Monday, June 30, 2008

Ode to Travis

This is the cover of Travis's new EP J. Smith, artwork done by Fran Healy. I have had their new song J Smith for a little while now but I just went and purchased the songs on the EP today. I have to say I am very excited for the whole album. The song I added to my playlist is J. Smith and if anyone is interested in reading some of the history of the song you can go here to read Fran's blog.

Here are a few highlights: " Dougie then picked up the bass line like he'd been practicing it all week yet he hadn't heard this ever. It was weird. With the bass and drums locked in, the rest of the song began to roll out, lyrics and all. Andy arrived in the middle of this and casually switched his amp on and sat listening for a couple of minutes before doing his first screetch on guitar, kind of Jimmy Hendrix vibe, sparse then picking it up with some really gentle arrpegio to later unleash the beast that has been locked away since the solo of All I Want To Do Is Rock. "

"Such a lot happens in this song in a very short space of time. The main body of the song is 2 and a half minutes and the outro takes it to 3 minutes... and it leaves everyone that has heard it with the same puzzled face. Luke from the Kooks said it was mental. Paul McCartney said it sounded like nothing else we had done."

Just go to 1:40 how it builds until they top it off with the choir singing. I love it.

Just in case anyone wanted to hear these lovely chaps’ accents here they are guessing ringtones.


  1. since were probably never going to become rock stars i have been grooming brittany these last few years to realize her dream is to work with them in the music industry. shes our in connie. we'll marry muse and travis yet...

  2. I LOVE j.smith. It is a great song. - I just said that with a scottish accent.