The Tourorists is a musical project founded in Lisbon, Portugal by emigrants Communistopher Gomez (from the Bronx and the former Soviet Union) and Fodasse O’Neil (from Cork, Ireland) circa 2017.
In 2018, The Tourorists started performing their original material at various small venues and open mics around Lisbon. Later that year, their non-emigrant friend (Lisbon native but also former Seattle resident) and host of ‘Shaka’s Open Mic at Camones CineBar’ Shaka Khannot, somewhat impressed, joined the band.
By 2019, The Tourorists were writing and performing live around Lisbon as a trio, consistently, thus gathering a small but dedicated local and international following.
The global pandemic of 2020 saw the full fruition of the band. Throughout the countless two-week lockdowns of the next two years, The Tourorists wrote and performed prolifically, playing soldout (and other) shows at such Lisbon venues as Arroz Estudios, Camones CineBar, Crafty Corner, O’Gilin’s Irish Pub, BOTA, Burrikornio, This Is Lisbon Hostel, Com Calma, and NucleoA70 (plus one back garden in Santiago de Guarda).
By late 2020 — thanks to proceeds from the above shows, friends, family, fans, and a successful crowdfunding campaign — The Tourorists were able to record their first official EP: ‘Enhanced Interrogation in a Fun-Sized Can.’ It was released globally, in digital and analog form, on Valentine’s Day 2021.
By Christmas 2021, The Tourorists successfully recorded their second EP, which is set to be released in April 2022.
Meanwhile, the band continues pushing musical boundaries and playing live throughout Lisbon, with plans to tour nationally and internationally later this year.