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"I got fed up jumping around like an idiot," a mellower Fran Healy tells NME...

Travis release their second album on May 22 through Independiente – and frontman Fran Healy has told NME the album is a lot mellower than their last.

“I’m fed up jumping about the stage like an idiot,” he said. “I want to play my instrument a bit better. This is a mellow album, the first album was one you could go out to. This one is an album you can stay in to. You can do your dishes to it, you can do your homework to it.”

One track, ‘Village Man’, is the antithesis of ‘All I Want Do Is Rock’ (Travis‘ first single), with a first line of, “I don’t want to rock, baby don’t want to rock”.

‘Writing To Reach You’, released on March 1, will be the first single from the still-untitled follow-up to September ’97’s ‘Good Feeling’.

Released on two CDs, it features four new songs, ‘Green Behind The Ears’, ‘Only Molly Knows, ‘Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’ and ‘High As A Kite’.

Another possible single is ‘Flowers In The Window’, described by Fran as “a really happy track, a total killer”.

Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and Mike Hedges, who produced ‘Everything Must Go’ for the Manic Street Preachers, both worked on the album.

Former Art Of Noise collaborator Anne Dudley, who provided string arrangements for Travis‘ last single, ‘More Than Us’, in 1998, turns up on a new track called ‘Luv’. The band also confirmed that they would be playing Glastonbury and touring around the time of the album’s release.