TRAVIS: Hello. You can give me some questions
about what we are doing.
ghjo: How was tour?
TRAVIS: Which tour? We have been on tour so
much. We are on tour now with Ben Folds Five.
chimera: When you were with Oasis?
TRAVIS: Fucking fantastic! Brilliant! Got the
house on fire. We are doing the UK again with Oasis during
Christmas. Come watch it. We have been asked back, it was so
chimera: Are you guys coming to Canada?
TRAVIS: Next year hopefully, a club tour.
Toronto, Vancouver. Maybe February or March.
ghjo: Are the Ben Folds Five proper southern
funnything10: TRAVIS coming
to Hong Kong ?
TRAVIS: Yes, next January I believe we are
ghjo: Where are ya'll from in the UK?
TRAVIS: Glasgow in Scotland and Wigis.
ghjo: How does that compare to Edinburgh?
TRAVIS: Glasgow is friendlier. Edinburgh is
the London of the north.
Kelvin: Will there be an official Travis
TRAVIS: We are working on it. You can check
the EPIC one though in the States.
mod: What's your favorite acts these days?
TRAVIS: Travis' favorite act
at the moment is probably Oasis live. They are fantastic. No one
Kelvin: Any more new singles from the album?
TRAVIS: New remix of "Funny Thing"
on an EP next year. With a few new songs that will let you see
what the next album will be like. Massive production.
ghjo: What are influences in the TRAVIS
TRAVIS: The Band, Creedence Clear Water. We
like Pavement and Belle and Sebastian. Anything with soul and
Chris: Are you planning a UK tour?
TRAVIS: We will do a UK tour after our
December Oasis dates. Club dates and hoping to end up in the
ghjo: What currency do you prefer? British or
TRAVIS: It's all the same, but in Scotland
you get pound notes instead of pound coins. So you don't get
holes in your pockets.
Chris: Come to Portsmouth!
TRAVIS: We are going there next year Chris.
soapers: How do you like touring America?
TRAVIS: It's okay except for the shitty bus
that smells like cow pats.
mod: Hey Travis, are you
into the Internet?
TRAVIS: It's okay as long as it's for
conversation. Conversation is what keeps people together. Not
visuals all the time.
ghjo: How do American, Brit and Scotch
TRAVIS: Americans are appreciative, British
audiences behave like brats most of the time, but some of our
fans are fantastic, we have a huge fan base in Britain. Hopefully
our next record will take it to where it needs to go. We have had
a good start.
Chris: I've been talking to your sound
engineer on the Internet!
TRAVIS: Our sound engineer is like Michael
Palin crossed with James Bond circa George Lazedeby. He is a very
mod: Would you prefer computers to say
writing a letter?
TRAVIS: No mod.
mod: What do you ink about all of this
"Free Tibet" stuff going on?
TRAVIS: What is Free Tibet about? Excuse me
for not keeping up with the times. Yeah don't mix politics with
music. Jim Kerr made that mistake and so did Sting.
ghjo: Who do you support?
TRAVIS: Is that football? 'Cause if it is,
it's got to be Glasgow Rangers.
Chris: How does it feel playing larger venues
with Oasis (saw you in Exeter by the way)? Do you prefer it to
TRAVIS: It's difficult to come from an Oasis
tour to a club tour. But it keeps your feet on the ground and
makes you realize why you got into music 7 years ago. It's harder
to play in front of 20 people than 20,000.
ghjo: How are these shows doing?
TRAVIS: The shows are getting better.
ghjo: What's been the best so far?
Kelvin: Hey Fran, who do you consider as the
best new band of '97? Apart from Travis?
TRAVIS: The Cornershop album is fantastic.
Fran isn't here, it's just Neil. But the boys say hello and love
mod: Travis, what other
things do you want to do in life other than your music career?
TRAVIS: Personally we are all very art and
creatively-minded. I want to go back to being a carpenter.
Chris: The first thing one of my mates said
when she saw TFI was that she fancied the drummer, Neil!
