Ohhhh...that Tea Party. :wink:
Found this article and thought me and the Dreamer might get up on what's up and coming before the rest of the Americans.
I'll be looking for the CD. They do sound like something to get excited about, jonathan.
( Notice where Martin says the Aussies have very good taste in music.
Ask any fan of Canadian rock to describe Jeff Martin, the frontman of The Tea Party, and the adjectives used might include "dark," "gloomy," "brooding," and anything involving black clothing. But these days, they might be surprised to find a happier, more content Jeff Martin and one whose life goals are simple:
"I want to be a kind, decent person, play some terrifying rock 'n' roll music, and enjoy my life to the fullest," he says.
And it looks like he?s making good on all three counts. With the new album, Seven Circles, due out on August 17 and the first single "Writing?s On The Wall" currently making its way up the charts, the stage seems set for The Tea Party to return after a two-year calm. There are already plans in the works to tour Canada in the fall, followed by Australia in November (in regards to their popularity Down Under, Martin quips: "The Australians have very good taste in music."), and then Europe and the United States in the new year. They?re saving the States for last, though, because of what Martin refers to as "something brewing in the cauldron that?s going to have a very big impact on the Tea Party?s visibility in America" (that would be The Tea Party working with ex-Creed singer Scott Stapp on his solo album).
So along with this added exposure, will Seven Circles be the album to break The Tea Party in the American market? Martin shrugs calmly.
"If we were to do America, we?d do it on our own terms, and no one is going to tell us what we?re supposed to sound like, to compromise ourselves, to conform to this or that," he says. "The three of us have to be the ones who have to be onstage and believe in what we?re doing."
However, "America" and "conformity" seem to go hand in hand, especially in regards to the world of popular music. But Martin is firm in his resolve that The Tea Party will keep on refusing to conform to musical trends.
"We?re at a point now in our career where we make music because we want to, not because we have to," he says. "Which is what everyone should do ? make music because you want to. But a lot of people are very attracted to fame and success. And one of the biggest problems in Canada, especially with young bands, is that they want to mimic the success stories of what?s happening in America. Rather than taking that path, we?ve always been a band that comes from a place we believe in. I?ve just always thought that we?re leaders, not followers."