The Interzone Mantras

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The Interzone Mantras
Studio album by The Tea Party
Released October 16, 2001 (Canada)
Recorded Le Studio, Morin Heights and Metalworks Studios, Mississauga
Genre Rock
Length 54:34
Label EMI Music Canada
Producer Jeff Martin
The Tea Party chronology
The Interzone Mantras
Seven Circles
(2004)Seven Circles2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]

The Interzone Mantras (2001) is the sixth album from Canadian rock group The Tea Party.

Named after William S. Burroughs' book of short stories Interzone and the band's interest in eastern mysticism and esoteric philosophies[2], the songwriting on The Interzone Mantras builds on the subtle electronica and ballads of Triptych, whilst returning to the familiar territory of their earlier albums with 1970s rock and world music influences.[1] Jeff Martin explained that the album was a return to basics:

"The last two records, Transmission and Triptych, were very much creations of the studio - meticulously built. With this record we felt that we wanted to put a spark of passion underneath our asses.

"So many people have told us that we're this great live rock band, and I just wanted to see if, as producer, I could capture that on this record. I put us in a rehearsal space, the three of us, faced each other with just guitar, bass and drums - no toys - and, you know, 'let's Rock!'" The new approach fired the band up to such an extent that the album was recorded in just twenty days - "unheard of" for The Tea Party, Martin says.

Martin has special praise for drummer Jeff Burrows, who he proudly proclaims to be "THE best rock drummer going", and who did every drum track in one take.[2]

Lyrically the album draws from the works of modern writers Aleister Crowley, Mikhail Bulgakov, Wim Wenders, to ancient Greek mythology (Morpheus on "Lullaby"). The lyrics themselves written by Martin when holidaying in Prague, after the music was written from jams in the band's rehearsal space.[3]

The first 100,000 Canadian copies of The Interzone Mantras were packaged with a special lenticular cover, with Alessandro Bavari's depiction of Shiva moving depending on the viewing angle. Although not as commercially successful as previous albums, The Interzone Mantras is The Tea Party's highest charting album in Australia (debuting at #6 on the ARIA chart) and is certified Gold in Canada. It was also nominated for "Rock Album of the Year" at the 2003 Juno Awards.

Notably, it was one of the final albums to be recorded at famous Quebec facility Le Studio before it was shuttered in 2002.

Track listing[edit]

3."The Master and Margarita"4:13
7."Must Must"3:59
8."White Water Siren"4:54
10."Dust to Gold"4:20



  • Jeff Martin - production and recording
  • Nick Blagona and Don Hachey - engineering
  • Recorded at Studio Morin Heights, (Morin Heights, Quebec) and Metalworks Studios, (Mississauga)
  • Jeff Martin and Nick Blagona - mixing at Metalworks Studios
  • Nick Blagona - mastering at Metalworks Mastering
  • Stuart Chatwood - art direction
  • Alessandro Bavari - artwork
  • Antonie Moonen - design
  • David Giammarco - Special Thanks


  • Marc Oulette - string arrangements
  • "Soulbreaking", "Requiem", "Mantra"
    • Joanna Morin and Francois Pilon - 1st violins
    • Élise Lavoie and Pascale Gagnon - 2nd violins
    • Brian Bacon and Juie Dupras - Violas
    • Vincent Bernard and Élisabeth Dubé - Cellos
  • "Interzone", "The Master and Margarita"
  • Paul Atkins - additional percussion on "Interzone", "The Master and Margarita", "Lullaby", and additional vocals and percussion on "Must Must"


  1. ^ a b The Interzone Mantras at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b David Curry, Get set for The Tea Party's distinctive hard rock. 15 Feb 2002, The Canberra Times Buz, Canberra, Australia.
  3. ^ JC, The Tea Party Jan 2002, Rip It Up, Adelaide Australia.

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