TRAVIS REVEAL ‘MEMORIES’

While The Coral play a new song, Beck goes pop and The Raveonettes have all sorts of problems at the Spanish festival...

TRAVIS gave fans four glimpses of their new album ’12 MEMORIES’ yesterday, playing four new songs on the second night (August 9) of the FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE BENICASSIM.

The band performed ‘Beautiful Occupation’, future single ‘Re-Offender’, and ‘How Many Hearts’ before singer Fran Healy revealed the inspiration behind the political ‘Peace The Fuck Out’ to 30,000 people.

“This is a song born out of anger and frustration at our leaders,” he said. “I don’t want to go to war and I don’t think I’m the only fucking person to think that.”

‘Sing’, ‘Writing To Reach You’, ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me?’, and ‘Turn’ were also played.

Speaking backstage, Healy told NME.COM: “This festival is a nice way to get the whole thing going and moving again. The people here are amazing.”

He added: “The last time we played here none of our equipment worked and it was the worst show we ever performed.”

Refering to drummer Neil Primrose’s swimming pool accident last year which nearly left him paralysed, Healy said: “Now Travis are at the best possible place we can be – we have our drummer back, and a great album to take out to the world.”

Beck headlined the main stage last night and treated the audience to an unexpected mix of current hip hop and chart favourites.

In possibly the most bizarre collection of tracks the festival has ever seen, the singer/songwriter merged Nelly’s ‘Hot In Herre’ with Beyonce’s Number One smash ‘Crazy in Love’. He then pulled into the mix Justin Timberlake’s ‘Rock Your Body’ before closing the song with TATU’s ‘Not Gonna Get Us’, underpinned with the bassline from Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’.

The Coral – fresh from the Number One success of their album ‘Magic and Medicine’ – debuted a brand new song during their set, ‘Sorrow For The Sun’, written just a week before Benicassim.

Keyboardist Nick Power simply described the gig as “sound.”

Like Travis in 1999, Danish duo The Raveonettes also experienced technical difficulties during their set.

Singer Sune Rose Wagner, also speaking to NME.COM, said: “It was unbelievable… a load of white noise was coming through the speakers, which was really distracting. I was trying to tell the sound guy but he didn’t speak any English. There is a lot of white noise in our records, but I think he brought his own!”

He added: “The crowd were really great. They were really good and responsive and there was a lot of fucking people out there!”