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Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Subject:Tea Party, steeped in history, creates a new future
Posted by:volare.
Time:9:07 pm.
Mood: ecstatic.

MONTREAL - Mid-1770s colonial America just called – they want the title of their tea-tax protest back. This would almost be a less surprising development than the current circumstances, which find the American right-wing Tea Party movement offering Canadian left-leaning alternative-rock band the Tea Party rather large bags of cash in exchange for the rights to its Internet domain name, TeaParty.com.

It’s a scenario that, according to Tea Party bassist/multi-instrumentalist Stuart Chatwood, is as amusing from the inside looking out as it is from the outside looking in.

“As the guy who’s been in charge of the website since the early ’90s, I’ve had the opportunity to watch this (state of affairs) grow organically,” laughs Chatwood, who was the one who had the presence of mind to register the band’s domain name in 1993. “Even back then we were getting offers from actual tea parties in different parts of the States, like, ‘I want to buy your name because I want to have old ladies get together at the church!’

“But when the political movement took off – and was sort of fabricated and grown artificially by Fox, in my opinion anyway – all of a sudden all of these legitimate offers started coming in. … Ideally, I’d like to sell it to someone who’s against the Tea Party movement, but you know … at a certain point, we do have families, we’re not idiots.”

Betting men have TeaParty.com going anywhere from the high six digits to a magical 1 million simoleons.

“Regardless of what happens, we’ve received a million dollars in press already,” says Chatwood. “And it’s all coincidence; you have to trust me on this. But it does look like we’re marketing geniuses because all of a sudden everyone’s talking about the band again out of the blue.”

Which is, in and of itself, something of an unexpected development, considering that just recently the Tea Party – the musical troupe – could only be discussed in the past tense. Jeff Martin (vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, controversialist) unilaterally announced the dissolution of the band in 2005, much to the surprise and annoyance of Chatwood and drummer Jeff Burrows, leaving behind a rich legacy of blues-infused, progressively inclined rock albums – seven in total between 1991 and 2004 – that were notable for their heavy Middle Eastern and Indian influences. It was dubbed “Moroccan roll,” and for all their detractors, the Tea Party were one of the most successful homegrown groups of the 1990s, boasting a substantial demographic of devotees across Canada, as well as Europe and Australia especially.

So despite Martin calling a premature time of death in 2005, and after several rounds of dedicated soul searching, the Tea Party brought itself back to life earlier this year. But this wasn’t a happy Lazarus at first. Prior to reunification, Chatwood says, “(Burrows and I) weren’t involved in Jeff Martin’s life at all – the band had left on acrimonious terms – so we felt the best way to fix things was to be involved in each other’s lives again. But there are still a lot of fences to mend; a lot of damage was done in the intervening years.”

There is an air of unfinished business, of things yet unsaid. Martin is clearly, and by all accounts, the elephant in the room when it comes to any unresolved issues.

“Um, well, you’re right,” affirms Chatwood. “A lot of damage was done in the six years that we were apart. There wasn’t a lot of communication, and a lot of things got misinterpreted and everyone has their egos, so we’re all treading carefully, I guess. It’s a very slow, uphill battle to get back to where we were.”

The elephant, for the time being at least, continues to enjoy sanctuary within the band’s caginess, as Chatwood delicately manoeuvres around it, noting that while they’re not playing any new material, the current tour is not a one-off cash grab, but rather the first big step on their way to being a band again.

“Our goal is to get back to the really creative years that we had when we were recording with world music instruments and pulling in influences from everywhere and reinterpreting things and creating a new sound.”

These celebrated sons of Windsor (Ontario, that is) spent a number of those halcyon years in the island kingdom of Montreal, where the band pitched its tent from the mid-’90s until 2001.

“We moved there because we felt that, culturally, it was the best city in Canada,” says Chatwood, who now lives in Vancouver. “We made three records in and around Montreal at the prime of our career. The Edges of Twilight (1995) was written there, Transmission (1997) was fully recorded there, and Triptych (1999) was recorded just north of the city.”

The Tea Party offers its one-time hometown no small measure of credit for successes past and, by the band’s hopeful reckoning, future.

