Nick Galvan.

Palm Desert-based band Tourists is fairly new to the local music scene—but the group has already won over fans with their live show and mix of pop and rock. Debut single “Pace Yourself,” released late 2022, features heavy yet melodic guitars rolling over complex backbeats, with frontman Nick Galvan’s vocals providing power and pop-influence at the same time. Their debut self-titled EP was released May 19. Find out more at Galvan is the latest to take the Lucky 13; here are his answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

I grew up pretty sheltered, but there was a band onstage at church every Sunday. My first official concert might have been Switchfoot.

What was the first album you owned?

Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Cafuné, Arctic Monkeys, Deftones … I’m all over the place.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Those songs at weddings where everyone dances the exact same moves. So cringe.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

I’d love to see a band from overseas, like The Pillows or Asian Kung-Fu Generation.

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What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

J-rock. Not a lot of people know about it, and associate it with anime, but the music has a lot of Western roots that make it feel like a response to music I’ve heard throughout my life.

What’s your favorite music venue?

I haven’t been to a lot of music venues, but here in the desert, I love the Four Twenty Bank, and Pappy and Harriet’s.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream …”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Gorillaz. The hybrid of music to animation, from music videos to stories. There was something for everyone, and all my friends would unite over this band.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

Flea: Can you give my bass player some lessons?

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Wind, “Akeboshi.”

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

This question genuinely stressed me out. Young the Giant, their self-titled first album.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Pace Yourself” by Tourists.

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Matt King is a freelance writer for the Coachella Valley Independent. A creative at heart, his love for music thrust him into the world of journalism at 17 years old, and he hasn't looked back. Before...

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