Former Tea Party frontman JEFF MARTIN forms new band with J Cortez (The Sleepy Jackson/The Armada) and Malcolm Clarke (The Sleepy Jackson/The Basement Birds).
The Jeff Martin 777 project officially came together in 2010. While Jeff spent the majority of the year touring constantly both here & abroad, inbetween shows, Jeff, J (bass) and long-time friend Malcolm (drums) would come together to knock out songs at Malcolm’s Yo-Yo Studio in Perth. The end result sees this super-tight trio come up trumps with their debut studio album, The Ground Cries Out.
Produced and recorded by Jeff Martin, not only does The Ground Cries Out contain a fusion of Jeff’s love of dark blues & middle-eastern rock, it also showcases another side to him, delving into a more rootsier direction which is sure to surprise fans & critics alike (check the pumping ‘Queen of Spades’ and ‘1916’). “If I’m going to commit to listening to a record by an artist, especially in rock’n’roll, I don’t want to hear 10 or 11 songs that are in the same vein or are of the same sound,” says Martin. “My favourite albums are all over the map. Where you can tell it’s the same band, but it’s a band that’s stretching its wings and are not afraid to walk to the edge of the precipice and look over and perhaps fall. That’s what I want this band to be.”
The Ground Cries Out is set for release in Australia on April 8 2011 through Riverland Records/MGM. To coincide with the release, the Jeff Martin 777 will launch the album around the country with select shows in each state.
May 2011 Tour Dates:
1 May The Hi-Fi QLD –
3 May Joe’s Waterhole Hotel QLD
4 May The Northern Hotel NSW
5 May Fowler’s Live SA
6 May Prince Bandroom VIC
7 May Gaelic Theatre NSW
21 May Rosemount Hotel WA
* Photo Gallery: Jeff Martin @ Corner Hotel, Melbourne 14th May 2010
* Live Review: Jeff Martin @ The Basement, Sydney – 7th May 2010
* Interview: Jeff Martin (The Armada/The Tea Party) : Transcribed
* Interview: Jeff Martin (The Armada/The Tea Party) : Audio
* Jeff Martin (The Tea Party/The Armada) – “The Ground Cries Out” Australian National Tour April/May 2010
* Live Review – JEFF MARTIN & THE ARMADA @ The Hi-Fi, Brisbane 10 May 2009