THE INVISIBLE BLAND!

Bassist Dougie Payne admits the group were worried producer Nigel Godrich would bail out of working on 'The Invisible Band' "because we were so rubbish"...

TRAVIS bassist DOUGIE PAYNE has described the first recording sessions for ‘THE INVISIBLE BAND’ as “strange and frankly unpleasant.”

In the first instalment of his blow-by-blow diary chronicling the chart-topping album’s creation on the band’s official website, www.travisonline.com, he reveals that he and frontman Fran Healy found themselves in despair and “terrified” that producer Nigel Godrich would bail out on the recording “because we were so rubbish”.

He said: “By the fourth day, Franny and I were sitting in the car park of [Los Angeles studio] Ocean Way, heads in hands having a frank discussion about how shite we were.”

But he says the session turned around when “brave wee Franny armed only with his acoustic guitar marched into the studio” and started singing ‘The Cage’, which became the genesis of the album.

The diary, which will be posted in several parts on the site, also includes pictures from the webcam which was installed throughout the recording.

The band are set to preview their next single, the video and artwork on the site, and announce tour dates, “very soon”.

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