The Relevance of Motion

Release date: September 29th 2006
Label: MTM Music
Provided by: Zink Music
Distribution: Bonnier Amigo
Style: Melodic Rock

Rating: 50/100
Reviewed by:
Kenn Jensen
September 3rd 2006

I really don't know what to make of Vancouver based melodic rock band Tourist. 'The Relevance of Motion' is their debut album, and their strange cocktail of modern, almost nu-metal sounding guitars and hard rock melody lines, choirs and choruses makes me kind of frustrated.

If I were a nu metal fan I would be missing the aggressive edge, and as a melodic rock fan I really hate the guitar sound - so the band ends up being uninteresting for both sides. Sure there are some cool melodies here and there, but I don't feel the guitar sound fits the music at all...

But if you are a bit open-minded and like bands like Nickelback or Billy Talent, then I suggest you give them a try... starting with songs like "Jacob's Ladder", "Everytime we Touch" (first single and a song that is being used as the theme song supporting the release of the 1970 reissue of the Converse classic shoe) or the cool ballad "It Just Doesn't Matter".

Recommended: Listen carefully before buying!