Official videos

    Stargazer

    Oceans

    Writings On The Wall

    Angels
    Angels was the second single from The Interzone Mantras. For the first time the band advertised for fans, via their website, to participate in the video. The video was included as a bonus feature on the Australian Single Angels.

    Lullaby
    The video for Lullaby was shot near the University of Toronto. The shoot continued through the night to finish it fast. When the band was finally getting home after the shoot they became aware of the September 11, 2001 attacks. On that same day, Martin penned ‘Leaning On Love’, a song that deals with the event.

    Walking Wounded
    The video for “Walking Wounded” was shot in Cuba. Problems were encountered with the local police, who wanted to prohibit shooting near the port. The reason was that, a day before, a girl died after being caught by a large wave coming in from the sea. The band also found a very wet cat that was christened “Mojito”, while on set and they brought it back to Canada. A mojito is a drink made with rum, lime and mint.

    The Messenger
    The bright flashing lights that are seen in the video in several places are optical Morse signs meaning, “love under will” (from “Heaven Coming Down”). “Love under will” is part of the Thelemic practice espoused by Aleister Crowley who was a major influence on Jeff Martin.

    Heaven Coming Down
    For the commercial hit “Heaven Coming Down” they shot an equally easygoing video. The meaning of the video is not clear, however, and even Stuart Chatwood confessed: “I have no idea what’s going on there!” Nevertheless, the video became a huge success.

    Psychopomp
    The idea was to use a live video shot for “Intimate & Interactive” of the Canadian music channel MuchMusic. However, the band was not satisfied with the material and, therefore, the song was re-shot after the show.

    Release
    The rather untypical song “Babylon” was done justice with an equally atypical video. The clip is done without any cutting, which captures the restlessness so characteristic of the song.

    Babylon
    The rather untypical song “Babylon” was done justice with an equally atypical video. The clip is done without any cutting, which captures the restlessness so characteristic of the song.

    Temptation
    Temptation was shot in a huge, old water tank. Complimentary to the electronically tinged music of “Transmission”, the video was shot in cool blue and grey colours.

    Sister Awake
    This video was Jeff Martin’s favourite for a long time! Annoyed by the prevailing comparison to Jim Morrison, Martin got a new hair cut which is nicely captured by the video! ;)

    Shadows On The Mountainside
    This clip was first released on Alhambra. The line “we are spirits walking through the doors of time” was originally from a guy Martin met at a bar. As he was traveling through the mountainous areas of Canada he was reminded of this and inspired to write the song.

    The Bazaar
    From the beginning oriental influences were a The Tea Party trademark. Therefore, it was almost obvious to shoot “The Bazaar” in Istanbul. However, TTP have never played live in Turkey!

    Fire In The Head
    This song comprises the diverse influences inspiring The Tea Party. While the title of the song goes back to a book by Tom Cowan, the line “flowers of evil in my mind” was inspired by Baudelaire, and “this is the way step inside” by a Joy Division song.

    A Certain Slant Of Light
    With this song Martin relived and dealt with the break-up with his heroin-addicted girlfriend of the time. Martin, who describes himself as denomination-less, was questioning church based religion, an institution that was, and still is, a thorn in his side (see also the text of “A Great Big Lie”).

    Save Me
    Even though the song is the only one written by Stuart Chatwood, Martin has said that it deals with the separation of his parents (Martin is a child of divorce). “Save Me” is one of The Tea Party’s classics.

    The River
    The major debut video is full of mythical allusions and Roy Harper guest stars as a shaman (s. photo). The basic melody of the song was inspired by a jingle of a Canadian radio station.

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