It was in the back of my friend Ryan’s car on the way to crew practice that I first heard Irish band Two Door Cinema Club’s single “What You Know” for the first time. Everyone and their mom knows the song to some degree nowadays, but six years ago it was still on the up and up, even if the album was already a year old.
Fast-forward to today and I’m forever grateful to Ryan for introducing me to the album that would become such an integral part of my life.
There’s no weak link in Tourist History. At all.
From the first note of “Cigarettes in the Theatre” to last line of “You’re Not Stubborn,” every song on the trio’s studio debut album is forever ingrained in my memory and associated with the rickety ups and downs of my teenage years.
The best song on the album and my favorite, “Something Good Can Work,” begins with an eccentric blend of guitar and synth, and swiftly moves into the song's meat- the vocals of Alex Trimble, my favorite baby-faced musician.
Tourist History’s sound blends modern pop with alternative rock, and a flair of indie flair, that harkens back to the band’s beginnings. All throughout high school, this album was my comfort, serving as both the perfect study music and the soothing soundtrack for a laid back afternoon.
Chances are if you see me walking around on campus here at UF, I’m listening to this album. Sometimes I’ll switch it up and listen to their other albums Beacon and Gameshow, which are both great albums, but I’ve never been one for change.
The fact that it's only 10 songs long, is one of mankind’s greatest tragedies. What does a girl have to do to get some 13-song LP’s from her favorite band around here?
Music plays a more significant role in my life than I imagine it does for most. Forget stuffing my face with ice cream when I’m feeling sad— it’s music, and music alone, that get’s me back on my feet, ready to tackle the day. Tourist History has proved the ultimate pick-me-up.
Many of the songs on Tourist History are upbeat and catchy, emphasizing the need to face the challenges right in front of you, e.g. “Eat That Up, It’s Good For You,” a favorite based on the title alone.
Other songs on the album, like “This is The Life” and “Do You Want It All?” weave a story about coming to terms with yourself and your place in the world using Trimble’s lovely lyrics and Sam Holiday’s infectious guitar solos as thread.
In everyone’s life, there’s one go-to album that is sure to make you feel better no matter the time or place. Whenever you hear it, you’re transported to a happier place, free from life’s problems and woes, wholly immersed in the music.
That’s Tourist History for me: an indie rock escape from the humdrum of young adulthood, a reminder of a simpler time when I didn’t have to worry about rent, résumés or rec letters.
Thank you, Two Door Cinema Club, for creating this album seven years ago and giving me the best 36 minutes of music a girl could ask for.
- Kathleen Frost