Travis frontman Fran Healy is hoping to create the band’s future out of its past.
Healy and guitarist Andy Dunlop are currently playing the band’s old material on a tour bearing the long-winded title “An Evening with Fran Healy and Andy Dunlop: A Chronological Acoustical Journey Through the Travis Back Catalogue: Laugh Out Loud Stories, Scottish Accents, Handsome Scottish Men, Naked Torsos.” But Healy, 36, also has designs to work on the next Travis album while out on the road.
“We’re gonna hopefully write the whole thing ... on the bus,” Healy says of the follow-up to 2008’s “Ode to J. Smith,” which he plans to record in Nashville, Tenn. “I like the idea of writing an album going across America. I can kind of write anywhere; mostly I tend to sit in hotel rooms and quiet places, but I’ve written in the loudest, noisiest places imaginable, too.
“These are just pipe dreams from which actual plans will be hatched, but at the moment that’s the idea.”
Meanwhile, Healy says he and Dunlop also are enjoying traipsing down memory lane, and they have additional plans to record their acoustic concerts for a live CD.
“It’s almost like taking baby pictures of the songs and showing them to the audience — except it’s getting the real baby and showing it people,” Healy explains. “I think it’s going to be really special. I have a slide show, sort of a projector screen and a projector, so it’ll look a little like a town hall lecture.
“That’s the vibe of it, at least. We’ll see how it all pans out.”
Fran Healy and Andy Dunlop of Travis and Greg Laswell perform Thursday (Oct. 22) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.
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