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Travis Make New "Memories"

October release set for new album, tour to follow

September 5, 2003 12:00 AM ET

Scottish rock combo Travis' fourth album, 12 Memories, is slated for an October 14th release, two years after their last batch of new songs, The Invisible Band.

The eleven-track album was recorded in the band's native Scotland earlier this year and mixed by engineer Tchad Blake (Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits) at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Wiltshire, England.

Memories' first single, "Re-Offender," addresses the issue of domestic violence. The band shot a video in Glasgow with photographer/director Anton Corbijn, which can be viewed at travisonline.com.

Track list for 12 Memories:
Quicksand
The Beautiful Occupation
Re-Offender
Peace the Fuck Out
How Many Hearts
Paperclips
Somewhere Else
Love Will Come Through
Mid-life Krysis
Happy to Hang Around
Walking Down the Hill

Travis tour dates:
10/21-22: New York, Beacon Theater
10/23: Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
10/25: Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theater
10/26: Boston, Orpheum Theater
10/28: Chicago, Riviera Theater
10/29: Detroit, State Theater
10/31: Toronto, Hummingbird Center

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