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The Tea Party "20 Years of Transmission" Article by Alexandra Moher Photo Credit Crystal Lee The Tea Party proved that rock and roll is alive and well during their sold out show at Calgary's The Palace Theatre. The show comes as part of the Tea Party's "20 Years of Transmission Tour", a 20-date tour to celebrate the band's 1997 album Transmission. Even 20-years on, the band plays through the set list with a youthful conviction to rock and roll and a sound that far surpasses their three-man line-up. The Canadian blues /progressive rock trio dedicated the first set of the two and a half hour show to playing Transmission in its entirety, opening with "Army Ants". After tearing through a set of heavy rock anthems, The Tea Party slowed things down with their anti-violence against women song "Release". Concertgoers obliged for a sing-along, allowing frontman Jeff Martin to bask in the glory of the capacity crowd. The Tea Party soon dove back into the heavier side of Transmission with the title track, with Martin's voice booming through the theatre as he asks, "transmission, can you hear me?" The Tea Party soon dove back into the heavier side of Transmission with the title track, with Martin's voice booming through the theatre as he asks, "transmission, can you hear me?" During the first half of the show, Martin reflected on the creation of their album in 1996, a time when Canadian rock was dominated by the likes of The Tragically Hip, Our Lady Peace and I Mother Earth. "We of course, just had to be different," joked Martin explaining that The Tea Party set out with the goal of being the "darkest rock band in Canada". Martin also took the time to pay homage to the musicians that influenced the band in developing their dystopian, Middle Eastern inspired, sound. Throughout the evening, British rock icons Led Zeppelin and David Bowie proved to be both major influences for the Toronto-based rockers. Transmission opener and lead single "Temptation" brought an end to the first set of the night, allowing fans the intermission to ruminate in the energy of the performance. After the twenty-five minute intermission, the band returned to the stage with "The River", the opening song from their 1993 album Splendor Solis. 22 VandalaMagazine.Com - April 2017

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