Release date: February 2010
Tourist History is the debut studio album by Northern Ireland band Two Door Cinema Club. It was released on 26 February 2010 in Ireland, 1 March in the United Kingdom on Kitsuné Music, and 27 April in the United States on Glassnote Records. The band announced the details of their album on 1 January 2010 in an interview with NME. The idea for the album title "Tourist History" came from the popularity of their hometown Bangor among tourists, and of their own travels as Two Door Cinema Club.
The band recorded the album at Eastcote Studios in London with Elliot James during July 2009. The band were recording in the studio adjacent from Duran Duran. The album was mixed at Phillipe Zdar's recently built studio, Motorbass. Two Door Cinema Club are the second band to use the recently constructed studio, the first being Phoenix, who were recording their Grammy Award-winning album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. During the mixing process, Zdar reportedly found it hard to understand the band's Northern Irish accents over the first couple of days. Of working with Two Door Cinema Club, Zdar said to NME, "Their stuff was already tight - I was just able to give big bass, big highs, and something a bit large! They are completely crazy about music - there is not one hour when they don't listen or download something from a blog. They remind me of when I was a teenager." The album was mastered by Mike Marsh at the Exchange in London.