Gig Review: The Tea Party

Reformed band The Tea Party are seasoned showmen. Despite the long break – they broke up in 2005 due to creative differences – their two hour performance on July 21st at the Hordern Pavilion proved that the band is – in Martin’s own words – “back for good”.

As a relative newbie to all things The Tea Party, and having only heard Triptych, Transmission, and a few select songs from their other albums, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Whatever I thought, I was taken aback by the sheer power and charm of Jeff Martin’s hypnotic voice. Only stopping once or twice to sip water or change guitars – I lost count after the fourth change, the alluring frontman lulled the audience into sweet submission with his Jim Morrison-esque vocals and persona, his personal anecdotes only used to pave the way into the next song.

Highly recogniseable songs included: “The Halcyon Days”, “Save Me”, “Sun’s Going Down” and a few well placed covers including a heartfelt rendition of Jeff Buckley’s “Grace”. The encore performance was amazing in itself, and consisted of a medley of “Sister Awake”, The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black” and a few others thrown in for good measure.

With clear cut Middle Eastern influences shining through each song, powerful vocals, and passionate instrumental synergy, it looks as though The Tea Party have settled their differences, and are here to stay.



~ by lechatnoirmon on July 24, 2012.

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