Tourist

Tourist

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Tourist has defined a brave new sound. Peter J Rudd’s unmistakable voice, infectious melodies and thoughtful lyrics atop surging guitars and a pulsating rhythm section that together forge colossal rock songs brimming with classic britpop style and distinct indie flare.

Biography

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.

Lyrics

Do You Feel The Cold?

Written By: Peter J Rudd

The weather burns in you
I can't predict the rain
The silence falls across
Your face turns to blue

I try to raise my voice
Try and lift my hands
Now I can't pretend
I can read you like this map

Do you feel the cold?
Do you feel the cold?
When the rain comes
The rain is gonna come
Its gonna come

I felt the heat today
Felt it burning through
These things always act the same
Like all those TV sitcoms do

You just raise your glass
Toast the tear sky
Now I can't pretend
That it was at least worth a try
It was worth a try

Do you feel the cold?
Do you feel the cold?
When the rain comes
The rain is gonna come

Like all those dreams that pass through me
They would last forever
Suspended in time like a neon light
When we're together
Now I can't say goodbye to what we had

Do you feel the cold?
Do you feel the cold?
Its gonna come Its gonna come

Did You Kill Your Love

Written By: Peter James Rudd

It's a small apartment down the road
That breeds anger so I'm told
But she don't seem to even care
As she sparks up another cigarette

Did you kill your love

CHORUS
Now I cannot understand
How you hold the world in your hands
I cannot comprehend
How you got to be inside his head

VERSE
There's flowers hanging off the bedroom wall
And a key hanging off the bedroom door
But she don't bare to look inside
This room it reminds her of another life
A desperate lie

CHORUS
Now I cannot understand
How you hold the world in your hands
I cannot comprehend
How you got to be inside his head

Would you miss this moment when it comes
Or loose your head just this once, this once

CHORUS
I cannot comprehend
How you got to be inside his head, inside his head
You're inside

Did you kill your love
Did you kill your love
Did you kill your love

Suburban Skies

Written By: Peter J Rudd + Scott Gamble

Underneath suburban sky
A reckless man a helpless wife
Tango to the streets crazy beat
I can see the firelight
I can hear these fireflies
Dancing in the warm summer breeze

Tonight you control my mind
Its alright if you help me
Just help me please

This terror in your eyes divides
A weakness now unfurled inside
I cannot just let this be
I can see the firelight
I can hear these fireflies
Dancing in the warm summer breeze

Tonight you control my mind
Its alright if you help me
Just help me please

Help me please
Help me please

Minutes Last For Years

Written By: Peter James Rudd

VERSE
We're taking sides so that we can find
A borderline we dare not step across

We're choosing words that don't come out right
As you turn away I know I can't change your mind this time

CHORUS
You stare at me through eyes of green
You told me you need me
Did you feel the minutes last for years

As the sky clears your eyes tear
You told me your lonely
Did you feel the minutes last for years

VERSE
The other side didn't feel quite right
Hold me close as we look at the great beyond
Through each others eyes we could identify
As the moon sits low in the night sky tonight
We're alright

CHORUS
You stare at me through eyes of green
You told me you need me
Did you feel the minutes last for years

As the sky clears your eyes tear
You tell me your lonely
Did you feel the minutes last for years

SOLO

You can only be who you are
We can only be what we want to be

As the sky clears your eyes tear
You tell me your lonely
Did you feel the minutes last for years
Did you feel the minutes last for years
Did you feel the minutes last for years

Stranger

Written By: Peter James Rudd

Stranger - Music & Lyrics Peter James Rudd

VERSE
Your beautiful disguise
Could help me lift my eyes
I'm looking through these walls for you

There's a spirit in my hand
That talks to me and says
Man just get right out of here

CHORUS
In the end In the end
Time goes on
This life's not long
Could you be the stranger that I'll fall upon

VERSE
It takes a miracle in me
To sweep you off your feet
I'm trapped inside this lonely room

I can't take this anymore
Am I transparent to you all?
Sister please set me free
You set me free

CHORUS
In the end In the end
Time goes on
This life's not long
Could you be the stranger that I'll fall upon

Could you be the stranger that I'll fall upon

You look so high
In this pale green light
You and I our space our time
Would you like to join me on this ride

Would you like to join me
Would you like to join me
Would you like to join me
In the end

Would you like to join me
Would you like to join me
Would you like to join me
In the end

Would you like to join me
Would you like to join me

A Heart Expecting More

Written By: Peter James Rudd

As you look out from your room
A foreign sunset burns
You cast your eyes to the eastern sky
Where a memory lost returns

And you feel like no one else
Felt like this before
And you know there’s no control
For a heart expecting more

Don’t you know who you are?
Who you are now
Don’t you know who you are?
Who you are now

So you walk out to the night
The city greets you there
You turn your back to your thoughts
Watch your memory disappear

As the world closes in
You’ve felt like this before
And you know there’s no control
For a heart expecting more

Don’t you know who you are?
Who you are now
Don’t you know who you are?
Who you are now

As the sun dissolves the sky
Will you think of me tonight?

Don’t you know who you are?
Who you are now
Don’t you know who you are?
Who you are now

Discography

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

Set List

Example set-list (2006):

SUBURBAN SKIES
THE DISTANT PART
TO BE WHAT YOU'RE NOT
MINUTES LAST FOR YEARS
DID YOU KILL YOUR LOVE
STRANGER
AITKINS DIET
PICTURE PERFECT
FIND YOUR HOME
REFUGEES
DO YOU FEEL THE COLD?
FIGHT FOR OUR OWN DESIGN

Typical Tourist set is around 10-12 songs and a duration of approx 45-60 minutes. This can vary depending on the event the band are performing for.