Blaine Braun vocals
Mark Radloff bass
Greg Whitbeck guitar/vocals
Andy Skov guitar
Bob Wagner drums
Thanks to a non-stop work ethic and hard hitting melodic rock songs, Vancouver based TOURIST have not had to venture far from home to gain a growing popularity with fans and media alike. Their dynamic live show and local radio presence continue to win over new fans domestically while their overwhelming success on the internet has netted new fans globally.
In early 2004, TOURIST were semi-finalists in the M.E.T.R.O. Search 2004 in New York, and finalists in the Doniryeed Records talent search in Boston. The band's song Newradio has maintained a top ten spot in the rock category of Garageband.com since May 2004 as well as top 5 placement in numerous other music websites including Besonic and MP3.com. TOURIST are winners of the 2004 99.3 CFOX's Vancouver Seeds competition where they join alumni such as Nickelback, Default, and Matthew Good. Famous J together with Converse Shoes and Broadjam chose TOURIST's first single Everytime We Touch to support the release of the 1970 reissue of the Converse classic shoe. Thanks to a strong fan response, the song continues to be in rotation at CFOX, the fourth ranked rock radio station in North America. Everytime We Touch continues to find success and was recently added to the MyGlobalSound.com's Back to School MX CD which has been distributed to over 8000 Florida college students. Veteran producer/mixer Mike Fraser (Metallica, Slipknot, The Cure, AC/DC) has just completed mixing TOURIST's forthcoming release at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver. TOURIST are first and foremost a live act and they continue to tour and open up for bands such as The Offspring, Billy Talent, Thornley, Finger Eleven, Clutch and more.
This group of talented and focused musicians combines experience with motivation to continue to drive its collaborative effort forward. Look for TOURIST's upcoming full length debut release July 2005.
Dunner, Program Director/Music Director, 99.3 The Fox
""So you play live?...can you write great songs? - Tourist can....this is a band that understands the importance of great songwriting and continue to impress me with every song they record.""
Bob Mills, Program Director, Power 104 FM
""Tourist step up to the plate and hit the ball out of the park - these guys know how to Rock!""
Tom Harrison, Music critic, The Vancouver Province
""...Tourist is like a supercharged U2.""
""... Newradio wins ""track of the week"" May 24, 2004 in the Reviewer's Pick Awards
Five star material! ""
"" I really like this, and it makes me think of great current bands such as Hoobastank and A Perfect Circle. The vocals are great, and work very good dynamically through verse, bridge and chorus. The mix is also very good; the track is heavy on guitars and they are at the front of the mix together with the vocals - still the low end of the bass and drums are present. The hook reminds me of 80's U2 at their best, but I like this band better! review by Simon Lindgren on Garageband""
The North Shore News
"" ...Tuesday's action on the DKNY concert stage presented a few of our fine local bands - Suspect were good, State of Shock were great but Tourist took control. The band ripped up the stage with solid beats and consummate rock 'n' roll riffs.""
Kings Of A&R
"" Dynamic, emotionally sweeping blend of modern rock and edgy alternative. Sounds like a cross between U2, Our Lady Peace, Fuel, Tool/Chevelle, etc. Lineup is experienced, both as songwriters and on the live circuit and are winners in 2004's The Fox Vancouver SEEDS competition (past winners include Nickelback, Default, Matthew Good), who will include the band on their yearly compilation CD.""
"" If you're into the very nice guitar based modern rock you got to check out this demo EP by the Canadian band Tourist. We got three songs here that even if this is a demo, they're really well performed and produced. To be honest, this feel like a finished product ready to released (at least two of them). Only the last one could need a little refreshing mix, but just a little coz it already sounds good. It's interesting to follow the band in an early stage to see what will happen to them and how far they can go.""
""...the musicianship and songwriting here is top notch, and shows much potential. I would be interested in finding out more about you guys if I worked a major label desk.""
""reminds me of a harder U2 or Radiohead at times. This is a good sounding band. The songs seemed to be written with radio accessibility in mind. Good melodies and solid arrangements.""
""a very interesting hard yet Hot AC/Pop vibe to it. Actually quite unique overall.""
""Strong performances and song craft all around. This is very pro stuff from a band that seems to have a clear vision and direction. Tons of talent. ""
Bill Compeau, Artist Relations -- Firewire Strings
""Very well written, performed and produced material here! This band plays with conviction and accuracy, it is obvious that these guys have alot of experience under their belts. Another great Canadian band to watch for!""
""A rock track that should remain in the top ten slot for at least a year! New Radio features absolutely incredible musicianship, songwriting and production.""
Scout: Colin Lynch about Newradio
4/11/2008 4:00:19 AM
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