Fran Healy, the charming lead singer of Britpop mainstays Travis, will release Wreckorder, his first solo album, October 5. The star-studded affair features collaborations with Neko Case and Paul McCartney -- and a stirring lead single, "Buttercups." Hear it below!
Like much of Healy's work with Travis, "Buttercups" is based on a personal tale of a misstep in love (although he's now happily married).
"'Buttercups' came from an experience in my art school days when a girlfriend turned her nose up at some picked flowers I brought," Healy tells SPIN.com. "I couldn't afford fancy roses and thought these would be even better and more romantic. She didn't think so. That relationship didn't last long. Puh!"
Healy told a few similar tales when he performed at the SPIN offices last year -- watch the video here.
Healy is playing dates across North America through the end of August, supporting fellow Brits Keane. Check his official site for the full list of shows.
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Listen: Fran Healy, "Buttercups"