Travis announce UK tour, share Bus as third single from forthcoming L.A. Times album

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Travis have shared a third single from their forthcoming 10th studio album, L.A. Times, and announced details of a UK tour in December.

Following on from previous singles Raze The Bar and Gaslight, Bus is the third preview of the Glasgow band's new record, which is set for release on July 12 via BMG.

Explaining the origins of the song, frontman Fran Healy says, “I was on holiday, staring out the window, watching all the boats bobbing on the sea. I was trying to write a song and nothing was coming. It reminded me of all the years I spent waiting on buses. You never think it’s going to come, but if you wait long enough it usually turns up.

“Looking out at the sea at all the little sailing boats, I imagined all the bands and artists sitting in them waiting on that freak gust of wind to blow them to fame and fortune. We caught a huge one in ’99 [the year the band released their 3.5 million-selling The Man Who album] so I can testify to the random nature of it.”

“In the middle of all these thoughts came a cool little melody and the song was written a few minutes later.”

Watch the video below, and look out for a cameo from comedian Adam Buxton, a longtime friend and fan of the band.

The quartet have also lined up a 12-date UK tour for December. The trek will kick off in Leeds on December 5, and carry on through to December 21, with a homecoming show in Glasgow.

Fans who pre-order L.A. Times from the band's official store will receive access to an exclusive ticket pre-sale, which will run from 9am on June 12 until the general sale, which starts at 9am on June 14.

Travis UK tour dates: 

Dec 05: Leeds O2 Academy
Dec 06: Manchester Albert Hall
Dec 08: Liverpool Olympia
Dec 09: Wolverhampton The Halls
Dec 10: Nottingham Rock City
Dec 11: Margate Dreamland
Dec 13: London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire,
Dec 15: Bristol Beacon
Dec 17: Eastbourne Winter Gardens
Dec 18: Sheffield Octagon
Dec 19: Newcastle City Hall
Dec 21: Glasgow OVO Hydro

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.