The Tea Party were, to some, one of the most important bands of the 90s. Their blend of heavy blues, post-rock electronica, middle-eastern scales and hedonist mysticism was the perfect sound for the times, and yet it hasn’t dated in the way many of their contemporaries have. if anything, the Canadian trio’s music now seems even more timeless.
The Tea Party broke up a few years ago but band leader Jeff Martin has continued to make music, both under his own name (the brilliant Exile & The Kingdom) and with The Armada. His newest venture, Jeff Martin 777, is a power trio which builds on the musical vocabulary of The Tea Party, rather than simply tries to repeat it. Martin’s cohorts in the venture are J Cortez (Sleepy Jackson/The Armada) on bass and Malcom Clarke (Sleepy Jackson/The Basement Birds) on drums.