A blend of intricate guitar melodies, curvy art-funk bass lines and 80’s synth leads, Tourists encapsulate modern post-punk revivalism with a melodic, psychedelic spin.
The writing process began in 2012 when founding members Jamie Giles (vocals/guitar), Scott Morton (drums) and Matthew White (bass) acquired some basic recording equipment and produced the debut EP Fear Grows. The lo-fi record – produced at home by Morton – was by no means perfect in sound quality but succeeded in capturing an identity, one that still resonates through the band’s sound today.
2013 saw the release of second EP Hidden Desires with label In At The Eye Records. Singles from the EP We’ll Talk About It and Background became instant hits, drawing praise from the likes of Janice Long (BBC Radio 2) and XFM. Soon after, Tourists were invited into the BBC Introducing in Devon studio, becoming the first band to play a full set live on air.
After a quiet transitional year in the shadows and with the addition of new members Lloyd Bastow (guitar) and Tom Wilkinson (synthesizer), Tourists re-emerged in 2015 with comeback single All We Do Is Pretend. The single soon caught the eye of key taste-makers CLASH, NOTION, The 405, A Music Blog Yeah and Inveterate, with the band being tipped as “ones to watch” on Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio 1 show.
This year the band have been busy recording with producer James Bragg at Middle Farm Studios in Devon. The new single Cut and Run is out now!
“The Torquay-based five-piece have a knack for dreamy beach pop with a sinister edge, Cut and Run merging a patchwork style with giant, sky-reaching guitar lines and arty intentions”. DIY
“On this single, arguably the best song they’ve released to date, the five-piece channel The Cure while adding a heavy dose of The Smiths to create one awesome tune… As a result, it’s a little rocker that is surprisingly dreamy” The Revue
“The fivesome have tightly woven together a musical fabric out of vintage ’60’s organs, rich vocals and enough guitar riffs to lose yourself completely in. Their psychedelic-tinged sound is expansive enough to fill a stadium and they rightfully have enlisted Gengahr’s producer James Bragg to help push it into stratospheric proportions” The Most Radicalist
“The band’s forthcoming release All We Do Is Pretend has already seen significant support from the likes of CLASH and The 405, with the band tipped by XFM, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Introducing as ones to watch” Inveterate
“A lush return, the jagged guitar lines are matched against gossamer synths and vocals that betray a pop ambition” CLASH
“A concoction of psychedelic punk-pop, full of in-depth guitar melodies with warm overtones and haunting vocals. The video is a piece of art… a bundle of kaleidoscopic goodness” NOTION
“Tourists are back with a catchy new single All We Do Is Pretend. A nice collection of psychedelic pop… quite dark at times but the glistening guitar and warming synth will have you feeling quite the opposite” The 405
“Each member is integral to their lush synth pop/rock sound” James Santer (BBC Introducing)
“I love it!” Janice Long (BBC Radio 2) on We’ll Talk About It
“I like them… nice Strokes jangliness about it” XFM