Fran Healy's legacy looked all but finished about five years ago as album number six stalled at #20 and ended Travis' enviable run of five straight successive Top 10 hits. "Ode to J.Smith" sold a fraction of their all-conquering, BRIT-thumping, platinum-award coveting opus from 1999.
In fact, to this day, tunes from "The Man Who" still permeate everyday life, albeit very occasionally. Switch on the TV during a property programme and "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?" soundtracks another couple viewing a run-down farmhouse in the wet Pennines. Gawp at a program about the Post Office's latest turmoil and you can bet "Writing to Reach You" will feature somewhere. Countryfile are bound to have used "Driftwood" at some point - in fact the Healy Effect can be felt quite often. They repeated the process with its follow-up "The Invisible Band" and so on and so on.
As the Coldplays, Keanes and Snow Patrols of this world continue to fill stadia the world over, Travis have quietly been prepping for their seventh studio album. "Where You Stand" will be issued sometime in August and sees the band returning to the spotlight for the first time in five years. To coincide with its release, the band will embark on a tour in the autumn, a couple of months after the album's release and high-profile shows at Sandown Park Racecourse in July and V Festival in August.
Stops already include Bristol, Dublin, Gateshead, London etc but, of course, Scotland is now about to become part of the family. New shows have been confirmed for Edinburgh on 17th November, followed by Inverness on the 18th and Aberdeen on the 19th.
Tickets are on sale [20/7/2013 09:00], priced from around £22.50.