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This is the start of a new series wherein I (and hopefully other staff!) will be drawing your attention to those who plow away at the furrow in our individual localities.


Alpha Male Tea Party may compare themselves to “Elton John and sausages.” Their guitarist may possess a predilection towards dressing like a hyper-extended form of James Harries whilst on stage. Sure, their bassist may even don a pair of Mad Max-style post-apocalyptic goggles and dress up like Hulk Hogan when the time is right.

Don’t let any of this fool you. Alpha Male Tea Party are very much the real fucking deal. They combine the scope, intensity and talent of groups like Battles, Oceansize and Blakfish with the dress-sense and mad-cap divinations of Devo. For a genre and scene that can wallow in pretension, AMTP stand out with their surrealist mores; humourous song titles, unsubtle dress sense and a nod to weirder sides of life.

Having previously secured support slots with groups of the calibre of And So I Watch You From Afar, Adebisi Shank and Goonies Never Say Die, the trio have already laid waste to a number of venues in the North West of England and beyond. They also work closely in conjunction with Liverpool-based EDiLS Records, one of the fastest growing labels in the city. In spite of such a sparkling CV, the trio are still looking to broaden horizons; both their own and the audiences’.

March 2012 saw the release of their long-awaited self-titled debut LP. Their brand of self-described “unintentionally instrumental rock” is due to finally receive the adoration, respect and recognition that it deserves…and with good reason. AMTP’s self-titled album exudes class and is like a fun nightmare; the kind that you don’t mind having because the illicit thrill of it all is delightful. The jarring riffs, stop-start precision instrumentation and reckless abandon it provides is impossible to ignore or disparage.

So what’s it going to be? Do you want to be an on-high Alpha or a lowly Beta? We think you already know the answer.

Find below the link to their album on Spotify. Enjoy!


Not sure where this is going but its an interesting read.

Just something I thought I'd try. Staff members are spread out all over the place, so I thought at least one of us could try and turn that into copy. This article is just to get started; it's cribbed from their press release but I wrote that in the first instance so there you go. Give the album a listen, I really love it.

Hahahaha love the title of the series - Focal Locus ftw!

Let's see if I can't get any Malaysian bands up in here :)

Liking the idea and execution. Hope you can keep it up for the rest of the year (that's what she said)!

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