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ALPHA MALE TEA PARTY – ‘Health’ Album Review


alpha-male-tea-partyDescribing themselves as a “(fucking) loud instrumental band”, Liverpool’s Alpha Male Tea Party release their third studio album, Health on 23rd June 2017.

The band explore multi-layered, effects-strewn, experimental music that sucks you in and intrigues at every step. Have You Ever Seen Milk starts with a casually strummed guitar but uses the 6 ½ minutes to layer on instruments and effects, explore some heavy power chords and math-punk rhythms. On Ballerina, the band plumb some hardcore depths with a shorter, faster and more aggressive jam that is powerful as it is intricate in instrument interplay.

The Museum Of Walking opens to a funkier beat and then brings in snippets of heavy, bass driven rock and it leads to the more poppy Nobody Had The Heart To Tell Him He Was On Fire where tumbling guitar licks are met with eclectic drum beats, power chords and some keyboard action.

The lack of vocals actually helps the band to explore non-traditional structures and the hardcore approach on Don’t You Know Who I Think I Am? (Alpha Male Tea Party sure can pen a great song title!) lets the guitar do the “talking.” Powerful And Professional rocks along with a melody and headbanging rhythm that I really enjoyed whereas the excellent Carpet Diem returns to the math-punk complexities and even some Johnny Marr (circa The Smiths) guitar work.

The album contains ten tracks in all and the penultimate rocker, I Still Live At Home has a bit of Muse, a bit of Metallica and a lot of heavy guitar with a smattering of keyboard. It sets up the finishing track, No More where the band channel a bit of Kurt Cobain and even introduce some choral style vocals to add to the atmosphere of shoegaze rock n’ roll.

Preorders for the album are live now at www.bsmrocks.com

Catch the band on tour at a gig near you – see dates and venues below!

2017 Live Dates:

June 29th – The Fox & Newt, Leeds
June 30th – JT Soar, Nottingham
July 1st – Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow
July 2nd – Opium, Edinburgh
July 23rd – Truck Festival, Oxford
July 29th – Cloudspotting Festival, Clitheroe
August 18th – ArcTanGent Festival, Bristol