Travis Show Where They Stand With Stunning Yahoo Music Performance

Video Still
November 8, 2013 5:25 PM ET

It's hard to believe that Travis's breakthrough sophomore album, The Man Who, came out almost a decade and a half ago. It's even harder to imagine that at the time, NME said releasing the mellow, introspective album would be "career suicide" for the Scottish band, whose full-length debut Good Feeling had been much more rambunctious. The Man Who just didn't sound like the Travis fans had known, and it didn't sound anything else out at the time.

Yet The Man Who went on to basically to set the template for the British adult-alternative mini-invasion of the early 2000s; acts like Keane, Snow Patrol, and even Coldplay owe a debt of gratitude to Travis for opening doors for them, on both sides of the pond.

Fourteen years and five more excellent albums later, Travis find themselves once again out of step with the times. Having taken a five-year hiatus between the recently released Where You Stand and their last long-player, Ode to J. Smith, they exist now in a market where, with a couple exceptions, guitar bands are sadly unfashionable. But the title of Travis's new album, the first issued on their own record label, Red Telephone Box, says it all: Travis know who they are, and they know where they stand. They're still making timeless (not trendy) music, and it's great to have them back.

Travis's Fran Healy, Andy Dunlop, Dougie Payne, and Neil Primrose recently came by Yahoo Music to play songs from Where You Stand along with one The Man Who classic, "Writing to Reach You," then sat down with us to reflect on their long and iconoclastic career. Let's hope they don't wait another five years between albums.

Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Amazon, Tumblr

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Yahoo Maximum Performance Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“I Was Made to Love Her”

Stevie Wonder | 1967

Stevie Wonder discovered true love while still a teenager, writing this ode to young love when he was only 17. The song, Wonder explained, "kind of speaks of my first love, to a girl named Angie, who was a very beautiful woman. She's married now. Actually, she was my third girlfriend but my first love. I used to call Angie up and we would talk and say, 'I love you, I love you,' and we'd talk and we'd both go to sleep on the phone.” The Beach Boys, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston and Boyz II Men have all recorded versions of "I Was Made to Love Her."

More Song Stories entries »