You would be forgiven for thinking that Tourist is the next Nickelback sound-alike, coming as they do from Vancouver and winning 2004’s The Fox Vancouver SEEDS competition-following Nickelback, Default and Matthew Good in previous years. The similarity ends here. Tourist is far more diverse and aurally dynamic than their Canadian kissing cousins, preferring to explore rather than regurgitate the tried and tested post-grunge hard rock formula. Local radio agrees, with several songs taking pride of place on their rock rosters.
Tourist competently mix 80’s hook lines reminiscent of U2 and Tears for Fears with pedal to the floor drumming and gut pulsing guitar more in tune with the modern rock currently finding success in the Billboard charts. From the huge stadium rock bruisers ‘Everytime We Touch’ and ‘Throwing Stones’ through to the U2isms of ‘LRT’ or the Splender-like ‘Nothing Between Us’ Tourist prove that in ‘The Relevance of Motion’ they have a modern hard rock album that more that fights its corner against any of the more established acts currently finding favour with the record buying public.
The album is available at touristband.com