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The Tea Party covers 'Isolation,' raising funds for COVID-19 relief, mental health

An international rock band with roots in Windsor-Essex has put out a timely new song and video.

Video features empty landscapes from across the world

Drummer Jeff Burrows in the Tea Party's latest music video, "Isolation." (The Tea Party/YouTube)

An international rock band with roots in Windsor-Essex has put out a timely new song and video.

The Tea Party released a cover of the song Isolation by the British band Joy Division this week. The song was originally written by the late singer Ian Curtis and recorded just months before his death in 1980.

Tea Party members Jeff Burrows, Jeff Martin, and Stuart Chatwood. (Frances Caludikar/The Tea Party)

Each member of The Tea Party recorded their elements of the cover separately.

According to bass player Stuart Chatwood, fellow bandmate Jeff Martin lives "in kind of a jungle setting in Australia," and therefore didn't have a strong enough internet connection for a real-time collaboration.

"We're a bit jealous of these people that can do live jamming with each other," Chatwood said.

The accompanying music video features recordings of the band displayed on smartphones carried in desolate landscapes.

"We have this mutual friend in Australia, Bill Blair, who is an expert at shooting drone footage," explained Chatwood.

"[He] basically put the call out to a bunch of his friends around the world to go out with their cell phones and put our footage on the phones while they walked around different locations showing the isolation."

Tap to hear Chatwood's entire conversation with Afternoon Drive host Chris dela Torre.

An international rock band with roots in Windsor-Essex has put out a new song and video in very timely fashion. The Tea Party released a cover of the song 'Isolation' by the British band Joy Division and written by its late singer Ian Curtis and recorded just months before his death in 1980. This comes at a time when many of us are feeling the isolation of the pandemic, so The Tea Party also decided to use the song to raise funds for mental health initiatives and frontline workers in Windsor-Essex. We spoke to bass player Stuart Chatwood. 6:07

The video's YouTube description asks viewers to donate to two charities, Conquer COVID-19, an organization that works to deliver personal protective equipment to frontline workers, as well as the Windsor-Essex County branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

"We feel that mental health is a logical place to support — because you won't really feel the effects of this isolation until things get back to normal," Chatwood said.

About the Author

Jonathan Pinto is a reporter/editor at CBC Windsor, primarily assigned to Afternoon Drive, CBC Radio's regional afternoon show for southwestern Ontario. Email jonathan.pinto@cbc.ca.

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