Travis

Thanks for shattering my illusions. But I like women who are big and beautiful.

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

good.

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

gentlemen?

TRAVIS: Extremely.

funnything10: TRAVIS coming

to Hong Kong ?

TRAVIS: Yes, next January I believe we are

doing Asia.

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

website?

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

compares.

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

sound?

TRAVIS: The Band, Creedence Clear Water. We

like Pavement and Belle and Sebastian. Anything with soul and

simplicity.

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

Barrow Lands.

ghjo: What currency do you prefer? British or

Scottish?

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

audiences compare?

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

nice man.

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

smaller gigs?

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

and kisses.

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

your artwork?

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

bad?

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

women.

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

snack.

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

soon.