TRAVIS RAIN SUPREME!

The Scottish popsters played three songs from their next album at the surprise show...

Travis debuted three new tracks when they played an impromptu rooftop gig in central London this afternoon (May 26).

The songs – ‘The Humpty Dumpty Love Song’, ‘Indefinitely’ and ‘Side’ – were in a brief set, part of which was broadcast live in the UK on BBC Radio 1‘s Jo Whiley show.

Opening the broadcast part of their set from Chez Gerard in Covent Garden with their anthem ‘Why Does it Always Rain On Me?’ – in a torrential downpour, of course – Travis then worked through ‘Turn’ and ‘Driftwood’. None of the new tracks,‘Slide Show’ and the group’s covers of Britney Spears’ ‘Baby One More Time’ and The Band’s ‘The Weight’ were aired to the nation.

Speaking after the gig to nme.com, Travis mainman Fran Healy confirmed that the new songs would definitely be on the band’s third album.

“They’ll be there,” he said. “I can’t wait to get back into the studio and start recording again. We’re going back to the US in September to go coast to coast from east to west. We’re going to end up in Las Vegas and get into a studio with Nigel [Godrich],” he revealed.

Healy, who with Travis has just completed a triumphant tour of the States with Oasis, said he was stunned by Noel Gallagher‘s walkout this week.

“I got back and heard the news and I was very surprised. I’ve no idea what was behind it. But they’re brothers, they have a very mercurial relationship. Like any brothers, I suppose.”

He said there was no sign of the split during the US leg of Oasis’ world tour.

Oasis were amazing at every show, they were getting incredible reactions. I watched every single Oasis show on the tour and they were getting better with each one. The new boys, Andy and Gem, just moved them up a notch – providing new angles.”

Healy also compared Travis current position to “being in the eye of a hurricane. Everything’s going off around you but it’s quite silent in the middle”.

He said the most thrilling part of receiving yesterday’s Ivor Novello Award for songwriter of the year was meeting Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and the Pet Shop Boys.