THE NOT-SO INVISIBLE BAND!

And the sensitive Scots are set to play UK dates later this year...

TRAVIS have almost finished their ‘different’ new album.

The Scots rockers began recording the follow-up to 2001’s ‘The Invisible Band’ after taking six months to allow drummer Neil Primrose to recuperate after damaging his back in a swimming pool accident. Now frontman Fran Healy has said the record is almost complete, and is expected to be released sometime in the autumn.

Healy told XFM: “We have been recording, and we’re confidently close to having a very cool record finished. Everyone that’s heard it says it sounds quite a bit ‘different’. I don’t think so, I think it still sounds like us, but then again you never really know how others hear you.”

He added: “I really don’t know when we’ll be playing live. I think there are gigs being booked at the moment, but you can expect us coming back around June or July time, and we’ll really start gunning it sometime in October.”

Travis will be playing a series of European and Japanese Festival shows this summer, and further dates are expected to be announced shortly.

The dates are:

Paleo Festival, Switzerland (July 25)

Summer Sonic Festival, Tokyo, Chiba Marine Stadium, Japan (August 2), Osaka, WTC Stadium, Japan (3)

Benicassim Festival, Spain (9)

Frequency Festival, Salzburg, Austria (14)

Healy and Travis guitarist Andy Dunlop recently ended their period of inactivity by recording a new song ‘The Beautiful Occupation’ for inclusion on the War Child ‘Hope’ album being released to help the child victims of the war in Iraq.