Legendary Canadian rockers The Tea Party were recently in Australia touring in support of their eighth studio album, The Ocean At The End and they took some time out during their visit to stop by the Music Feeds Studio for a live stream performance and a chat.
The new LP has been a long time coming for fans of the trio, who were forced to wait over a decade for its release, but frontman Jeff Martin says they’ve welcomed it with open arms.
“I think what everyone gets is that, from where the three of us are now in our lives – you know as individuals, as a collective, as artists – that record truly represents exactly where we’re at. It’s a lot of the best of The Tea Party put into one record.”
A great end result, but the band says it’s not exactly what they set out to accomplish, revealing that they never walk into the recording studio with a mission plan.
“We try not to think about things too much,” Martin explains. “You know, the moment you get into ‘concepts’ and all that stuff, you start getting into that ‘prog rock’ territory, it’s not cool.”
“We just jump off the cliff”, adds bassist and keysman, Stuart Chatwood. “And if it’s snakes or water, who knows?”
The Ocean At The End is out now via iTunes.
During The Tea Party’s visit to Music Feeds, they also performed a few stripped back renditions of tracks off the new album, Water’s On Fire and The Black Sea, as well as vintage classic The Bazaar and live favourite The Maker.