CD REVIEW: Jeff Martin 777 – The Ground Cries Out

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.

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REMINDER: Metal Health tour – Warrant, Quiet Riot, LA Guns

Just a reminder about this tour hitting Australia soon, presented by Intense Impact. I’ve been spinning an advance copy of the new Warrant album (with ex-Lynch Mob singer Robert Mason replacing Jani Lane) and it’s pretty cracking. A little more raw and rockin’ than their old stuff. Here’s the new song “Sex Ain’t Love,” performed live last year.

And here’s the tour trailer video.

FRI 29th APRIL – THE PALACE – MELBOURNE
SAT 30th APRIL – ANU BAR – ACT
MON 2nd MAY – THE POWERSTATION – AUCKLAND (NZ)
THUR 5th MAY – HQ COMPLEX – ADELAIDE
FRI 6th MAY – METRO CITY – PERTH
SAT 7th MAY – THE TIVOLI – BRISBANE
SUN 8th MAY – THE METRO – SYDNEY