Storm in a Teacup

Artist: Garth Adam

Distributed by: Garth Adam

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            When I received the EP Storm in a Teacup by Garth Adam, I was a bit excited.  This was a CD that had come to me all the way from Australia.  Yes, I know, people receive packages from Australia all the time, but it is truly nice to see that our website is touching people all over the world – enough so that they want to take part in the site by sending along items for review.

            For those of you who have no idea who Garth Adams is, have you ever heard of 30 Odd Foot of Grunts?  That’s the Australian band that actor Russell Crowe performs with when not in the process of creating another epic film.  Well, Garth Adams is the former bass player and manager of the band.  He has been in quite a few bands over the years, but embarked on a solo career in 2002.  Storm in a Teacup represents Garth Adam’s fourth release since he decided to go it on his own.  According to Adam, he completely enjoyed the experience of working on this EP: “The recording was a blast.  It was with a bunch of friends and we used old guitars, old amps, a creaky 40-year-old Hammond B3 organ, a slightly out of tune 100-year-old iron frame piano and my coffee-and-red-wine-strained vocal chords.

            Storm in a Teacup contains three tracks: Scream on the Inside, Storm in a Teacup and Wake Me Up.  All lyrics are written by Garth Adam and the music is a compilation of work by Garth Adam and friends.  I’m glad that Garth Adam revealed that he used older instruments in the making of this album – it explains the sound, which is reminiscent of Elvis Costello and Pink Floyd.  In Scream on the Inside, I find Garth Adam’s vocals to be very on par with those of Pink Floyd in Comfortably Numb, but no way near as spooky.  The song itself discusses the moments in our lives when everything seems to be going wrong and we feel helpless to do anything about it.  Thus we “scream on the inside” as we watch the outside world fall apart.  The title track, Storm in a Teacup, is a song with upbeat sound that talks about a stormy relationship that seems to be up one minute and down the next.  The final track, Wake Me Up, is an upbeat love song that I could imagine playing in the background or during the end credits of a romantic comedy.

            The more you listen to the Storm in a Teacup EP, the more enjoyable it is.  The upbeat melodies, the retro music, and well-written lyrics combine to create a fun experience for the listener.  Apparently I am not the only person to find Storm in a Teacup to be an enjoyable musical experience as songs from the EP have found their way to more than 50 radio stations in Australia alone.  If you are a fan of pop/rock songs with a retro style, you should check out Storm in a Teacup by Garth Adam.

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