LEO RECOMMENDS - The Tea Street Band
The best thing about this piece is that I’m going to let a lot of other well-written pieces do the talking for me in places. I first came to the attention of the Liverpool five-piece last November, when they supported Tom Vek at The Masque. I was quite impressed by their ability to make you dance with their tunes - or at least think about it - and I was definitely looking for an opportunity to watch them again at some point.
But don’t take my word for it. The Tea Street Band have been heavily championed by The Anfield Wrap, where the title alone should be enough to tell you that all things Liverpool are covered within their remit. Still, their support of TTSB is in no way biased and/or unjustified, and their interview with the band is a good place to start to learn more about them.
At this stage, I would say that my favourite TTSB song is Push The Feeling On. This was the track that impressed me the most when I first saw them play, it had me as the sole dancer amongst a section of people just standing there trying to look cool. Tracks such as Disco Lights and Look On Your Face are also crowd pleasers.
However, I now want to talk about their first official release. Fiesta - an instrumental track which might suggest summer vibes to some, but really is at home being played at any time of the year - is available now on limited edition 12” vinyl and CD, with a digital release soon to follow. I would say that it’s the kind of track which rewards the listener the more they listen to it, and it’s definitely the kind of track that can make any playlist sound cooler.
It is backed by Summer Dreaming, which in all honesty should get you at least head-nodding from the moment you hear those opening synths, and by the time Timo Tierney’s vocals kick in, you may well be hooked. The Kooky remix of the same track gives some wonderful added value.
But once again, don’t take my word for it. First of all, when you read this review of Fiesta by Hayley Fox as found at the Never Enough Notes e-zine, you will see that support for TTSB in many places is already there. Secondly, if you haven’t clicked ‘Play’ on the video above that I shot of them performing Fiesta at a venue in Manchester, what are you waiting for? And while you’re at it, you might as well watch them performing Push The Feeling On as part of the same set.
And if somehow none of that convinces you, why not read this live review by John Robb (a man who knows a thing or two about music) of a recent awards ceremony in Liverpool in which TTSB were one of the nominees? His opinions on the band definitely HAVE to be read.
This is a band that have plenty going for them, and why not get involved with them at this early stage? Who knows, you could be one of those “cool” people who can correctly claim that you were there when they were on the rise.