The Tea Party-anyone like them?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by The Mock Turtle Regulator, Oct 14, 2001.

  1. "led Zeppelin with Jim Morrison on vocals".
    I saw a few of their videos on UK programme "noisy Mothers" around 94/95, and was wondering if anyone else knew them.

    there's some pretty good bass playing on their stuff- on "The River"-very John Paul Jones-like.
    to add to the Zeppelin comparisons the bassist used a Jazz bass and also a 51 precision á la JPJ.
    recent stuff of theirs like "Heaven coming down" suggests they've gone a bit commercial.
  2. Lovebown


    Jan 6, 2001
    Yep tea party r cool.
    Check out "The Bazzar" , cool song.

  3. yeah, "The Bazaar" was another song shown on Noisy Mothers.
    an odd-time signature song, with a drop-D bassline played with a pick.
  4. Valdronius


    Aug 18, 2000
    I really like the tea party.
    I saw them live this summer in Newfoundland and it rocked!

    There was no bass on their ?first album 'Transmission', but I still like songs like Temptation and Psychopomp.
  5. Yeah, they are a great band. Hoping to see them live.
  6. I saw them live, in Windsor. The bassist was pretty much "the other guy in the band." Great band, though.
  7. Old thread but, hey.

    The Tea Party rock! There first two (well official) albums were Splendor Solis and Edges of Twilight. I saw them in concert in TO when they toured for the second and they were crazy. The bassist uses a lot of diff. tunings like CGCG or FBDG and stuff. On Splendor Solis he used more normal tunings and had some pretty good basslines. Those two albums are great, some of my favs. After that i stopped listening (Temptation was decent at best). Yeah, Zepp with morrison on vocals is pretty accurate, live you used to hear every detail of the music and it was better than the albums, they've gone downhill from everybody playing random instruments (they learned to play from gypsys) to more electronic stuff. Turn the Lamp Down Low, Bazzar, The River and Save Me were great.

    That is all
  8. I wasn't a huge fan of em but I saw them live in September at my school, and they rocked.
  9. Coutts_is_god

    Coutts_is_god Guest

    Dec 29, 2003
    Windsor, Ont, Canada
    I saw them live in june.
    1 of the best Canadian bands around.
  10. lildrgn


    Jul 11, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    Bump for an old TTP thread.

    I found a copy of Seven Circles. What a rip! Riffs. Heavy production. Tons of bottom end. Killer stuff. Look it up.
  11. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    I used to love 'em, then I saw them play at that Toronto SARS concert on they were terrible. Singer got fat and sucked that day, and there was no bassist. ***, mate?
  12. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    "Heros to Zeros" - in the space of one TB thread!! :D

    "Your 15 minutes has gone!"

    (PS - never heard of them, personally)
  13. Uhm...okaaaay :/ well firstly, yes they did suck, but most of the midday bands did because they werent setup really well, the sound was bad and even THEY looked dehydrated (Sam Roberts looked like he walked through the Sahara). I was front and centre and the bassist WAS there...he was to the drummer's right hand side tucked away...he had a fender J, black with tortoise pickguard if i remember correctly. He's a great bassist.

    Their stuff after Splendor Solis and Edges of Twilight, once again, hasn't been too great...
  14. are they Canadian? never new...

    does anyone know, have they released anything new since Tryptich?

    They are actually one of the very few bands that I have the whole (as far as I know) collection in originals.

    very good band... though not very widely known.

    the only cd I dont like much is splendor solis...
  15. DaftCat


    Jul 26, 2004
    Medicine Hat
    The Interzone Mantras was released in 2001.
    Seven Circles was released in 2004.

    I saw them live at Calgary Stampede last summer.
  16. Coutts_is_god

    Coutts_is_god Guest

    Dec 29, 2003
    Windsor, Ont, Canada
    There from my hometown. They went to the highschool my highschool hates in football. The place where I go for lesson the owner of the place is related to the lead singer somehow.

    Yeah, his not fat anymore.
  17. Yeah I like em. My buddy's bands latest cd was produced by Jeff Martin, the singer.
  18. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    Jeff's actually a very nice guy. I was fortunate enough to get backstage tickets a couple of years ago at one of their Sydney shows. It was one of those nights where Jeff's throat was a little sore and raspy. To make it worse, a major radio station had turned up with their recording truck to make a live recording of the gig for later broadcast. I actually spent the night continuously moving from the truck to the side of stage. Jeff took it all in his stride. He was apparently worried but he certainly didn't show it. Though he spent more time than usual warming up his voice and strumming his acoustic guitar. That was a show in itself for those of us lucky to hear it coming from hiss dressing room.

    Jeff had 2 Les Pauls on stage. He changed between them for every song. While he played one, his guitar tech tuned the other one for whatever song was comming next. Partly because some of his songs used alternate tunings, and partly because Jeff's ears are so good that even a slightly out of tune guitar drives him crazy.

    Stuart is an interesting character. Very quiet. Played bass for one song, and used organ pedals for the low end on the rest. He consideres himself a keyboard player so I guess that's fair enough. I must say as a bass player it wasn't ideal to listen to, but it did the job. As a musician I found myself focusing more on Jeff anyway. And for the non musically inclined, it's definitely one of those bands where you're listening to them as a whole.

    I wish I'd taken my own camera. My girlfriend at the time suggested we only take one - hers...... so I don't have the photo's to show you.

    Here's the kicker. The live show is excellent. So much so I've been back to see them a few times since. However, the recordings don't do them justice IMO. I actually don't listen to their CD's because I consider them a mere shadow of what I've seen them do live.

    If you can, go see them.