Hailing from the isolated climes of Edmonton (Alberta, Canada), 23 year old Travis Bretzer has an appropriately singular, off-beat take on guitar pop. An adroit songwriter and true troubadour, Travis sidesteps easy pigeonholing – his breezy, classic songs touching on the new-pop of Orange Juice, the playful idiosyncrasies of Prefab Sprout, with a freewheeling sensibility present in much of the Stiff Records catalog. There’s a truly deft, sophisticated streak through Travis’ songwriting that belies its occasionally haphazard production and cheeky, casual delivery.
After purchasing his first guitar as a teenager with savings from his scuzzy movie theatre job, Bretzer formed a band, The Subatomics, with his best friend. They taught each other how to play and honed their craft supporting a range of touring bands, as well as in their own ramshackle local shows. These days Bretzer spends his days writing jingles and goofballing on a local radio station – a day job befitting of his knack for penning perfect melodies and ear-wormy hooks.
Travis will release a double A-side single through new UK imprint Cool Delta in May, followed by his first EP Making Love on July 23 through Mexican Summer, and an LP slated for Fall.