Travis Mines B-Side Sessions For New Single

Travis is currently wowing audiences during its opening slot on Oasis' American tour, and the group plans to head out on its own month-long U.S. trek, beginning on May 6 in Nashville.

While the Glaswegian band continues to spend time in the States working its "The Man Who" album and "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?" single, Travis has not forgotten its fans in the U.K., where "The Man Who" has been out since last May.

In order to help tide fans over until the release of its third album, Travis will issue a new U.K. single, titled "Coming Around," on June 5, and frontman Fran Healy recently told MTV News how the song was mined from some tossed-off b-side sessions.

"['Coming Around'] was recorded in May of last year," Healy said, "before we went on our first U.K. tour with 'The Man Who.' We did it in a b-side session, and we just knocked it out in half an hour.

"Just before we got on the bus to leave [for the tour], I got a phone call from... our A&R man at the record company, and he said, 'This is not a B-side, Franny.' And I was like, 'Well, what do you mean?' And he goes, 'This is a single, this is like a number one single." And I went, 'What do you mean, which song?' And he's going, '"Coming Around."'

"I was like, 'Oh, right,' because we had just recorded it and knocked it out and forgotten about it," Healy added. "But that's his job. He's that man that goes, 'Wow, man. That's a tune, that's a tune.' Because we've got so many songs, I suppose it gets [to the point] where you just end up going in and just doing them.

"But you have to be glad that you've got someone there at the mastering suite going, 'Oh, wait a minute. This isn't a B-side. This

is actually a single.' That's where the song comes from. We're releasing it in the U.K. in June, and it's gonna be on the third record, which we're gonna record in September." [RealAudio]

Travis plans to huddle in a Los Angeles studio with producer Nigel Godrich in the fall to begin work on the band's new album (see "Travis To Tour While Waiting On Godrich").

The Glaswegian group, which has been slipping in a mesmerizing cover of The Band's "The Weight" into its live shows, has just added a few more dates to its May tour of the U.S.

The complete dates for Travis' headlining spring tour:

  • 5/6 - Nashville, TN @ River Stages
  • 5/7 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
  • 5/9 - Charlottesville, VA @ Trax
  • 5/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
  • 5/11 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
  • 5/12 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
  • 5/14 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
  • 5/15

    - Providence, RI @ Met Cafe

  • 5/16 - Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Center
  • 5/18 - Cleveland, OH @ Odeon Concert Club
  • 5/19 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
  • 5/20 - Tinley Park, IL @ New World Music Theatre
  • 5/21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Quest Club
For a full-length interview with Travis, check out the MTV News Online feature "Travis: The Band Who."