Canadian three piece The Tea Party are one of those acts that require very little introduction to Australian rock music audiences. The band, as well as their charismatic front man Jeff Martin, have incessantly toured the length of breadth of the country over many years, culminating last year with two spellbinding performances in Sydney and Melbourne accompanied by a full orchestra.
During the mid 90s The Tea Party released a sequence of well received albums that firmly established them as both Triple J staples and as a colossal live music force. And at the centre of it all was Martin, channelling his inner rock gods Robert Plant and Jim Morrison.
And on the occasion of the 20 year anniversary of the Tea Party’s highly revered fourth studio record, ‘Transmission’, Thursday 9 November sees the band perform the album in its entirety within the elegant confines of The Tivoli, in Fortitude Valley. The album reached number three on the Australian music charts, achieving double platinum status off the back of epic fan favourites ‘Temptation’, ‘Release’, ‘Psychopomp’, ‘Emerald’ and the records title track.
At the time of Transmission’s initial release in 1997, the band were very much at the peak of both their creative powers and commercial popularity. While still maintaining The Tea Party’s penchant for seamlessly amalgamating the more grandiose elements of rock, blues and world music, ‘Transmission’ saw them stretch their wings to also incorporate elements of electronica and a harder edged, industrial vibe. Edgy and dark in subject matter, Martin described the lyrical themes as such: “we went into the deepest, darkest depths to bring back the light.”
The Tea Party will be taking these shows all around the country as part of their #TX20 Tour, having already wowed Canadian and American audiences with their pomp and spectacle earlier in the year. And as an added bonus, the band will perform a greatest hits set at the conclusion of the Transmission album performance, making this a show that any self-respecting rock music fan won’t want to miss.
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The Tea Party hit The Tivoli on Thursday 9 November. Tickets through Ticketmaster.