“The Montreal audience is the best audience in Canada, I’d say,” Chatwood remarks, before pausing. “I don’t know if this story is going to be syndicated, but it doesn’t matter; it’s true.

“People go to concerts to have an experience,” he continues. “It’s not a place to polish your glasses and bring out a notebook and judge. It’s more of an emotional thing; Montrealers are in touch with their emotions. One clear example of that would be when you ask the audience to clap – in a lot of cities there’s no rhythm, just a cacophony of claps. In Montreal they’re lockstep, so obviously they’re good in bed or something – the passion runs deep.”

The Tea Party performs Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Metropolis, 59 Ste. Catherine St. E., with the Reason. Tickets: $37.50. 514-790-1245; admission.com.

© Copyright (c) The Montreal Gazette
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Monday, March 14th, 2011

Subject:Just saw Jeff Martin 777
Posted by:jovegan.
Time:11:46 am.

Went to the Jeff Martin 777 concert on the weekend. They ROCKED THE HOUSE!! Insane awesomeness! They played some songs from their new album like The Ground Cries Out and Riverland Ramber, plus some of my favorite Tea Party and solo album songs like Shadows On The Mountainside and Black Snake Blues. I met Jeff Martin as he snuck outside for a smoke before they went on, and then I got to meet the band and chat for a bit after the concert. I'm still on cloud 9. Got some pictures...

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Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Subject:*dusting away the cobwebs*
Posted by:seishin.
Time:9:35 pm.
Does anyone have the pictures of the guys from the TripTych photo shoot? The one with the table and the apples? Im not looking for the group shot, but the individual shots of Jeff, Jeff and Stu. I've looked through my pictures, and dont have them. And there are zero TTP sites these days; even ttp.com is reduced to a splash page. (which is a pretty sad state of affairs in itself, but thats neither here or there...unfortunately).

Can anyone please help a girl out?

Found them! :)
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Friday, November 21st, 2008

Posted by:volare.
Time:12:31 am.
Mood: startled.
So, my brain blew out my left ear tonight, I was flipping the radio in the car and BAZAAR WAS PLAYING OMFG.

And I'm in the USA ffs.
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Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Subject:Um Help?
Posted by:spunkyangel21.
Time:3:23 pm.
Hey is jorge's server down, or am I just lost on getting it to work again? My comp crashed and I lost everything didn't get to finish burning stuff to cds. Any help would be great thanks!
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Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Posted by:awakelunafraid.
Time:1:38 pm.

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Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Subject:New Band with JB?
Posted by:seishin.
Time:7:11 pm.
Canadian supergroup in the works with Burrows
Star News Services
Published: Friday, November 23, 2007

Former Tea Party drummer and local radio personality Jeff Burrows' new band will be the subject of a profile tonight at 7 p.m. on eTalk Daily (CTV, channel 42, cable 3).

The band, which has no name yet (and no management or record label either), includes Burrows on drums, former I Mother Earth frontman Edwin, former Our Lady Peace guitarist Mike Turner and Zygote bassist Amir Epstein.

"We have four songs in the can and six more ready to record in December," Burrows said. "Everyone's got the itch and desire to get it going."


Wonder what's going on with The Art Decay...
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Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Posted by:volare.
Time:11:15 am.
Opportunity for Stu?
Prince of Persia game optioned for movie
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Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Subject:TTP DVD + tracklisting
Posted by:seishin.
Time:10:58 pm.
Mood: lazy.
From Chart Attack...

Tea Party Resurrected on new DVD

If you're longing for the glory days of The Tea Party after their break-up two years ago, Linus Entertainment's The Tea Party Live: Intimate & Interactive may help relieve your blackened, wounded heart on Oct. 30.

The DVD features performances of eight songs from MuchMusic's Intimate & Interactive in 1998 and three more from Live At Much in 2000.

The Tea Party were one of Canada's most successful rock bands after forming in 1990. They sold more than a million records at home and were nominated for 22 MuchMusic Video Awards and 13 Junos They released their last album, Seven Circles, in 2004.

The band had an acrimonious split when frontman Jeff Martin left to pursue a solo career. He released The Exile And The Kingdom in May 2006, but it didn't match the group's success.

