The Tea Party: A Communion Around Transmission

20 years ago, The Tea Party met in Montreal to give shape to what was to become one of his unmissable albums: Transmission . To mark this anniversary, the trio had concocted a generous concert on Tuesday at Imperial, where the whole album was taken again.

It was not only Jeff Martin (vocals, voice), Stuart Chatwood (bass, keyboards) and Jeff Burrows (drums) who wanted to reconnect with the songs of Transmission . The Imperial was filled to the last row of the balcony by a crowd of the most enthusiastic. The rockers did not lose time to satisfy it: they started the machine with, suddenly, an Army Ants boosted, a Babylon well felt and a hyper-contrasting delivery of Psychopomp .

It soon became clear that the guys remained the beasts of the stage: Martin’s voice is always rich and he is never short of turns with his six strings; Burrows blasts his skins and cymbals roughly, dramatically, while Chatwood efficiently handles rhythm and atmospheres.

Jeff Martin took the time to chat a few times with his “friends”. His French being somewhat rusty – he is now established in Australia – he most often opted for Shakespeare’s language to confess that Led Zeppelin and David Bowie had influenced his group, to tell the genesis of Transmission , or to incite the crowd To convince the Summer Festival to make them return …

The transposition of an entire album on stage is however not a guarantee of success in any point. Some parts work less well in a live setting so we had one or two dips in the first game, which was evident during Emerald . It was nevertheless interesting to hear the band offering plays that she had rarely played on stage. Still, the canons were the ones we could have expected: a Transmission , a formidable efficiency and, of course, a Temptation , where Martin did not hesitate to make the public sing.

Overview of classics

After passing through Transmission , the trio returned for an overview of the inescapables of his repertoire, while allowing himself to quote rock classics, from Hendrix to Stones. There is no trough here: we have had a superb The Bazaar , with its Arabic lines, but also the recent The Ocean At The End , which took place in an interesting way, punctuated by a magnificent solo of six strings of Martin .

If, returned there, some still wanted to be filled, The Tea Party still had Save Me and a hypnotising Sister Awake in their pockets.

Another passage of the most appreciated trio, and confirmed that despite the years that pass, the link that unites the group to its fans of Quebec remains as strong …


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