Fran Healy could charm the fedora off a hipster. In fact, he pretty much did Sunday night in one of the closing sets at Filter's Culture Collide festival.
The frontman of the Scottish quartet Travis played an acoustic set inside a crowded, steamy church in Echo Park, starring as much as a storyteller as tunesmith. Like his anecdote about copping the chords from Oasis' “Wonderwall” for the Travis song “Writing to Reach You” — “Noel Gallagher nicks everybody else's so I figured why shouldn't nick his,” Healy said to laughter all around.
The postscript, of course, came when Healy met Gallagher two years later and the Oasis singer-guitarist deadpanned “Nice fucking chords, mate.” (Their respective bands went on to tour together.)
Healy mixed four Travis songs into a 45-minute set that focused on material from his solo album Wreckorder, which came out last week. Even in a stuffy church with the occasional siren blaring past on Alvarado Street, there was something magical about the yearning Scotsman.
The 37-year-old songwriter has two more L.A. gigs before going on tour with Brandon Flowers: Tonight he plays the RSVP-only It's a School Night at Bardot (Carina Round also performs), and on Tuesday, Healy hits the Hotel Cafe.
Elsewhere: Speaking of Scotsmen, long-running quintet Teenage Fanclub — their new album Shadows having landed in June — headline the El Rey Theater, with Merge labelmates and L.A. indie-rockers Radar Bros. opening. … Rootsy songstress and Jesse Harris/Norah Jones collaborator Jessie Baylin plays the Bootleg Theater, with support from local up-and-comers the Belle Brigade. …
Also: Residencies continue for Radars to the Sky (Spaceland, with Red Cortez and George Glass supporting); Evan Voytas (the Echo, with Death Kit and All Wrong and the Plans Change); and Wet & Reckless (Silverlake Lounge, with White Arrows and the Franks). … There's Windy City Gentleman at the Viper Room; Mark Ballas at the Mint; Danielle Ate the Sandwich at the Hotel Cafe; and Tleilaxu Music Machine at Pehrspace.