Here are the tracks on The Tea party Live: Intimate & Interactive:

Intimate & Interactive (1998)

* "Army Ants"
* "Fire In The Heat"
* "Release"
* "Transmission"
* "Save Me"
* "Sister Awake"
* "Temptation"
* "Psychopomp"

Live At Much (2000)

* "Temptation"
* "The Messenger"
* "Sister Awake"

Sad that this will more than likely be the last 'TTP' release (unless there's more in the vaults that will see the light of day), and that we'll never get the 'proper' live DVD. Apparently its already available for preorder on Amazon.

Cant believe that the Live@Much was seven years ago. Christ, Im getting old.
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Monday, September 24th, 2007

Subject:RIP ttp.de forum
Posted by:volare.
Time:2:38 pm.
Marco has closed down the ttp.de forum. Go and say your goodbyes if you're so inclined.

I understand his reasoning, between the death of the band and the constant bot-spamming it was pointless to maintain it, but the loss of the archives makes me truly sad.
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Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Posted by:nerdlover.
Time:3:07 am.
I've always loved The Last Goodbye sung by jeff. Is there an mp3 of the whole song anywhere... did he ever even sing the whole song... help plz ;_;
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Friday, May 4th, 2007

Posted by:volare.
Time:3:14 pm.
Mood:wishing I could go!!.
Don't Miss Out on the Cinco de Mayo Party of the century!
Jeff Burrows, drummer from The Tea Party and local Disc Jockey at 95.1 The Rock, is hosting his 1st 24-hour annual drum-a-thon starting tonight May 4th at midnight and ending Saturday May 5th at midnight.

The party is going to take place at The Chubby Pickle located at 762 Ouellette Street. Jeff will drum with 4 different bands throughout the 24 hour time period which are: ITABITH, Short Notice, Heat Mizer, and Brand X.

Tell everyone you know the party starts at midnight tonight and won't stop until midnight on Saturday May 25th. All proceeds go to Transition to Betterness, Paediatric Oncology Satellite Unit.

Thank you to the event sponsors, The Rock Head Pub, Drive Max, Joe Rocket, Syles, Long & McQuade, Law Offices of Ken Marley, Sr. Angelo Sorge.

Also a huge thanks to 95.1 The Rock for being presenting the party of the year!

Pass this invite to everyone you know!

See you there.

Kelly LaPorte
Director of Operations
Transition To Betterness

DAMN I wish I could get there....
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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

Posted by:volare.
Time:12:29 pm.
Mood: bitchy.
"Martin says the mixed reception he has received from Canadian fans for his debut solo album, “Exile and the Kingdom,” is related to the public perception of his involvement in the Tea Party’s breakup.
“Unfortunately, a lot of fans don’t really know the true story,” he says. “So, they just see me breaking up the band and I’m an a--hole. They don’t want to give this record or what I’m doing a chance.”
He also attributes Jeff Burrows’s and Stuart Chatwood’s online involvement with Tea Party fans as a source of his chilly Canadian reception.
“It was never my scene cause my songs were so personal,” he explains. “I couldn’t say more than what I did in the songs. I didn’t feel there was a need to do the fan forums and the blogs and all that stuff. It starts to invade your personal space.
“Jeff and Stu were much more involved in all that. And I think that’s the reason there’s this thing that happens in Canada, but in Australia, there was never any of that.”"

from: here, reposted here
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Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Subject:The Art Decay
Posted by:seishin.
Time:2:32 pm.
JB's on the cover of this weeks Drive Online magazine. Well written article...info about his involvement with T2B and Ride for Dad, playing shows around Windsor and his new project with Stuart *points to the subject line* ;)
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Friday, January 19th, 2007

Posted by:volare.
Time:2:46 pm.
This is a series of photos from actor Liev Schreiber's apartment.

Tell me if you see what I see.
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Friday, January 12th, 2007

Posted by:volare.
Time:5:25 pm.
Mood: cranky.
“I’m very insular but I’m somewhat hermetic when it comes to writing music, and especially in the creative process. Even with The Tea Party with Jeff and Stuart, I was the architect and I constructed all the songs. Once I felt there was a structure there, then I went to the other two and we built it together. But as far as the writing process is concerned, it’s always been a very personal, intimate thing for me.”

new article, same old egoCollapse )
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Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

Subject:JB the DJ!!!
Posted by:volare.
Time:10:20 am.
From the Windsor Star:

Former Tea Party drummer Jeff Burrows will have a new way to rock out in the new year when he starts as mid-day host for CKUE, known as The Rock.

