Live: Travis at Koko in London – 20th March 2007

By on Saturday, 24th March 2007 at 9:16 pm
 

Fran HealyFran Healy was in high spirits when Travis rolled into London for the second night of their brief four night tour of the UK. “Travis – Swingers! Keys in the jar… there’s a world exclusive for you all right there!” he joked, in his lilting Glaswegian accent after struggling to find the right key on his guitar, another appalling joke. This was the last of several bits of amusing banter with the crowd – covering topics as diverse as “firing blanks” and the Sweedish. Underneath it all though, Travis are just glad to be back after 18 months off with a new record that is going to be one of their best – and they know it.

Support more than ably came from Londoners Brinkman. Unknown to much of the audience at the start of their set, by the end they’d won the hearts and minds of everyone with their memorable, radio-friendly songs. Unassuming, uncomplicated they quietly took to the stage, and quickly worked their way through their singles and demos. Highlight was their single ‘I Wish’, a story of regrets and wanting to turn the clocks back, which has the opportunity to really grow over their tours with Travis (Brinkman are also supporting Travis on their May tour).

Finally the moment the crowd had been waiting for arrived: the lights dimmed and for the first time in 18 months Travis bounded on stage. Since their last memorable appearance at Live8 in London’s Hyde Park, they’ve fathered children (Dougie and Fran) and rejuvenated their sound, going back to their roots and making memorable singles. Their last album 12 memories wasn’t the expected hit commercially, or with the fans: only one song made the cut in the set (‘Love Will Come Through’).

Fran Andy and NeilPreviewing their new album we hear a return to the summery approach liked so much on ‘The Invisible Band’. This is particularly clear in ‘My Eyes’, a song Fran wrote the day after he found out he was going to become a Dad, and has echoes of ‘Flowers in the Window’. New single ‘Closer’ was treated with the same respect as old favourites such as ‘Writing To Reach You’ and ‘Pipe Dreams’, and sung along with almost everyone knowing the words even though it’s not available yet to (legally) download.

After having their time off all the band members seemed to gel even better than before: Dougie calmly commanding his bass, pleasing his legions of female fans in front of him with silly faces and fancy poses. Andy went for an excursion on the speaker stack above us, whilst Neil calmly carried on holding the whole thing together. Fran seemed to have verbal diarrhea, which provided a source of amusement for the evening with his off-piste comments.

Closing off the evening with “their song about the weather”, ‘Why Does It Always Rain on Me?’ the whole audience were visibly bouncing, relieved that Travis have made another quality album and are back to being on top form.

After the Jump: Four videos, and a selection of the (quality) pictures.

Brinkman - Travis

Brinkman - Travis

Fran Healy

Fran Andy and Neil

Fran Healy

Dougie

Dougie

Andy

Andy goes Climbing…

Koko illuminated by the disco ball

And then some pictures…

Pipe Dreams

Good Feeling

My Eyes

Why Does It Always Rain On Me?

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