BREW’S BET­TER

After ten years since Seven Cir­cles, Cana­dian rock­ers The Tea Party are back and bet­ter than ever with a new al­bum, The Ocean at the End

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When Cana­dian rock­ers The Tea Party re-formed in 2011 there were three things the band needed to ac­com­plish to lead them to their first al­bum in a decade.

“There was a cri­te­ria with that re­union tour,” front­man Jeff Martin says from Syd­ney, which he now calls home.

“The first one was: Can we be that band again? Can we be that pow­er­ful? We proved that and prob­a­bly bet­tered what we were.

“The sec­ond thing was: Can we find that beau­ti­ful friend­ship and that trust that we had with one another? I had to prove to Jeff (Bur­rows, drums) and Stu­art (Chat­wood, bass, key­boards) again that I could be the cap­tain of the ship. Then it just came down to: If we’re go­ing to make a record after all this time that record bet­ter stand up or be bet­ter than any­thing we’ve done in the past. That’s a big call.”

But the new al­bum The Ocean at the End more than stands up – it’s a mon­ster.

While the old sound is there – Martin in­sisted the band not re­peat them­selves.

“The Tea Party is not a ’90s band – it is now and we needed to make that record,” he says. “We needed to prove that to our­selves and the rest of the world that we are now.”

Martin agrees it’s a far cry from the ill-re­ceived 2004 re­lease Seven Cir­cles.

“That wasn’t my band; that was a band that was in­un­dated by too many fac­tors both in­ter­nally and ex­ter­nally. There were lessons learned from that.”

One thing is for sure – no one is mak­ing rock mu­sic like The Tea Party any more.

“There’s still great rock bands out there … yet no one does it like we do it,” Martin says.

Next year marks 20 years for fan favourite record Edges of Twi­light and 25 years as a band but that statis­tic doesn’t scare Martin.

“The Tea Party is like fine wine. We will get bet­ter with age,” he says.

Pic­ture: KATE NUTT

The Tea Party, Jeff Bur­rows, Stu­art Chat­wood and Jeff Martin, back bet­ter than ever.

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