MP3: Travis – “J. Smith” from Ode to J. Smith, due November 4 on Red Telephone Box. Gosh, remember Travis? Five years ago, Johnny Loftus kicked off his piece covering the band’s Detroit stop with the quote: “Travis is so 2002.” That was the tour promoting 12 Memories, an album that Amazon currently boasts 82 … Continue reading Travis – J. Smith
Has Travis lost it? Johnny Loftus catches the charismatic Scots in Detroit and gets convinced to accept the more serious band that Travis has become.
After the worldwide acclaim heaped upon their 1999 release The Man Who, which officially launched the four nice fellows of Travis into the rock stardom stratosphere, it would be easy to expect a darker, more introspective follow-up, an album that would find the group eschewing the trappings that made their breakthrough great in favor of … Continue reading TRAVIS — WE ARE YOUR (NICE) OVERLORDS