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"Tourist formed in late 2000 and while not yet a household name, seem poised on the brink of Indie-rock greatness. The impressive debut album a fresh collection of British tinged rock songs."

- Natasha Francois, New Zealand Musician, Oct 2006


"I've lived with the beautiful new disc you sent for several weeks now (at home, in the car and at the office), and I must say you REALLY have an incredible piece of work there! Very, strong song writing, remarkable performance, truly inventive production and a very healthy attitude! Simply put; One of the best discs in the genre I've heard in a long, long time!"

- Peter Holmstead, Entertainment Network (Sweden), Oct 2006


"With their impressive debut album Minutes Last For Years, recorded in Cardiff by a producer who has worked with some of the biggest names in the British rock scene; their publishing held by an American company; and interest from Europe—they seem to be doing something very right. One listen to their powerful album—launched at the Kings Arms this October—and it is easy to hear how they could be accepted by both Indie-rock and mainstream audiences."

- Graham Reid, View Auckland, Oct 2006


"Hard working Auckland rock band Tourist have released their debut album Minutes Last for Years. A highly polished rock outing for a band destined for great things. Mature melodies and harmonies meld together on these anthems creating a cerebral experience as well as a toe tapping one! Recorded both here in NZ and in Wales, Minutes Last for Years is a well sculpted album. Well worth a peek."

- NZ MUSIC, Oct 2006


"The best way to describe their sound is to take one dose of U2 (the early era), mix it with Manic Street Preachers and add a touch of that typical 'down under' sound of Aussie rock. There's a certain feeling going through the whole album with a mood that the band has managed to capture within the recordings of these 11 songs, the music feels close with a nerve that you can almost touch and that's a good sign because music is an art which is all about moving people. I hope other reviewers won't accuse them as being Coldplay clones because Tourist are more than just your average pop/rock band in the Coldplay vein, their debut contains 41 minutes that will last for years."

- Kaj Roth, Melodic.net (Sweden), Oct 2006


"Tourist's first full-length album is solid, original, fully rocking. Produced by Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, The Feelers, Pluto), these four young Aucklanders have only been together since 2000, but sound like they've been playing hard out for decades." - Shelley Howells, AIR NEW ZEALAND MAGAZINE, Nov 2006


"Produced in an effort spanning from Cardiff (Wales) to Auckland’s York Street Studios, Tourist’s debut album is a labour of love that is immediately evident from its first lush chords. Embracing a sweeping and ethereal sound, 'Minutes Last For Years' does indeed have an international feel that propels the band from its North Shore roots. The production of the album is impressive on the Trident TSM40 mixing desk and frontman Peter Rudd was nominated as a finalist in this year’s International Songwriting Competition for the single Do You Feel The Cold? from Tourist’s previous EP. A sterling effort given the competition received over 15,000-odd entries! The first single off the new album, 'Did You Kill Your Love', is a toe-tapper from way back. Tight and slick with hints of Coldplay, this album won’t be available until the end of October. But, it will be well worth the wait!

- Erena Hodgkinson, TEARAWAY, Oct 2006


"When I first had a listen to Tourist I really enjoyed the single Do You Feel the Cold? – it had a great rhythm and was really tight. Tourist are a fresh New Zealand band that I have confidence in getting very big because they are so original – it’s not every day you hear a rock band playing with an organ as they do on the track Island Song. The great thing about Tourist is that they are very soft and easy, the type of music you can listen to ANY where, any time. The only down side is that at times it does get a little bit whingy and whiny, but like most great bands they get up and over it quickly and start to focus on the rock n’ roll. Tourist play from the heart, with a passion. The best tracks on this CD would have to be Do You Feel the Cold? And Free Your Mind, because they are the kind of songs you and your mates can listen to and sing-a-long to on rainy days. In the end it’s a great new Kiwi band that I predict will go far."

- Rip It Up


"You may recognise the name from a few live bills and they certainly have kept themselves busy over the last four years....it's the second EP from Auckland quartet Tourist. Do You Feel the Cold? is a strong, self-released cluster of tracks displaying the musical abilities of the band and their natural ear for melody and composition. The title track was produced by Welshman Greg Haver, who's worked with some top-notch (welsh) artists: Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia, Super Furry Animals, and has already made an impression on the edgier end of commercial radio, which is justified but by no means to be taken for granted. The following four tracks don't let the side down either, the gentle 'Island Song' and the pastoral rock rock of 'This Town', if not standing out then at least helping to back-up the bands sturdy statement." - Real Groove Magazine


“Tourist have received extensive airplay with their Coldplayesque single Do You Feel the Cold on the bNet and on Channel Z. They received a NZ On Air recording grant, as well as a video grant for the song, and were one of the first bands to take advantage of the Positively Wellington Business scheme, receiving an additional $1500 for filming their video in the capital city. They plan to take their music to the masses over summer and with two EPs behind them (the first 'Beginning of the World' was released in 2002), and an album planned for early next year, they have a lengthy set list. "We're looking at playing at just about anything and everything we can get," says Ranger. For now the goal is to get their EP out there and "...sell as many as we possibly can." Visit to purchase the EP - it comes highly recommended.”

