Travis frontman Fran Healy has said he struggled to deal with his newfound fame at the height of the band's success.

The 47-year-old hitmaker and his bandmates, Andy Dunlop, Dougie Payne and Neil Primrose, were well-known in the late nineties for their tracks Driftwood, Turn and Why Does It Always Rain On Me?, and Healy admits he "didn't enjoy the attention".

Speaking to Music Week magazine, he said: ''I didn't enjoy the attention. I wonder sometimes why people want to do this crazy job. And why did I want to do it?

"Because when I got it, I was like, 'Oh my god, this is mental'. You lose your life a little bit. You can't really have a life when you're up at the top of Mount Everest, the air is thin up there and it's very hard to breathe.''

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Healy reckons the band made mistake by not taking a break after a sold-out worldwide tour of their second album, The Man Who.

''It was quite tough because we rolled over from The Man Who, but we didn't get a break. We had a week off and then went into the studio and started recording The Invisible Band.

''Then we were back on the road, and the end of that tour was when Neil broke his neck. Not stopping had really knocked the s*** out of us and I could feel something bad was about to happen, because everyone was beginning to get a little bit out of control.''

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Travis are set to release their ninth studio album, 10 Songs in October.

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