLYMOUTH
Pavilions / 0845 146 1460

May 27 ? READING
The Hexagon / 0118 960 6060

May 29 ? LONDON
Hammersmith Apollo / 0870 606 3400 / 020 7403 3331

June 08 ? THETFORD FOREST, Suffolk

June 10 ? BEDGEBURY PINETUM, Kent

June 23 ? DALBY FOREST, North York Moors

June 29 ? WESTONBIRT ARBORETUM, Gloucestershire

June 30 ? SHERWOOD PINES FOREST PARK, Nottinghamshire

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