October 22 [12:00 EDT] -- Travis, the four-man band from Glasgow, Scotland just wants to rock, or so frontman Fran Healy wails in their first single "All I Want To Do Is Rock" from their debut album Good Feeling.
The band is named for Harry Dean Stanton's character (Healy's favorite) from the cult film, "Paris, Texas." Oddly, another native Glasgow band, Texas, whose debut went gold in the UK in '89 and are still around, takes their name from the same film. One wonders, do the citizens of Glasgow view this similiarity as a mere coincidence? Or perhaps, the entire city has an affinity for the 1984 Wim Wenders film.
The band (Healy, bassist Douglas Payne, drummer Neil Primrose, and guitarist Andy Dunlop) moved to London in 1996, and shortly thereafter, released a 7" recording of "All I Want To Do Is Rock," which was financed with a loan from Healy's mother.
Andy MacDonald, founder of Go!Discs (Portishead/the Housemartins) was in the process of launching his new
label, Independiente, when he heard their demo; Travis is the label's first release. Producer Steve Lilywhite, who has produced a band here and there (U2, Dave Matthews Band, and XTC,) worked on Good Feeling with the neophyte band at Bearsville Studios in upstate New York.
Travis already count Oasis' Noel Gallagher and Morrisey among their fans; both artists have attended live gigs with kudos for the band.
That must be a good feeling.