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Travis have gone from emo boys to loving dads

Members of alternative rock band Travis are now all dads and put their families first

Published on Jul 31, 2014 12:19 PM
Family men (from left) Neil Primrose, Dougie Payne, Francis Healy and Andy Dunlop. -- PHOTO: FOREFRONT ASIA

Scottish alternative rock band Travis are leaving behind their art school days and songs about being 17 and embracing middleaged life.

Priorities have changed for the band, whose members are all in their 40s now, notes their bassist Dougie Payne - and that comes through Travis' latest album Where You Stand (2013).

Payne, 41, who was speaking to Life! over the telephone from Japan ahead of their show at the Star Theatre tomorrow, says with a chuckle: "I think it's definitely looking at both ends of life.

"We are in the middle, I guess. We're all dads now. It's quite an optimistic and emotional - in a good way - record as well. You're looking at your children and wondering what life is going to be like for them and thinking about how they've impacted upon your life and changed your priorities.

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