The Tourist Company has outright rejected the idea of being confined to the limits of one genre or sound. Chalk it up to living in Vancouver that this eclectic group feels far from settled. Their debut full-length album, Apollo, tackles themes of idealism, skepticism, venturing into the unknown, and longing for home. Full of achingly beautiful string arrangements, bright keys juxtaposed against bass synths, and cinematic crescendos, the group doesn’t shy away from the dramatic on their new offering. As experimental as these approaches may be, elements of pop can be found scattered throughout, in songs such as the title track.
“This record is an unashamed concept album and a window into what life has been like these past few years. It’s a weird, spacey window, but a window nonetheless.
For me space exploration is metaphor for the unknown. So much about being a musician nowadays feels like hanging suspended in the atmosphere without any certainty of ever reaching the ground again. It’s an experience filled with exhilaration, accomplishment, separation from those you care about and real disappointments; that’s what this album embodies.
We set out to make something that would define our sound and with the help of some amazingly talented friends we feel like Apollo has done that.”
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Upcoming Tour Dates:
Oct 20 – Edmonton, AB – The Mercury Room
Oct 21 – Calgary, AB – The Gateway
Oct 23 – Winnipeg, MB – The Goodwill
Oct 26 – Thunder Bay, ON – The Foundry
Oct 27 – Sault Ste Marie, ON – Loplops
Oct 28 – North Bay, ON – Raven & Republic
Oct 29 – Ottawa, ON – Avant Garde Bar
Oct 30 – Montreal, QC – Brasserie Beaubien
Nov 2 – Halifax, NS – Gus’s Pub
Nov 3 – Charlottetown, PE – Baba’s Lounge
Nov 5 – Kingston, ON – Clark Hall
Nov 6 – Hamilton, ON – The Casbah
Nov 7 – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe Tavern
Nov 10 – Regina, SK – The Artful Dodger
Nov 12 – Lethbridge, AB – Owl Acoustic Lounge
Nov 18 – Rossland, BC – Flying Steamshovel
Nov 19 – Kelowna, BC – Habitat
Nov 25 – Victoria, BC – The Copper Owl
Nov 26 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret