By: MoVernie, Published on September 5, 2012
This past weekend, I was fortunate to be able to interview The Tea Party. In case you wonder, nope, they are not a political party and they are not a group that loves to drink tea. Well, at least I don’t think they do. Instead, they are a rock band that rules in the 90s with songs such as “Heaven Coming Down” and “Temptation” just to name a few. In fact, they have produced 8 albums, which is quite an amazing track record for the Canadian band.
Sadly, due to creative differences, the group disbanded in 2005. Each of the three members went their separate ways and showcased their talent in various capacities. Lead Singer, Jeff Martin decided to produce album as a solo artist. Stuart Chatwood, the bass guitarist/piano composed music for video games such as The Prince of Persia. Drums/percussions, Jeff Burrows joined another band called Crash Karma.
However, in 2011, the three members decided to go on a tour again as The Tea Party, the concert tour went so well and received great responses that the members decided to reform. They are still working on their next album and still trying to brainstorm. Currently, they are touring in Canada and are a big hit in Australia with their dark and gloomy type of music.
As I arrived at The Ex, the PR assistants guided my crew to meet the manager of The Tea Party. The manager informed us that she would like the interview to be conducted somewhere quieter. My first thought was possibly somewhere behind the BandShell backstage. That wasn’t the case, as we kept on walking further down the path, I realized that the manager wanted me to interview the band on their RV Concert Tour bus.
Let me tell you, that was an exciting experience. The bus was the same as what Lady Gaga, Drake, Justin Bieber or any artists would use when they are on their tours. As I stepped inside, it was cool and cozy with nice air-conditioned setting, one side was the picnic dining table, the other side is the long comfy sofa. I could see ambient lights on the ceiling along with a nice bathroom and bedroom at the back.
Jeff Martin, the lead singer wasn’t available for the interview. But Stuart Chatwood and Jeff Burrows were sitting beside me sitting on the comfy sofa. They enjoyed my questions and quite surprised that I know alot about them and about their drums and instruments. It was a great experience for me, taking off another item off my bucket list, conducting an interview on the RV bus.
Stay tuned for my upcoming MoVernie interview with The Tea Party at www.pptv.ca