Travis at the Gothic Theatre, 10-1-13 (photos, review)By Evan Semon | October 2nd, 2013 | No Comments »
This isn’t the late ’90s. Travis isn’t competing with other post brit-pop bands Oasis or Coldplay anymore, and the band will never be U2. It’s 2013 and Travis is a band of dads who, after a five year sabbatical, have a new album and just want to tour and play music again.
“We’ve spent our whole lives writing songs, but the best song you’ll ever write is for your kid,” explained Travis front man Fran Healy. Spending time with their family was the band’s main objective for the last five years.
When you think of the band Travis, think Radiohead on Prozac.
After all Travis’ most successful albums “The Man Who” (1999) and “The Invisible Band” (2001) were produced by Nigel Godrich of Radiohead fame.
Tuesday’s stop at the Gothic Theatre brought a mix of cult hits and a lot of music off the band’s new album “Where You Stand” (2013) released last month.
The maturing Healy’s once signature faux hawk has been replaced by a fedora, (perhaps he doesn’t have enough hair for the faux hawk anymore) but that didn’t stop the band from playing the early stuff.
Fans of “The Man Who” were not disappointed on Tuesday as Travis gave much of the set to that album. The band performed “Writing to Reach You,” “Driftwood,” “Turn” and a surprising medley of “Slide Show,” including the American bonus tracks off the album.
The band returned for an encore of four songs including, “Good Feelin’,” “All I Wanna Do is Rock!,” a busking acoustic version of “Flowers in the Window” and finished with “Why does it always Rain On Me?” yet another song off “The Man Who.”
Evan Semón is a Denver freelance writer and photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.
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