As perhaps the highest-profile rock musician living in the Windsor area, Burrows will add a touch of celebrity to the Rock's programming when he begins his 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekday on-air shift Jan. 2 on 95.1 FM (which becomes 100.7 FM in the Windsor area on Jan. 8).

"We figure Jeff will give Rock listeners something that they can't find anywhere else in the area and that's someone with a perspective of working as a professional musician," Rod Martens, CKUE program director, said Friday.

"He was in the studio, he was on the road, he toured with a lot of the bands we play. He has a unique perspective on rock 'n' roll that the average Joe would not."
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Friday, November 10th, 2006

Subject:So sad..
Posted by:buttums.
Time:10:01 am.
Mood: calm.
Ok so I know TTP has been officially not together now for awhile...but I'm still upset over this fact. I really wanted to go see them live...and well I was hoping that they might get together for some "runion" thing? Anyone think that might be the case? God I hope so! I like Jeff Martin and all...but from the two songs I've heard of him going solo...I miss TTP!
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Monday, September 11th, 2006

Subject:Beautiful weekend.
Posted by:valura.
Time:8:54 am.
Mood: bouncy.
well... what an exhausting but amazing weekend!
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Friday, September 8th, 2006

Subject:Some JB news
Posted by:seishin.
Time:10:45 pm.
Mood: mellow.
Burrows joins Rush on film soundtrack

Ted Shaw, Windsor Star
Published: Friday, September 08, 2006

In a word, it was a Rush.

Jeff Burrows is still pumped about getting the chance to play drums with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush.

Last month, the ex-Tea Party drummer joined Lifeson and Lee to record a song for the new Trailer Park Boys movie, The Big Dirty.

"When they called me about it, I was in Vancouver working on my new band," said Burrows, 38. "How could I say no?"

Rush is a Canadian rock icon and a primary source of inspiration to Burrows growing up in Windsor and LaSalle. "That was the band that convinced me I wanted to be a rock musician," he said.

The song they did was the often-covered I Fought The Law, by the Bobby Fuller Four. What could Burrows and two-thirds of Rush bring to it that others like The Clash and Green Day couldn't?

"It's got a real Rush feel to it because of Lifeson's guitar," he said.

Burrows was asked to play because Neil Peart was unavailable. Also called in to help were Adam Gantier of Three Days Grace, Ian Thornley, and singer Care Failure, of Toronto thrash band Die Mannequin. The band calls itself The Big Dirty Band after the title of the movie, and there will be select live dates after the CD is released in October.

The single is coming out in the next week, said Burrows.

Peart is one of Burrows's idols, so filling in for him was a daunting task, he said.

"He's admired by a lot of drummers," said Burrows. "There's nothing flashy in what he does but it's very distinctive, very straightforward. He's called the professor, a mathematician on drums."

Burrows has been racking up the air miles between Windsor and Vancouver putting together a new band with ex-Tea Party bassist and keyboard player, Stuart Chatwood.

"We've written 26 songs and recorded 12 of them at Factory Studios," said Burrows. "There are a couple of other guys involved, but I don't want to say who right now until everything's firm."

He hopes to release at least a mini-album before Christmas.

Meanwhile, Burrows and some local friends -- Daren Dobsky, Dave Cyrenne and Nick Belulis -- will rock tonight at the Avalon Front, 300 Ouellette Ave.

You can check up on the latest news on a MySpace site set up by a fan, www.jeffburrows.ca.

DETROIT WOMEN IN WINDSOR Blues shouters The Detroit Women, who wowed a Bluesfest crowd in July, are going to have to tone it down a little for their next gig in the city.

They will join other acts at Gospelfest on Sept. 17, 1 to 8 p.m., in the parking lot of Most Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church, 1947 Meldrum Ave.

The event is being organized by ex-Buzzard Band drummer, John Dominas. There'll be more news to follow.
© The Windsor Star 2006

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