Every so often I make up a mix CD of my favorite songs at the moment; mostly new songs, but with some old songs sprinkled in for flavor. I thought it’d be a neat feature of this new blog to go through, song-by-song, and explain a little about why it appeals to me.
Ah, Travis. Coming to popularity in the late 90s/early 2000s, they shared a great deal of the spotlight with another famous British band Radiohead. But where Radiohead’s work has veered more towards the, um, “art” realm, Travis has always firmly stayed pop-oriented. It’s said that they’ve “paved the way” for other Radiohead-lite bands such as Coldplay (frontman Chris Martin once remarked that Travis “made” his band) and Snow Patrol. Travis’s existence was severely threatened, however, when the band’s drummer jumped headfirst into a shallow pool, breaking his neck. At the height of their popularity, Travis took a hiatus.
I was informed of Travis’s resurrection (no pun intended, but yes, the drummer is back to full health) by, what else, “The Dive”. The video for “Closer”, the song included on this compilation, fits nicely with the theme from the previous track. (Also notice the cameo appearance.) Though the band had been active for a couple of years, their presence in America had been somewhat muted by the rise of Coldplay and Travis’s new, darker sound. However, with their latest album The Boy with No Name, influenced by the members’ developing family situations, have become more bright and hopeful.
Next time: Keifer Sutherland gets into the music biz