Fran Healy

Why did Fran Healy, the lead singer of the acclaimed Scottish Britpop band Travis, make a solo record, this fall’s forthcoming Wreckorder, without his longtime bandmates? “I hate them,” Healy told me on a recent phone call. “I hate all of my band. They’re all wankers.” In all seriousness, Wreckorder came about during a much-needed rest period for Travis last year – Healy says he wrote the songs to “invigorate my brain and inspire me” The result? A gorgeously sweeping collection of grand and richly arranged pop songs featuring Healy’s tender-sweet vocals, as well as a heart-aching duet with Neko Case and, on another track, a musician named Sir Paul McCartney on the bass. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Wed., Aug. 18, 8 p.m., 2010

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