- New Zealand Musician Magazine


Discography

Beginning Of The World EP (2002)
Do You Feel The Cold? EP (2004)
Minutes Last For Years (2006)

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Tourist arise from Auckland New Zealand. Playing distinctively original songs, the band has defined a brave new sound unique for this part of the world. Their rare ability to intertwine infectious melodic subtleties and stadium-ready anthems demonstrate a group well beyond their years. The quartet featuring Peter J Rudd (vocals, guitar) Rob Ranger (bass, vocals) Scott Gamble (guitar) and Simon de Vere (drums), have their debut album entitled ‘Minutes Last For Years’. This record will become the hypnotic soundtrack people can’t shake from their minds.

Their debut album was recorded at Stir Studios, in the cold wet streets of Cardiff, Wales and at York Street Studios, amongst the warm wet streets of Auckland, New Zealand. ‘Minutes Last For Years’ was produced by award winning UK producer Greg Haver who has worked with international artists such as Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia, Super Furry Animals, Mel C and New Zealand acts The Feelers and Pluto. The resulting sound of this recording is one that is intense and exciting, yet at the same time openly accessible and honest. Peter J Rudd’s unmistakable voice, infectious melodies and thoughtful lyrics atop surging guitars and raunchy, pulsating rhythm section that together forge a masterfully structured debut album of colossal rock songs brimming with classic britpop style and distinct indie flare. Rip It Up magazine recently reviewing the band’s last EP release noted “Tourist are a fresh New Zealand band that I have confidence in getting very big because they are so original.”

'Minutes Last For Years' was recorded on Stir studio's classic Trident TSM40 mixing desk that has history coursing through its wood and wires. Together with its sister desk at Rockfield studios in Wales the Trident has been used to record some amazing records from elite rock and pop artists in the UK including Oasis, Black Sabbath, Catatonia, The Charlatans, The Cult, The Damned, Happy Mondays, Manic Street Preachers, Portishead, Queen, Rush, Super Furry Animals, Stereophonics and The Stone Roses. Parts of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" were recorded through the Trident desk. 

Tourist was established in bass player Rob Ranger’s flat in late 2000 with co-founder and vocalist/songwriter Peter J Rudd after they had returned from explorations overseas. Tourist solidified their current four piece line up and in June 2002 independently released their limited edition CD EP 'Beginning of the World.' Featuring five tracks the debut EP received recognition both locally and overseas with radio stations both in New Zealand and the UK playing various songs. One of the songs from this EP titled “Picture Perfect” was licensed for the last three years for the soundtrack to an extensive Television New Zealand and radio advertisement campaign.

In October 2004 Tourist released their 2nd independent EP titled after the lead single “Do You Feel The Cold?” Real Groove Magazine reviewing the new release described “Do You Feel The Cold? as a strong, self-released cluster of tracks displaying the musical abilities of the band and their natural ear for melody and composition. The first single was recorded with assistance from NZ On Air and produced by Greg Haver. The song was featured on NZ On Air Kiwi Hit Disc 66, a rare feat for an unsigned New Zealand artist and received significant airplay on both commercial and student radio networks around the country, including being play-listed on Kiwi FM (formerly Channel Z) since May 2004 and hitting #1 on Auckland student radio station 95bFM for 4 weeks in October the same year. The single also featured on commercial radio station The Rock’s “Off The Record” show plus a music video screened extensively on nationwide music TV programmes. The band also performed the song live on Top of The Pops in November 2004.

Tourist was recently included on an emerging artist compilation CD for the inaugural MUSEXPO conference held in Los Angeles in May 2005. Subsequently, the nominated track "Do You Feel The Cold?" received airplay on a number of radio stations across North America including KDLD Los Angeles, KEDJ Phoenix, KNRK Portland, WEQX Manchester, VT/Albany, NY and KROG Medford/Ashland. This hit single was also a recent finalist for the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for the Top40/Pop category ahead of 15,000 other entries from around the world.

Tourist are regular performers around New Zealand and have played internationally alongside artists such as Snow Patrol, Evermore, Goldenhorse, Zillionaire, Greg Johnson, Steriogram, The Bleeders, Goodnight Nurse, 48 May, The Heavy Jones Trio and The Fanatics to name a few.

The band has a number of plans this year including the release of their debut full length studio album ‘Minutes Last For Years’ and touring New Zealand and overseas.