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Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The Tea Party at The Tivoli


I had the great pleasure of heading along to the Brisbane leg of The Tea Party 'Reformation Tour' at The Tivoli last night and I have one word for you Kimmy - PHENOMENAL.

Post a 7 year sabbatical, they have joined forces to deliver more of their much loved, and globally devoured musical and lyrical genius. Meantime, the sold out crowd experienced their unique fusion of Indian meets Middle Eastern Rock wizardry (they have been dubbed "Moroccan Roll") for over two hours and they absolutely delivered during every single minute of the show.

Due to the fact that they have not yet released a new album, the fans experienced a spectacular showcase of their classic tracks including Sister Awake, The River and Fire in the Head among plenty more of their solid gold nuggets. And rock it out old school they did indeed - sans fancy stage show, lighting or other distractions giving the punters a balls-out, passionate performance reinforcing why we love them so and increasing our appetite for their next collaboration.

Without taking away from a stellar performance served up by Jeff Burrows (drums) and Stuart Chatswood (bass), attention was gently yet consistently guided back to Jeff Martin (vocals). He has the ability to speak to the audience and make you feel like you're a friend, captivating, mesmerising and rocking us (hells yes, he's got that je ne sais quoi) to the core with his incredible musical prowess (is there an instrument this man can't play?) and unmistakeably soothing, sexy, primal voice.

He nailed it when he said ' Our lyrics and music can make one delve into the deepest part of their psyche yet come out feeling refreshed - how do we do that?'  Although I can't answer this question (drop me a line when you've figured it out Jeff), I heartily concur. 

They are freaky freaks of all instruments, including the voice box, and after Jeff Martin's revelation that 'regardless of what we think of one another, we realise we can't live without each other - The Tea Party are back for good' - I cannot wait to hear what they are going to do next.

Thank you gentlemen, this Sister is most definitely awake.

Hallelujah and Amen to that.

Loving you, loving me...TLT x

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