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Michael Barrow & The Tourists
“‘I want to be something new … So take the pieces of my broken heart and make yourself a work of art and let me be something new for you.’ That upbeat verse, culled from the title track of Michael Barrow & The Tourists‘ EP Something New, conveys the kind of unyielding optimism that’s clearly needed now more than ever. Still, those who have followed the band over the course of its career also recognize it as a tack this Provo-based band has pursued since early on.
Originally formed in the spring of 2016, the group—Barrow (vocals, guitar), Mark Lanham (guitar), Zach Collier (keys), Alessandro Improta (bass) and Reed Perkins (drums)—established its sensibility with the release of their widely heralded debut album, Juneau, and its successor, Santa Barbara Sessions. Something New continues to spawn upbeat arrangements and solid song craft, all while mining instant accessibility.