Multi-platinum Scottish rock band Travis are commemorating the 20th anniversary of their worldwide chart topping album The Invisible Band with a special deluxe box set reissue out today. As part of this week’s celebration, the band appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden this past Wednesday, performing their hit single “Side” from the historic Saint Luke’s Church in Glasgow.
The Invisible Band serves as a major landmark for Travis, who found themselves in the limelight of success following the album’s release. The record debuted at #1 on the UK Albums Chart, enjoying four weeks in the top spot and a total of twenty-five weeks in the Top 100. Meanwhile in the US, the album held rank on the Billboard 200 Chart for seven weeks. In the year following the release of The Invisible Band, Travis were recognized with a 4x platinum certification–a testament to their status as global sensations.
The band had already become household names with their previous album The Man Who, winning the titles of British Group and British Album of the Year at the Brit Awards, as well as NME’s award for Artist of the Year. Then the arrival of The Invisible Band only solidified their reputation, as Travis went on to win Band of the Year at the coveted GQ Awards in New York, and yet another Brit Award for British Group of the Year.
In a recent interview with The Independent, who cite Travis as “one of the biggest British bands in the world,” Fran shared the ups and downs of life in the Hollywood spotlight, from a comical moment at an Alanis Morissette party, to living next door to Drew Barrymore, and dealing with the relentless demands of the music industry. Fran also dives into his relationship with The Strokes, another trendsetting group of the times, who ultimately became friends even though the media tried to pit their musical styles against one another.
The monumental imprint of The Invisible Band is still very much alive today. Travis inspired a league of other bands alongside the garage-rock movement, including the likes of Keane and Coldplay, who’s Chris Martin has been publicly outspoken on the impact of Travis, deeming them as “the band that invented my band and lots of others.”