It's been a while since Travis have released an album, but their brand new masterpiece, Ode To J Smith, will be available from September 29 on their own Red Telephone Box label. It's the first album to be written on electric guitar since Good Feeling, and so promises to be an interesting and exciting listen. Fran Healy said: "this album was born out of a rush of creative urgency; a need to make a record, it has to be amazing. Perhaps that's why Ode To J Smith is the most cohesive thing we've ever done. When you move so quickly there is very little time to reflect. You have to be decisive".

The band will also be touring to support the album and you can catch them at the following dates:

22 - Inverness Ironworks
23 - Aberdeen Music Hall
25 - Edinburgh Picture House
28 - Manchester The Ritz
29 - Liverpool Academy
30 - Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall

02 - Newcastle University
03 - Norwich UEA
04 - Portsmouth Pyramids Centre
06 - Bath Pavillion
07 - Sheffield Leadmill
08 - London Astoria.

Tickets are on sale now from or the 24 hour CC line on 0871 2200 260.