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23 September 2010

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Peaches and Gladly

7 April 2014

This news shook me. To lose your kid so young and for her kids to lose their mum so young and for the kids dad to lose his wife and reading about Paula Yates again and the loss her kids must have felt when she died… god!!

Later today I found out on twitter an old time Travis boardie, Gladlythecrosseyedbear collapsed and died at work today. He was 42 I think. Damn shame. Prayers in your direction Gladly.

 

 

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Landing

1 April 2014

I was in Tokyo last night. I am home now. Awake. It’s nice to be back. Berlin is still tonight/this morning. No wind. No noise. Just the ringing in my ears from our shows in Seoul, Osaka and Tokyo which were fab. Now it’s time to write. We have given ourselves a deadline of July. Work has already started. Trying to find first gear was hard. Always. Just before we left last week I found it. Finding first gear is always awful. It’s not so nice when all the melodies that come out are shit but it’s the only way. Sit down and do it. Or not do it. Read something. Watch a movie. Look out of the window. Listen to the radio. My new room is cool. I moved in at the end of January. I have my piano finally (it was at Nigel’s studio since we came to Berlin) and a place I can make noise without being heard. At least I think I can’t be heard. We went to LA just after this so I didn’t get a good run at it. Then there were afew other distractions. Then Clay turned 8. Was a cool birthday. Our lovely boy. His drawings are brilliant. Look!

 

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He has a really sure line. No rulers! Anyways… it’s amazing to see his abilities emerge. Parenthood is a cool trip!

So.

Now.

Wish me luck in my room. I will write here from time to time.

x

 

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Bullet

29 March 2014

tokyo

We arrived in Tokyo by Bullet Train yesterday. Claes and I made a pilgrimage to the famous Five G Synth Store in Harajuku. I wanted to buy something but the guy there was not so helpful. Maybe it was the beard… In any case we wandered around, stopping off at Kiddy Lando before hailing a Tokyo Cab back to the hotel.
Tokyo is a powerhaus of a city. We have been coming here for many years now… Our first trip over here was I think in 2000… It was pre 911 definitely. God 911 was such a huge pivotal global moment… I just watched a film called Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close which centres on a young boy’s journey to come to terms with the loss of his dad who died in one of the buildings. Travis played in NY a couple of months later. It was a night I will never forget and still to this day, people I meet who attended that show talk of it not like you talk about most shows… Radio City that night was full of New Yorkers who hadn’t been out since it happened, and for me, the feeling was unlike anything I ever felt or have felt since. Being the singer, alot of the focus is on you, so you generally get quite a rush when doing shows from all of the happiness pointing at you but that night I felt this massive, glacial, invisible release of sadness from the room mixed in with this positive thing music and singing does and it was such a mindbending experience for everyone there. The city felt like a gigantic PAUSE button had been pressed. It took ages for this to pass.
Anyways I digress. God I haven’t slept since 1am. Jet lag has whacked me once again. I will try an hour before we leave for the show.

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FILMING DOUGIE IS HARD!

3 March 2013

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NORWAY

27 July 2012

I was on the plane today, heading for Oslo and a weekend of festivals, the first one called Trollrock and the second Sommerfesten which I attended last year. I can’t fathom how quickly time has moved. It’s been a whole year since we hung out on Giske and had fun with all of our great friends. This time though the trip is not a solo affair. This year the rest of the band are here too. We just spent a week in New York in a room bashing song ideas into shape. I think we have a record. Some lyrics need completing and a few middle 8′s but it’s pretty much there so it’s good to be coming here so soon after.

 

We all met at Oslo airport and got in a little transit van driving for 3 or so hours through some beautiful scenery, sun setting slowly over mountains, reflecting on fjord. I listened to Scott Walker – Scott 2 and reviewed the new Travis songs recorded on a single mic in the room we were in. They sound great. Dougie has written a couple of gems and Andy too. We are planning to return to Giske in October to record the as yet untitled 7th album. More about that later.

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The Kids Are Alright

2 June 2012

I’m playing a show for Clay’s school on the 10th of June. Click the poster to buy tickets and support an uber Schüüülahhh

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TRAVIS 2012

12 February 2012

Just spent the past week at the bottom of England at the studio of one Tim Rice Oxley of a band called Keane. It was a heady week. Much music played. Much wine drunk. We even sojourned to the infamous Beachy Head where many people take there own lives each year. While there we noticed some mobile clergy in a cool marked for business priest auto. They patrol the area looking for potential suiciders. Lots of little memorials there right at the edge of the country. Here is a pic of us in a classic band pose. That’s the thing with bands. If you are in one long enough, you naturally compose yourself so even casual shots look like Anton Corbijn himself has shot them…

 

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A CHRONOLOGICAL ACOUSTICAL JOURNEY LIVE NOW

26 December 2011

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TRAVIS LIVE SHOW MOVIE

18 December 2011

Hey all, If you come to www.travisonline.com on the 26th of December, (Boxing Day) and follow the magic link, you’ll be able to watch the show Andy and I did at Joes Pub at the end of our tour across america in 2009. It’s FREE so tell your mamas and papas and friends and family and tweet the hell out of it and all the things we modern apes like to do. It was directed by Josh Miller and shot on the last night of the tour. x fran x

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BEACH BOYS OUT TAKE

17 December 2011

Just found this in a giant folder of old rough take CD’s

Please forgive the F bomb

OUT TAKE FROM MAN WHO SESSION

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