(2017) Alpha Male Tea Party - Health
…Founding member and guitarist of Tom Peters there on how his band, one of the most beloved and respected to come out of the instrumental ‘just-don’t-call-us-post-rock’ wave that has been fiercely bubbling away in the underground in the past decade. The band have firmly established themselves as one of the country’s premier instrumental math rock acts in a nascent yet hysterically dedicated scene.
Alpha Male Tea Party originally began as an escape from the drudgery of full-time employment for Tom. He ‘started putting demos of s**tty songs together on Logic’ and posted a Gumtree advert to find like-mined individuals to help produce seismic tectonic-plate-shifting math rock riffs. The band took a short while to cement its line-up but solidified with drummer Greg Chapman and bassist Ben Griffiths, a person Peters asked to join the band despite never seeing him play bass on the strength that he was “a funny man”.
Humour has been an essential thread through Alpha Male Tea Party’s career to date; whether it be the outrageous Devo-inspired outfits or their acerbic on-stage wit. It’s tended to be a characteristic that has marked them out from a scene that produces a lot of great bands with little to distinguish between them but it’s also been used as a noose for clueless critics to hang the band from.
“I guess Health is a bit more lofty in theme than where we’ve been before” says Tom. “For all our jocular silliness and stupid humour, I think the core of what we’re doing is a lot more serious than people think it is. I know we always have stupid song titles and we have a silly band name, but when it actually boils down to what we do creatively and artistically, we take it incredibly seriously. There’s a bit of a misconception about the humorous aspect of Alpha Male Tea Party; it isn’t merely a pointless element. It’s a very important and intrinsic part of who the three of us are as individuals and if that doesn’t come across in what we do artistically, then we are f**king lying. I’m the sort of person who’ll be cracking jokes in any situation; I was cracking jokes at my Grandad’s funeral because that’s how I cope with stuff, I have to do it like that. I’m not an insensitive person and I care very deeply about people and the world, but there comes a point where you actually have to find a way to reconcile yourself with the many s**tty things that happen and humour, for me, is pretty much the only way I can do that. If there’s ever any level of criticism about us, it’s always relating to the humour, as if there were a pre-scribed idea that humour and music should never cross paths.”
But all music is a product of the circumstances in which it was created and Alpha Male Tea Party’s third album is no different. The jubilant, major-key melodies are still scattered all over the record with abundance, and the band still show a fondness for naming some of their songs with absurd track titles, such as “Carpet Diem”, “Don’t You Know Who I Think I Am?” and “Nobody Had the Heart To Tell Him He Was on Fire”. But the badinage is soaked in an altogether more sombre tone than what we’ve come to expect from the three-piece.
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01 - Have You Ever Seen Milk.flac
02 - Ballerina.flac
03 - The Museum of Walking.flac
04 - Nobody Had the Heart to Tell Him He Was On Fire.flac
05 - Don't You Know Who I Think I Am.flac
06 - Powerful and Professional.flac
07 - Carpet Diem.flac
08 - Some Soldiers.flac
09 - I Still Live at Home.flac
10 - No More.flac
Genre: post-rock, prog-rock
Source : CD
Format : FLAC
Format/Info : Free Lossless Audio Codec, 16-bit PCM
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : ~ 984-1000 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Sampling rate : 44.1 KHz
Bit depth : 16 bits