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