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Topic: The Tea Party
Posted By: wiggy
Subject: The Tea Party
Date Posted: July 16 2005 at 04:39

i d just like to know if anyone here has heard of them?

would you class them as prog?

i think that they are the best new (by me personally) discovery in years

i went to see queensryche about 3 years ago and the tea party were the support band

and IMO were better

worth a listen if you like rush led zeppelin type music

Posted By: barbs
Date Posted: July 16 2005 at 06:13

I got The Edges of Twilight (1995) for my son about 18 months ago. Lead singer(Martin) sounds like a modern day Jim Morrison. Very charismatic except I think he has a better voice than Jim.

Apparently they have metamorphised a number of times. The album I have heard is pretty mellow.
I would need to listen to more of their albums to make a decision wether I think they are prog or not but what I have heard so far is very moreish. Lots of different styles and musical cultures included in their music and on the album I have, they don't overdo it. Excellent guitar and some great integration of eastern, celtic and even cujon coming out in some songs. 

Perhaps you could give a bit of a rundown of what you know about their stuff and from what you know about them, why you think they might be prog.

You should get a good response from the Canadian contingent on the forum. Martin comes from Windsor in Ontario.

Thanks for reminding me about that album. I must get some of their stuff for myself.


Posted By: Hammill
Date Posted: July 16 2005 at 06:35
tea party are is the only band along with kingdom come that pass you through their music some of the magic zeppelin had in the 70s.


Posted By: barbs
Date Posted: July 16 2005 at 09:20

Just been listening to Sister Awake. Awesome song.

They sound like their music could be described as 'rock mystic'.


Posted By: Hangedman
Date Posted: July 16 2005 at 10:19
there is a sharp decline in the last two albums material wise (especially the last release), but their early stuff is great. My personal favourites are the  self titled debut, and Transmission. Definetly worth checking out if your a prog rock fan. (my favourite song by them btw is psychopomp)

Posted By: wiggy
Date Posted: July 16 2005 at 16:49

I do have all their albums and do agree that the last 2 are not as good

sister awake is an exellent track best on the album

Tryptic is probably my favourite by them the track SAMSARA is exellent



Posted By: bartok
Date Posted: July 17 2005 at 10:36

The debut is called "Splendor Solace".  There's a self-titled Indie cd that precedes it, but it's impossible to find.

My favorite is "The Bazaar", from Edges of Twilight.

I do consider them "progressive" due to their use of eastern scales and modes, and the fact that almost every Tea Party song is in a unique guitar tuning.

Posted By: Cygnus
Date Posted: July 27 2005 at 01:59

Posted By: gr8dane
Date Posted: July 27 2005 at 09:24

Ahh them Tea Party.I used to work with them(Martin and Chatwin) in the same restaurant in their humble beginnings.Lots of fun.Saw them in small clubs when half their material would be Zep songs.

I requested 'Hot Dog' once.Those were the days.

Got a poster from then also.

Am not in touch with them at all,and have not seen them in eons.Maybe next time they play a small gig.I think they got the opening gig for Def Leppard soon.

But yes,they do make good and unique music,no doubt about it.

Posted By: GoldenSpiral
Date Posted: July 27 2005 at 09:33
wow, tea party!  I listened to them many years ago.  when I saw this thread I knew i had heard the band but I couldnt place it.  now I cant even think of the song I knew, but I remember it being good.  what were their famous songs?  any available mp3's?

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Posted By: wiggy
Date Posted: July 27 2005 at 16:05

got a link to the site -

Posted By: GoldenSpiral
Date Posted: July 27 2005 at 16:20

Heaven Coming Down!

thats the song!  I havent heard it in years I cant remember what it sounds like.

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