Archive for June, 2008


J. Smith EP Out Now!

June 30, 2008

Travis new release, the J. Smith EP is out now in limited edition 10″ vinyl
and digital download formats.

a gritty but ambitious track that take the rock operas of The Who as a starting point, with a slight detour to include the choir from Bowie’s Velvet Goldmine….bodes well for new LP Ode To J Smith.” – The News of the World.

Echoing the Eighties rock sound of the Police, the title track from Travis’ album Ode to J Smith is taken to epic levels by masterful guitar and a Latin choir” – The Observer

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Please welcome… J Smith

June 28, 2008

Fran posted this message on Travis’ myspace.

Hello there.
I was sitting in our hotel today and thought
“Why don’t we put up the new song”.
It’s out Monday.
It’d be nice for y’all to hear it.
So… please welcome… J Smith.

Visit to listen to the new song.


Ode To J. Smith release date: 29th September

June 27, 2008

Travis Returns With ‘Ode’, New Label Deal
By Lars Brandle, London

Scottish melodic rock quartet Travis is lining up a late September release for their sixth studio album, which will arrive through the resuscitated Red Telephone Box label.

The new album, “Ode To J Smith,” will land on September 29, thanks to a new label and distribution agreement struck with Integral, a division of [PIAS] UK.

A limited edition 10″ vinyl recording of three new tracks will arrive this Monday (June 30). Those songs will also appear for sale on most legitimate download services. Fans who pre-order the EP on the band’s official Web site will receive a signed copy and the digital bundle for £3.99 ($7.80). A commercial single release will street on Sept. 18.

The new deal with Integral and the revival of Red Telephone Box marks the conclusion of the band’s fruitful collaboration with Independiente, through which Travis’s five albums sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, according to the group’s management.

Red Telephone Box was originally launched in 1996 to release Travis’ debut 10″ EP, “All I Want To Do Is Rock”. The following year, they signed with Independiente. Their most recent album, “The Boy With No Name,” opened at No. 4 in the United Kingdom following its release in May 2007, selling 36,000 copies in its first week, according to the Official U.K. Charts Company.

“This arrangement,” comments the band’s manager Ian McAndrew, of Wildlife Entertainment, “allows Travis to retain full creative control of their music and affords us the full support of the Integral team to assist in the running of the label.” Talks are ongoing to license the album abroad.

Integral specialises in providing services to record labels, artists and artist managers who want to independently release music both physically and digitally.

The firm will provide support and infrastructure to Red Telephone Box and will work closely with the band and their management to take full advantage of revenue-spinning opportunities.


thanks to milos from Travis’ official messageboard


Pre-order the J. Smith EP

June 25, 2008

Travis are back with a new release on their own label, the J. Smith EP. Available in limited edition 10″ vinyl and digital download formats.

The three track EP will be released on Red Telephone Box, the label on which Travis released their debut EP, All I Want To Do Is Rock, in 1996. Fran, who turned designer for their debut, has once again provided the artwork. The EP will available for download and on limited edition 10” vinyl, while stocks last.

Produced by Emery Dobyns (Antony & The Johnsons, Patti Smith, Battles), the three songs were recorded in London’s Rak Studios and mixed in New York at Electric Lady Studios. The EP kicks off with J Smith, the title track from the forthcoming album Ode To J Smith, described by Fran as a 3 minute rock opera, and enlists the talents of The Crouch End Festival Chorus to add some epic scale to Travis’s rockiest outing since their debut EP All I Want To Do Is Rock. Also included are Get Up and Sarah, the latter being unavailable elsewhere.

All fans who buy from the link below will be able to purchase the 10″ for £3.49 or an exclusive bundle of the 3 track digital download and a signed copy of the 10″ vinyl for only £3.99. This pre-order is available now at:

The album Ode to J Smith is now complete and scheduled for release in the autumn. Details will be announced shortly.

Travis are touring throughout the Summer playing a mix of festivals and their own headline shows, for full details please visit our Live Dates section at the site.