Blood Moon Rising by The Tea Party

Release date: November 26, 2021
Label: InsideOut Music

Marking the band’s 30th anniversary last year, Canadian trio The Tea Party have been around since 1990 in their hometown of Windsor. The band released seven studio albums from 1990 to 2004. Then in 2005, they called it a day due to creative differences until reuniting in 2011 by doing an Australian tour in 2012 and releasing a live album that same year.

Now in 2021, The Tea Party have unleashed their ninth studio release on the InsideOut label called Black Moon Rising. Combining hard rock, blues, middle-eastern, alternative, and prog, the trio lays down the gavel in court letting everyone know, “Okay, we’re back. This time we’re older, wiser, and we’re laying down the law with this bad boy we’ve unleashed.

Combining the grunging attitude of Deep Purple’s Machine Head and Stone Temple Pilots Core, ‘Hole in my Heart’ deals with the troubled situations that we’re under, followed by the crossover technique between ‘Highway Star’ and ‘Dead and Bloated’. The nod to Zeppelin’s music still hangs inside their heart. And I can imagine they’ve been compared to the masters of hard rock, folk, and blues.

It’s quite a blessing that the three piece are keeping the spirit of Page, Plant, Jones, and Bonham flowing. To make sure they keep Led Zeppelin’s legacy growing, the opening ‘Black River’ and ‘Summertime’ are a trip down the Physical Graffiti-era while pounding an erupted take of ‘Out on the Tiles’ from Led Zeppelin’s III album in 1970. They know their music from beginning to end.

 

Speaking of Zeppelin, they rock out the garage rock attitude with some snarling harmonica vibes on ‘Way Way Down’ before going into some tomb rising organ work in the midsection by laying out those prog-rock territories. ‘So Careless’ is a sliding cry into the darkness.

Thundering bass lines and searching for the inner self, it deals with thinking about who you really are and why you can be selfish and corrupt like no other. But then reality check steps in and you begin to realise, it’s time to make a change.

On ‘The Beautiful’ Jeff Martin channels Chris Cornnell’s arrangements by tipping his hat to his legacy in the sky. While the song deals with moving forward in their lives, there is a piece of the puzzle that’s missing. And it’s their loved one.

Through thick and thin, good and bad, they have a strong bond between each other from day one. But there is some strong elements of Queen II as if both Eno and Fripp have added their own production level to this song combining synthesisers, melodic guitars, Frippertronics, and Bowie’s Berlin trilogy.

Next, The Tea Party dives into the ocean once more by exploring the post-rock, post-punk era. They channel Joy Division’s ‘Isolation’ from the band’s second and final studio album, Closer.

The allegro synth waves that Chatwood does, goes on this Train ride into this electronic chase whilst Burrows chugs along on his drum kit by adding a shit load of coal, making it sound like Stephen Morris’ arrangements. And then, it’s Morrissey’s ‘Everyday is Like Sunday’ from his solo debut in 1988, Viva Hate. Here, they honour the original vision of his song.

Now say what you want about Morrissey, but this cover is quite a beautiful arrangement they really go into. And to paraphrase Hunter S. Thompson, buying the ticket, and enjoying the ride.

Blood Moon Rising is a picturesque layout. While the band have considered their music as “Moroccoan roll”, this album is its own genre. And this is a knock-out punch that The Tea Party have unleashed.

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