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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.

source: billboard.biz

thanks to milos from Travis’ official messageboard

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