TRAVIS announce special live album ‘The Invisible Band (Live)’ as part of RSD 2023

Credit: Ryan Johnston

Following the 20th anniversary reissue of their critically-acclaimed album The Invisible Band, multi-platinum-selling Scottish rockers Travis return with the release of a special one-off live album The Invisible Band (Live). The album will be released on vinyl on April 22nd as part of Record Store Day 2023 and across streaming services on April 21st via Craft Recordings.

Recorded live at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on May 22nd 2022 during their celebrated The Invisible Band in Concert anniversary dates, the live album sees the art school band play the seminal album front to back for the first time ever.

“Playing The Invisible Band live was a lot of fun. There are so many memories folded into these songs for us and for everyone who came to the shows,” Fran Healy said of the album. “The tracklisting on this album worked really great live so we decided to record and film the final show in Glasgow. There is always a chance I’ll get a sore throat when I know there is a taping coming up, but thankfully it all went without a hitch. I think it was the best we played the album that night.”

The announcement comes alongside a captivating performance of one of the album’s standout hits, ‘Flowers In The Window (Live)’. “‘Flowers In The Window’ is one of our evergreen songs,” Fran said. “There are a couple of ways we play it during a show. The way we play it most is the busk, with us standing round the one microphone. On this tour we decided to do the full band version, which is the album version with Andy on piano duties.”

Released for the only time on vinyl for RSD 2023, this special 2-LP package comes on clear vinyl in a gatefold sleeve and includes exclusive unseen photography from Ryan Johnston. Pay a visit to your local independent record shop on Record Store Day (Saturday 22nd April) for the chance to purchase – list of participating shops HERE. The album will also be released across streaming services on April 21st. Pre-save HERE.

Returning to the studio with The Man Who’s co-producer Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck, Paul McCartney) for The Invisible Band, Travis crafted a near-perfect 45-minute album praised by Q magazine for having some of ‘the best and most fully crafted’ songs of their career to date.

The Invisible Band (Live)

Lead single ‘Sing’ remains the band’s highest-charting single in the UK (No.3), while its follow-ups, ‘Side’ and ‘Flowers In The Window’, saw the band consolidate their indie-pop formula, helping The Invisible Band to match its predecessor’s No.1 position in the UK album chart, while taking Travis into the US Top 40 and Top 10 in Germany, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Italy and Norway.


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