Travis Heads Into Studio, "Cooks" New LP Sessions

After wrapping its North American tour last week with a show at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, the British band Travis is now focusing on its return to the studio and recording the follow-up to "The Man Who."

Travis has just headed into an L.A. studio with acclaimed producer Nigel Godrich --the man behind "The Man Who," as well as Radiohead's "OK Computer" and "Kid A" (see "Travis Sets North American Tour, Talks Next LP") -- to cut material for the group's third LP, tentatively due out next spring.

It's been almost 16 months since Travis issued "The Man Who" in Europe, where the record went on to sell more than 2 million copies, and the group recently told MTV News that it was happy to finally get started on the new album.

"We're going to record it in the sunshine over in Los Angeles," frontman Fran Healy said.

"We'll

see how that affects us," interjected bassist Dougie Payne. "We'll see what happens. We've done one [album] in the rain and one in the snow, so we'll see how the sun affects us."

"Like I said before," Healy resumed, "making an album is like cooking or making a cake. You get your ingredients and you may put it all together, but the studio is the same thing as putting it in the oven. You don't know, 'til it comes out of the oven, whether it flops in the middle or whether it rises. So we've yet to put it in the oven, but stay tuned." [RealVideo]

In related Travis news, Healy announced during the band's tour-ending L.A. gig on October 5 that he had become engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Nora, while on tour in the U.S.

Healy apparently proposed to Nora after the couple drove out to Hoover Dam in Nevada during one of the

band's off days prior to an October 4 gig at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas.

Travis recently issued "Turn" as the new American single from "The Man Who," and the CD single version of the track includes the group's infamous cover of Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time."