Dark, dreamy and atmospheric: new album from Torquay's Tourists
We kicked back with two of Tourists - Jamie Giles and Tom Wilkinson - to chat about their upcoming new album, performing at Glastonbury and the influences of living in south devon. Watch the interview 👇
This five-piece band from Torquay have had national recognition with the support of Hue Stephens, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Introducing: leading Jamie, Tom, Scott, Matthew, and Lloyd to play their dream gig at Glastonbury Festival in 2017. After a couple of years off writing and producing new music, Tourists have used Glastonbury as a platform and are back with new music. We met-up with Tourists at Offshore Torquay to chat about their new album and to listen to live tracks at this live music venue by the sea.
"We got offered the Glastonbury set, which was a dream come true. That's my favourite place in the whole world… we couldn't have played that set any better". - Tom Wilkinson, Tourists.
"It felt like Glastonbury was the start of something rather than the pinnacle; this is a platform now for us to build upon and progress." Jamie Giles, Tourists.
Two years down the line and Tourists are back and warming to up to release their debut album:
"I think the general theme for the album is quite dark, dreamy and atmospheric." - Jamie Giles, Tourists.
The band wanted to record the album in a relaxed environment that allowed them to focus purely on the music and not to have to worry about aspects like studio expenses. They pulled it off and managed to record the entire album at their rehearsal space in Torquay. The band then went on to work with the Producer Daniel Schlett at Strange Weather studios in Brooklyn New York, who had previously worked with some of their favourite artists.
“He’s (Daniel Schlett) mixed the album and totally nailed what we’re after in terms of like the sound” - Tom Wilkinson, Tourists.
“When I listen to it, it just feels like that’s how we sound live and that’s what we always wanted… we’re really proud of it” - Jamie Giles, Tourists.
The new material still has that dream-pop feel, but mixed with an immersive post-punk attitude that keeps Tourists standing out from the crowd. A combination of exciting production, enchanting vocals, dreamy instrumentals by raw instruments, and subtle nods to their hometown… this album is sure to be loved by fans old and new.