we exist in a world where the fear of illusion is real

I listened to The Tea Party1 a fair bit around the turn of the century. I still have a certain amount of memory-linked affection for the music, but I basically don’t listen to it anymore and my thoughts about it are generally along the lines of “oh, past self, you were wrong about things sometimes”.

So today when I saw Chris Ott describe them as “Ontario’s most successful ethno-Zeppelin Goth act”, and their early albums as “a bloated but occasionally curious carousel of rock melodrama, a watered-down God Machine with fatuous stadium hooks to rival Collective Soul”…

…I enjoyed it quite a lot.


  1. The band, not the far-right political activists who didn’t exist yet.