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Tourist started as a conversation between Blaine Braun and Mark Radloff, Blaine had just finished with TWIST( modern rock act that had featured former members of platinum selling ECONOLINE CRUSH) and Mark had just come off the road with MORINIG MAKER. This was the beginning of TOURIST.
While in the midst of the first demo, Mark starting talking to Greg Whitbeck from MORNING MAKER. Greg laid down some tracks on the first batch of songs. Without ever having played a live show those first songs from TOURIST had them selected as a 2004 Vancouver's 99.3 CFOX SEEDS winner, joining former winners, NICKLEBACK, DEFAULT.
With a huge sound and great songs, the band was landing gigs opening for bands such as The Offspring, Billy Talent, Thornley, Finger Eleven, Clutch and others. Management was acquired, and tours followed, the discussions with labels and booking agents began. There was a buzz happening.
After watching two record deals disappear due to mergers, many bands may have called it quits. Instead, the guys played more shows wrote more songs and continued to make new friends. One of those was Mike Fraser (AC/DC, SLIPKNOT, METALLICA). Mike loved the band but the was busy for months so they decided to start making the record themselves. After recruiting Mark Henning the fun began, fast forward a couple of months. The band sits down to discuss mix, talk centers around Mike. When Blaine and Mike talk... a cancellation has given Mike a free week and he's available to mix the record.
Mix was done at the Warehouse in Vancouver. Shortly after the recording, the band finds a permanent drummer with Bob Wagner from ECONOLINE CRUSH. More live performances follow, and along with a tour for the BUDWEISER TRUE MUSIC series the band continues to work towards building a bigger fan base and developing their live show. Tourist' debut "The Relevance Of Motion" available throughout Europe and South America on Sept 29, 2006 on MTM MUSIC. Available worldwide through ITUNES and CDBABY.