On December 6th I went to my 5th Tea Party Concert. I have seen them in Concert more than any other band. To say that they are my favorite band might be a bit of an Understatement. In fact The Tea Party is about the only music I listen to overall. Sometimes I will listen to something else but not very often.
I love good music. Sadly that is becoming something of the past. So much of Modern music is produced on an assembly line like mass-produced goods. I feel that this detracts from the artistic expression that should be there in the music. Much of modern pop music is churned out like worthless dollar store crap with high school crush music with lyrics like baby baby oh baby repeated over and over again.
The Tea Party is not like this. The Music The Tea Party has created is so full of emotion, soul and artistic expression that for me, it defies anything I could truly express in words. Their music expresses such raw emotion you can’t help but feel a pull and attachment to the soulful lyrics and the music draws you in and invokes emotions from deep within your soul. Songs such as Save me and The Messenger are examples of this incredible and beautiful yet dark and emotional music that The Tea Party has come to master more than any other music I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Taking me Away and These Living Arms are 2 other examples of this.
The Tea party has a reputation for taking you to the darker side of the psyche. What they sing about goes beyond physical urges and sex charged rhetoric. Though some of their songs are certainly charged with raw emotion and sexuality. Jeff Martin, the front man of the band, has a voice that has been described as smoky sensuality.
The concert itself was not in a large venue though they have played venues like Rexall Place (20,000 concert seating) and Shaw conference center (8-10,000 seating). This show like the last one was at a small venue called Union Hall which has a top capacity I would estimate of 1,000 though probably less.
One thing I love about this band is that they are not in it for the money like so many others. Consistently they opt for smaller night clubs and venues because it creates a more intimate show for their fans. I have been to many concerts at large venues with 15-20,000 fans. And I can tell you that it makes a big difference when it comes down to the experiences of the show.
The Tea Party does an amazing job of really connecting to their audience during there show. There stage presence is one that sticks with you for a long time. Other bands I can hardly remember the show except that it was good music, but that is about it. I can still remember the first time I went to a Tea party concert which was also at union hall. It was 10 years ago and I can remember it better than any other live show I have been to other than Tea Party concerts.
This show was no different. From the moment they walked onto the stage the audience was cheering before the first note was struck. Opening up with the first track on the new album the L.O.C. and it just kept getting better from there. I was very happy to hear some of my favorite songs live. The Tea Party just came out rocking hard from start to finish with no break. Each song so full of energy.
The connection to the audience was unlike any other concert that I have been to. Despite being at the back of the crowd it felt like I was right up against the stage and part of the show the entire night. The small venue helped to created a more intimate setting for a concert and the Tea Party really takes advantage of that through the entire show.
There is something amazing about having the entire audience just take it away and sing the songs right along with the band. You just don’t get that in a larger venue. The chorus of Save me and temptation were taken up by the audience and it was me and 7-800 other people I would estimate singing the song along with the band. It was pretty awesome. The fans know the songs so well that they were belting out the chorus in near perfect harmony. The raw emotion charged music brought together hundreds of complete strangers connected to the music in a way no other band could or has done in my experience.
One of the best moments for me personally was when The Tea Party took a minute to break into a short rendition of the Little Drummer Boy, personally my favorite Christmas carol. Without any cue or urging from the band the audience began to sing along with the drum beats Pa Rum pa pum pum. Then it was right back into high energy rock show.
The Tea Party has truly proven yet again that they are, in this bloggers humble opinion, the worlds most underrated band. They truly capture the raw emotion and make the audience part of the show in a way no other band has ever done for me.
While they did not sing all my favorite songs, which would have taken probably 5-6 hours since they are all so good, it was still an amazing night and I cannot wait to see them again live. I hope they come back soon as this was a night never to forget.
Some of my personal favorites that they sung are
Save Me, Temptation, Pyschopomp, The Ocean at the End, Sister Awake, Fire In The Head. Some of their best songs.
Thank you Tea Party for a wonderful and amazing night.