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The Tea Party @ NEX, Newcastle – June 26, 2019


18 Jul

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The Tea Party @ NEX, Newcastle - June 26, 2019

I’m ashamed to admit it, but this was actually the first time I’d seen The Tea Party live. I’d been into their music since the 1990s and had seen one of Jeff Martin’s incredible solo shows way back in 2010 at Sydney’s The Basement. But I’d never been able to see The Tea Party.

Tonight, I was in for a real treat.

The Tea Party @ NEX, Newcastle - June 26, 2019

The night was opened by local Newcastle ‘Alternative Punk’ four-piece Linear. What lucky little sods they were. While the crowd was still pretty thin for their performance, opening for such an established and respected international group is no small honour.

Linear’s songs were pretty solid and the musicianship was strong, too. However, the vocals let the band down and I’m sure that more than a few punters were left wondering why another of the countless hyper-talented local outfits weren’t chosen in their place.

The Tea Party @ NEX, Newcastle - June 26, 2019

By the time The Tea Party took to the stage a little after 9pm, the NEX Theatre (still quite large despite the flanks being curtained off) had finally filled substantially. Opening with ‘The River’ from Splendor Solis, the band worked its way through a career-defining set that included tracks like ‘The Bazaar’, ‘Psychopomp’, ‘Save Me’, ‘Temptation’ and ‘Sister Awake’. They even managed to squeeze a faithful cover of U2’s ‘With or Without You’ right in the middle of ‘Heaven’s Coming Down’.

The Tea Party @ NEX, Newcastle - June 26, 2019

Despite the years, and Martin’s prodigious and prolific career, his rich baritone roar has lost none of its impact and intensity. He stalks the stage with the swagger of someone who’s been doing it all his life, part Jim Morrison, even larger part Jimmy Page. Yet (and despite the violin bow and double-neck Gibson SG usage) it never feels like pastiche. Martin has made it all part of his DNA and his performance is certainly a large part of the success of tonight’s show (and we’d bet, any Tea Party show).

The Tea Party @ NEX, Newcastle - June 26, 2019

Bassist Stuart Chatwood is pretty restrained on stage. At times switching between bass and a few keyboards and pedals. Drummer Jeff Burrows, complete with Mod hairdo and endlessly chewing gum, is a dynamo on the kit and propels the Tea Party juggernaut ever onward.

The Tea Party @ NEX, Newcastle - June 26, 2019

Together, they make a hell of a racket for a three piece and tonight’s performance does nothing but cement their place in rock history and Australia’s heart. The Canadian band has always done well over here and if the new tracks they played tonight are anything to go by, they will continue to do so for some time to come.

Be sure to keep an eye out for tour dates in 2020 when the band tours on the back of its 30th anniversary.

Live Review: Jeff Martin @ The Basement – Friday May 7, 2010


15 May

Lifemusicmedia.com just uploaded my recent live review of Jeff Martin (The Tear Party/The Armada) at the Basement in Sydney on Friday May 7, 2010. Below is an excerpt from the review and the entire thing can be read by clicking the link below or the image:

There could be no questioning the benefit of decades of live experience when witnessing the marvellous cacophony these two created with little more than a 12-string Maton acoustic and electric bass. There was no awkward opening number and no mix trouble with Martin busting out of his chair with enthusiasm, his powerful baritone ringing loud and clear over the instruments.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REVIEW

Interview: Ben Talks With Jeff Martin (Tea Party) for Lifemusicmedia.com


21 Apr

Here’s the full transcribed version of my interview with Jeff Martin (The Tea Party/The Armada) for LifeMusicMedia.com. If you would prefer to listen to it, the entire interview goes for a little over 14 minutes and can be found at the bottom of the page after the text.

Jeff Martin (JM) spent 15 years fronting iconic Canadian rock group The Tea Party before leaving the country to escape the band’s ‘acrimonious’ split. While holed up in Ireland he embarked upon a successful solo career and met percussionist Wayne Sheehy – a chance meeting that later spawned The Armada, with multi-instrumentalist Jay Cortez.

Now an Australian resident, Jeff embarks upon a fresh tour of Australia in May, where he plans to road test some of his new material that will be recorded later this year. Ben Hosking from Lifemusicmedia.com (LMM) caught up with the enigmatic musical gypsy to chat about his upcoming live Armada CD/DVD set, the tour, potential Tea Party reunions and his friendship with Jimmy Page.

CLICK HERE to read the interview, or click the image below:

Audio Interview: Ben Talks to Jeff Martin for LifeMusicMedia.com


15 Apr

CLICK THE LINK below to listen to my interview with Jeff Martin, the former front man of the awesome Canadian group The Tea Party and now prolific solo artist, also heading up a newer group called The Armada.

Jeff recently became an Australian resident and has toured here many times over the last 20 years with his various musical endeavours. Embarking upon a national tour in May, I caught up with Jeff to discuss the upcoming tour, The Armada, The Tea Party and his friendship with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page – among many other things.

Check it out! (The transribed version will be online next week)