Fueled by the critical success of Quickly Quickly Quickly (2012), the band returned to the studio with a new burst of creative momentum. The result: Grappling, the fourth studio album by The Tea Club. Set to release in 2015, the album features complex, angular instrumentation, anxious and powerful lyrics, virtuosic performances, and endearing melodies. Conceptually, the album summons a series of characters grappling with various personal struggles, told through vivid stories shrouded in utter fantasy. From the autumnal atmospheres of “The Magnet” and “The Fox in a Hole”, the brooding and frantic emotions of “Dr. Abraham” and the melancholic visions of “The White Book”, the album features the most thoughtful, vivid, and challenging music the band has produced yet. Grappling is modern rock refashioned in antiquity.
"...even more mature sounding...powerful…" – Ray Loboda, The Gagliarchives
"they have reached their full maturity as a compositional force, and are ready to assume a leading role in the overcrowded modern prog scene” - Raffaella Berry, Fire of Unknown Origin
“Grand crescendos with huge swells of music all structured in complex and intricate polyrhythmic rock songs…beautiful… They get my highest recommendation. 5/5” - Jerry Lucky, www.jerrylucky.com
"it‘s exceptional, daring, and composed at full capacity from the musicians‘ souls...This is not about skill or sound... this is about vision... 5/5" - Robert Walton, ProgArchives