Happy 8th birthday Tourist History!
Happy 8th birthday Tourist History! avatar

Hi all,

Today marks the 8th anniversary of the release of Tourist History! On the 1st of March 2010 the band’s debut album was released in the UK by Kitsune and signed by Glassnote records (however was released earlier in Japan and Ireland, and as late as the 27th of April in America). Either way, it can be agreed it has been a long period of time, so here’s a reminder what was happening to the band in 2010!

Recorded in Eastcote Studios in London with Eliot James in July 2009 before being mixed in Phillipe Zadar’s newly opened studio was a result from Zadar seeing the bands potential after watching them perform in a small venue in Paris. Zadar also mentions how enjoyable working with the band was, despite struggling to understand their Irish accents in an interview with NME: “Their stuff was already tight—I was just able to give big bass, big highs and something a bit large! They are completely crazy about music—there is not one hour when they don’t listen or download something from a blog. They remind me of me when I was a teenager.”

In the two years following the release, the band performed headline tours in the UK, Asia, and America twice, alongside numerous festival appearances worldwide. Alex says the bands performance at the main stage at Reading festival is very special to him, admitting that he went speechless words into the opening song, What You Know because he was overwhelmed and amazed by the size of the audience:

While touring the world, the band also had an appearance on the American late-night talk show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, on the 18th of January 2011 performing the song, What You Know, which later became their biggest hit off the record. Other hit singles from the album include Something Good Can Work, I Can Talk, Come back Home and Undercover Martyn which all feature individual music videos.

The album reached first on the Irish Independent Album Chart and peaked at 24th on the UK album chart in May 2011, aligning with and leading the surge in popularity of accessible indie pop/rock scene at the time. By July 2013, Tourist History was certified platinum (over 300,000 sales) by the British Phonographic Industry. As of November 2016, the band has sold over 340,542 copies in the UK alone.

A documentary by BabySweet about the lead up of the release of the album, You Think You Know, You Don’t Know was also released! I definitely recommend to watch this documentary, it really sums up the best parts of the Tourist History era effectively, covering the band, music scene and Basement People in 2010.

Tourist History was nominated as Best Album and the band was nominated as Best New Band for the NME awards in 2011, and won the Breaking Woodie award from mtvU in the same year.

Tourist History also was the winner of the Choice Music Prize in March 2011. The band selflessly donated the £10,000 prize money to Abaana, a Northern Ireland Charity based in Bangor, their hometown.

If you haven’t yet, I recommend listening to the album again tonight to celebrate the 8th anniversary of this beautiful album!

Talk soon Basement People 🙂


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