TRAVIS: Well, well!
ghjo: How do you feel about being lumped into
the whole Brit-pop thing ?
TRAVIS: Brit pop is dead. Its just another
journalistic easy way out. Lazy journalism should be shot dead.
weezerfemme: What do you think of the whole
electronica hype ?
TRAVIS: What's that?
Chris: Who's been the best band to tour with
(apart from Oasis!) on your support slots?
TRAVIS: Probably Beth Orton and Reef.
guest463: How did you get John Squire to do
TRAVIS: That was through our record company,
'cause Andy Macdonald was friends with him. Personally John
should stick to the art work, but don't tell him.
Chris: Best festival this year?
TRAVIS: T in the Park and Reading.
Chris: Do you think you may play T in the
Park next year (I'm hoping to go..)?
TRAVIS: Yes, we will Chris.
ghjo: What's up with the UK scene-good or
TRAVIS: I think the music scene generally
needs something different. This is for everyone, including
ourselves. Music has come full circle.
ghjo: Full circle to what?
TRAVIS: From retro to 80' to hip hop, it's
all come back around again.
guest463: How would you describe your music?
TRAVIS: Catering to people who are real
people. Probably schizophrenic.
Chris: What sort of music influenced you when
you were younger?
TRAVIS: My mom and dad's record collection.
Everything, even albums like the Jazz Singer.
Dion Warwick, Chaka Kahn.
ghjo: Let me rock you Chaka Khan.
TRAVIS: The best thighs in pop music of all
ghjo: They're a little big these days. Though
they were always a little big.
TRAVIS: Thanks for shattering my illusions.
But I like women who are big and beautiful. I like any kind of
women as long as they are not too skinny. I don't like anorexics.
ghjo: Check out Mary J Blige's thighs
sometime, they're pretty ripe.
TRAVIS: I think there is more to check out
than just the thighs! Sex sells.
Chris: What's your favorite drink, and who's
the biggest lightweight in the band?
TRAVIS: Vodka martini. Lightweight is me,
cause I keep fit. I used to be a professional swimmer. I used to
be a fat bastard.
ghjo: What's your best vomit story as a band?
TRAVIS: One night I gave Fran some of my
urine in a bottle and he was sick. He drunk it. It was still
warm, and it smelled like whiskey.
ghjo: That's pretty nasty.
TRAVIS: Yeah, but we love each other. He has
gotten me a few as well.
ghjo: Do you like Haggis?
TRAVIS: Vegetarian haggis is better than the
real thing. It's made by Mc Sweens, I have it on the 25th of
January, Burn's night with whiskey and turnip.
ghjo: I heard they have deep fat fried Mars
bars in the UK now. That shit is nasty.
TRAVIS: And tasty. You should try a frozen
Mars bar on brown bread with jam. The ultimate grass munchie
ghjo: No wonder there's so many vegetarians
over there. I prefer hobnobs.
Kelvin: Neil, where are the other members?
Why are you the only one here?
TRAVIS: They are all doing press. There was
so much to do today.
mod: What advice would you give a band that's
trying to get started ?
TRAVIS: Don't try to get a record deal. Have
fun together and it will come to you. Watch the jungle book.
Chris: Which gig stands out as the best
you've ever played?
TRAVIS: Supporting Oasis in Aberdeen with 9
thousand people jumping up and down.
mod: Do you ever get tired of all the
bullshit? Or do you like the bullshit?
TRAVIS: I must confess my bullshit detector
is always flashing, but take it with a pinch of salt cause that's
life. Everyone is flighty these days.
mod: At least you have a detector. Some
people have to pick up small pieces and put it up to their face.
TRAVIS: Thanks .
mod: What kind of idols do you have (that
have nothing to do with music)?
TRAVIS: Can I have 5 minutes to think about
that? As far as idols go for me, the man who broke the sound
barrier, Chuck Yager.
TRAVIS: Thanks everyone and keep in touch and
we will hopefully have a full-on Travis website