I just knew THE TEA PARTY from their name until this day. I’ve heard often, that they would be a good band, but I couldn’t convince myself until now. As I received their latest album “Seven Circles“, I was fervent already after the first listening.
The Canadians sounded to me like a mixture of FUEL, KING’S X and the DEWIN TOWNSEND BAND. That means, a mixture of Alternative, Rock, Metal and relaxing atmosphere. The musical base of THE TEA PARTY is made at first of all out of fat guitar riffs and a powerful, grooving bass and not less grooving drums. They are joined by keyboards and effect sound (stringed instruments, etc.), which stay at the background for most of the time, but they create a proper sound carpet. When I’m listening to “Stargazer” for example, it is strongly suggestive of DEVIN TOWNSEND’s album “Biomech”. Vocalist Jeff Martin has a great voice, which fits to the harder chunks like “Writing’s On The Wall“ as well to the melodious numbers like the smooth piece “The Watcher”. The Band offers really a lot of variety and they attend to create goose-skin on my body with their dreamy pieces as well with their harder songs. There is no weak piece under the eleven Songs; and the more you’re listening to those numbers, the more will be to discover for you and the more they’ll stick on you. My personal faves are the aforementioned songs, just as “Wish You Would Stay“, which has been complemented through a female vocalist. The sound has got a hell of a lot of power, allthough the album has been produced by Bob Rock, who has also perpetrated METALLICA’s “St. Anger”. Moreover there have been a certain Gavin Brown and vocalist Jeff Martin responsible for the production.
For my taste “Seven Circles” is throughout a good and various Rock album, which accompanies the best elements of Alternative, Rock and Metal with lots of melody and well sung vocals to a smooth powermix. Who likes the aforementioned bands, should check out THE TEA PARTY. I for myself will check out the entire catalogue (“Seven Circles” is already the seventh album of the band) of those guys, ‘cause the music of the Canadians is really enjoyable.
Check-out tips: “Stargazer”, “The Watcher”, “Wish You Would Stay”, “Writing’s On The Wall” (Online May 10, 2006)