Mad Tea Party are a very fun band with catchy songs and the sound of a ukulele crashing up against rollocking guitar riffs and rockabilly licks. Judging by the preview tracks put out by Nine Mile Records, their forthcoming album, Found A Reason, looks set to be their best yet.
The core of the band is ukulelist and vocalist Ami Worthen and guitarist Jason Krekel. They got together in 2004 and have put out three albums to date. Nick Beery made a documentary about them and you can watch the whole film on his blog. They (along with, bassist at the time, Lora Pendelton) make quite an eccentric bunch. If you haven’t got an hour to spare, the choice quote from Ami is, “I’m not going for the record deal, the MTV. I want to play the ukulele, and I think if I had a manager and I was on that path, one of the first things they’d tell us is to ditch the ukulele.”
Found A Reason will be released in June. Visit their website.