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Along with Cast, Ocean Colour Scene, Kula Shaker, and Embrace, Travis were one of the most prominent British trad rock bands in the mid- to late '90s. Following Oasis' lead of crafting down-to-earth, heartfelt songs in the vein of classic British bands from the '60s, Travis were more successful and enduring than some of their peers due to their lively, impassioned songwriting and performances. They would go on influence a generation of bands, including Coldplay, Keane, and Snow Patrol. The group formed in Glasgow around 1990 as something of a lark for its members, singer/songwriter Francis Healy, guitarist Andy Dunlop, drummer Neil Primrose, and bassist Dougie Payne. After finishing their studies at art school a few years later, the foursome became more serious about Travis' potential and moved to London in 1996. Their self-released debut EP, All I Wanna Do Is Rock, came out in the fall of that year; with its earnest vocals and soaring guitars, it captured the spirit of British rock at the time, which was retreating from some of Brit-pop's artiness to a back-to-basics sound. Their second single, 1997's "U16 Girls," was released by Independiente Records, the new label headed by former Go! Discs director Andy MacDonald; a few months later, their critically acclaimed full-length debut, Good Feeling, arrived. Recorded in a matter of days with top producer Steve Lillywhite, the album included hit singles like "Happy" and "Tied to the '90s" and immediately entered the Top Ten of the U.K. charts. The following year, Travis began sessions with star producer Nigel Godrich for the follow-up to Good Feeling, recording in six studios in as many months. Though it was a slower, darker affair, when The Man Who appeared in 1999 it eclipsed Travis' previous successes, going platinum six times in the U.K. and spawning more hit singles such as "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" and "Writing to Reach You." Nominated Select Magazine's Album of the Year (and finishing in the Top Ten of many other publication's year-end lists), The Man Who appeared on U.S. shores in early 2000, just in time for a tour with their musical big brothers, Oasis. Debuting at the number one spot on the U.K. album chart, The Invisible Band was issued in June 2001 just prior to stateside summer gigs with Dido. Two years later, the band issued the thematically darker 12 Memories, which was loosely based on Healy's own struggles with depression. A singles collection followed in late 2004. Travis finally returned with an album of all-new material in the spring of 2007 entitled The Boy with No Name, whose arrival was announced by the release of the single "Closer." Travis opted for an edgier sound on Ode to J. Smith, which was released in early fall 2008 in the U.K. and later in the season in the U.S. Their seventh studio album, Where You Stand, was released in the summer of 2013, five years after Ode to J. Smith. The record was previewed with "Another Guy," which displayed a lo-fi, angular side to Travis. The band returned to the legendary Hansa Tonstudio (David Bowie, Depeche Mode, U2) in Berlin to record their eighth album, 2016's Everything at Once, which was preceded by the lead single of the same name in November 2015. ~ Heather Phares
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Albums by
Travis

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    11 songs

    On Air

    Where You Stand

    14 songs

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    Where You Stand

    11 songs

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    Ode to J. Smith

    12 songs

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    The Boy with No Name

    18 songs

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    Singles

    12 songs

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    12 Memories

    12 songs

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    The Invisible Band

    12 songs

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    The Invisible Band

    10 songs

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    The Man Who

    12 songs

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    Good Feeling

    10 songs

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    Everything at Once

    1 song

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    Radio Song

    1 song

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    Magnificent Time

    1 song

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    3 Miles High

    1 song

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    Everything at Once [Single]

    2 songs

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    Mother

    1 song

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    Moving

    1 song

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    Another Guy

    2 songs

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    Walking in the Sun

    2 songs

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    Re-Offender/Definition of Wrong

    2 songs

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    Re-Offender

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    Re-Offender [Australia CD]

    5 songs

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    Turn

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    Closer EP

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Top Songs by
Travis

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  2.   Why Does It Always Rain on Me?
  3.   Side
  4.   Writing to Reach You
  5.   My Eyes
  6.   Song to Self
  7.   Sing
  8.   Driftwood
  9.   River
  10.   Love Will Come Through
  11.   Out in Space
  12.   All I Want to Do Is Rock
  13.   Happy
  14.   Good Feeling
  15.   As You Are
  16.   Closer
  17.   Turn
  18.   Re-Offender
  19.   The Fear
  20.   Everything at Once
  21.   Something Anything
  22.   U16 Girls
  23.   Moving
  24.   Before You Were Young
  25.   Pipe Dreams
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