Moving (Travis song)

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Single by Travis
from the album Where You Stand
Released 1 July 2013
Recorded November 2012
Genre Alternative rock, new wave[1]
Length 4:32
Label Red Telephone Box
Writer(s) Dougie Payne
Producer(s) Michael Ilbert
Travis singles chronology
"Where You Stand"
Music video
Travis – "Moving" on YouTube

"Moving" is a song by alternative rock band Travis. It was released on 1 July 2013[2] as the second single to promote the band's seventh studio album, Where You Stand. "Moving" was written by the band's bassist Dougie Payne.[3] The song has charted in Japan.


The song was written by Travis bassist Dougie Payne.

In an album commentary, Dougie Payne said the song was inspired by his frequent moves, and the feeling of moving house every six months: "It was kinda this notion of this perpetual motion."[4]

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph music critic Neil McCormick, Travis frontman Fran Healy said, "There was a moment, when my son Clay was two, and we were looking at the little globe in the house, and I was going, here's where Nana is, and here's Australia, and he said, 'Where do you live, Papa?' My heart broke. I was going, 'I live here with you', and he had this incredulous look on his face – 'no, you don't.' And he really meant it, because we spent so much time touring."[1][5]


The song was recorded in November 2012.[4] Payne said, "It was really all about the vocal, kind of getting up to that point, to make it, to kinda lift it, and make it not kinda linear and repetitive. Actually kind of create those peaks." The notes in the chorus were "really high" for vocalist Fran Healy, so during the first recording of the song he sang them in falsetto. When he listened to it the next morning, "it just sounded weak". However, Healy remembered being told about an effect that adrenaline can have on human voice, so he decided to run into the North Sea, which was just outside the recording studio, to get the shock that would make his body release the hormone. After spending a minute in cold water, he ran up the beach straight into the studio, and recorded the vocals.[4]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was released onto YouTube on 1 July 2013.[6] It was directed by Tom "Wriggles" Wrigglesworth and Matt "Robins" Robinson.[7] The video is based on a concept from Wriggles & Robins' short film titled Love Is in the Air, released for Valentine's Day 2013.[8][9] It shows Travis band members standing in cold air, with a series of animations projected into their breaths, telling a story of a character that runs, flies and swims, among others. In some of the scenes, the animation becomes a mirror image of Travis vocalist Fran Healy.[10] The video was filmed in real time, using no post production.[6] On 8 July 2013, a making-of video was released onto YouTube.[11]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[12][13]
No. Title Length
1. "Moving"   4:32



Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[14] 30


  1. ^ a b "Travis: Moving (Where You Stand album commentary) – part three". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Discography > Singles > Moving". Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Where You Stand - Travis". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Travis - Moving (Track by Track)". YouTube. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Travis's Fran Healy: 'There’s a trail of rock widows and orphans'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Travis - Moving". YouTube. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Travis - Moving". Vimeo. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Fox, Michelle Higa. "Wriggles & Robins: Travis “Moving”". Motionographer. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Wriggles and Robins' Travis video a breath of fresh air". Creative Review. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Travis: Moving - Making of". Creativity Online. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Travis - Moving (Making Of)". YouTube. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Moving - Single by Travis". iTunes (GB). Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Moving: Travis: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Travis Album & Song Chart History" Japan Hot 100 for Travis. Retrieved 18 September 2013.