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Just in time for Halloween:
Mad Tea Party’s  ROCK N ROLL GHOUL

EP Release events:

Oct 2nd ~ The Pour House ~ Raleigh, NC
Oct 15th ~
Stella Blue (opening for Mark Sultan) ~ Asheville, NC
Oct 16th ~ The Double Door Inn~ Charlotte, NC

Asheville’s rock ‘n’ roll duo Mad Tea Party celebrate their favorite holiday again this year with ROCK N ROLL GHOUL, a follow-up to 2009’s ZOMBIE BOOGIE. With garage-rock icon Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound, Oblivions) at the production helm, this year’s monster offering promises to make you howl at the moon.

Mad Tea Party provides their usual palate of shimmering vocal harmonies over Jason Krekel’s one-man-band juke joint guitar/percussion and Ami Worthen’s electric ukulele. Of course, ROCK N ROLL GHOUL also includes some sonic surprises.

The EP offers up 4 spooky selections for your rockin’ Halloween party. “Possessed,” a 60s-tinged psychedelic number, features Worthen’s wicked vocals and a demonic guitar solo from Mr. Cartwright. The furious screamer “Rock ‘n’ Roll Ghoul” expounds upon the theme of flesh-eating music critics while drivin’ rocker “Dr. Phibes” is an ode to the popular Vincent Price villain. The duo close with the Hollywood Flames’ song “Frankenstein’s Den” with Cartwright on drum kit and Caroline Pond (Snake Oil Medicine Show) joining Worthen on doo-wop vocals.

ROCK N ROLL GHOUL is available as a 7” vinyl record and as digital downloads. The EC horror comics inspired art for the record was hand drawn by San Francisco artist Gus Cutty.

Start off the season with some new spooky songs!
If you pre-order the vinyl record before October 1, they will also give you a limited edition hand-carved Dr. Phibes poster by Mad Tea Party’s own Jason Krekel!

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Zombie Boogie EP


skullsq2 While I would have liked to have been able to review this EP for last month’s issue, the fact is…it hadn’t been released yet. Still, I feel we’re close enough to Halloween to give Zombie Boogie a look-see. Besides the kitsch of releasing a Halloween recording, Mad Tea Party has taken the extra cool step of releasing it on seven-inch vinyl. Right on, guys! While only four cuts deep and about 12 minutes long, it’s so much fun that one could easily listen to it several times in a row (I did). With a grooving, party vibe which hearkens back to spooky sock hops of decades past, it’s the perfect recording to get any party — Halloween or not — off on the right foot. As is frequently the case with Mad Tea Party, the production value on this release has that wonderful feeling that in was recorded “Motown style” — lots of reverb on the guitar and even some echo on the drums — creating a lot of depth as well as a sense of time and place. Ami Worthen’s voice pays perfect homage to the teenybopper idols of the 1950s and guitarist Jason Krekel could easily duel it out with a guy like Brian Setzer and walk away victorious. I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention the absolutely swingin’ saxophone work of guest Henry Westmoreland, which for me is the icing on this rockin’ uke-abilly release by one of Asheville’s favorite and most-talented duos.

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By Jon Busdeker

The Huntsville Times


November 05, 2009, 9:14AM

Mad Tea Party, featuring ukulele-player Ami Worthen, will play the Flying Monkey Arts Center tonight

HUNTSVILLE, AL — In the 1950s, when hillbilly music mixed with rock ‘n’ roll, the world got rockabilly. Now, Mad Tea Party has taken rockabilly one step further, merging it with – what else? – the ukulele.

The result: raw and rockin’ uke-abilly.

“It’s such a fun instrument,” said ukulele player Ami Worthen.

But Worthen doesn’t play a boring, ol’ brown ukulele like Tiny Tim did. Hers is custom-made by a company in California, and it looks like a hot-rod car.

“It’s pretty badass,” Worthen said.

Mad Tea Party – made up of Worthen and guitarist /drummer Jason Krekel – will be at the Flying Monkey Arts Center tonight. The show starts at 8. Tickets are $5.

Worthen and Krekel, who both live in Asheville, N.C., met through mutual friends. The two clicked and formed Mad Tea Party.

“Becoming a musician was like jumping into a rabbit hole,” said Worthen about the “Alice in Wonderland” reference.

Since 2004, the duo’s been touring and releasing CDs and records, including “Big Top, Soda Pop” and “Found a Reason.” At tonight’s show, the band will play several tracks from its most recent EP, “Zombie Boogie.” The release features songs such as “Cemetery Stomp,” “You Spooked Me” and “Zombie Boogie.”

Aren’t vampires all the rage now? Why zombies?

“We like the campiness of it,” Worthen said. “It’s just spooky and fun.”

“Zombie Boogie” is available for digital download and on 7-inch vinyl. If you buy the vinyl edition, you receive a download card unleashing a surprise bonus track.

Worthen didn’t want to ruin the surprise, but here’s a hint: Steve Miller and magic.

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Stuff to keep you in the spirit after Halloween’s done gone
by Rebecca Sulock in Vol. 16 / Iss. 14 on 10/28/2009
Elvis once asked why every day can’t be like Christmas. We’d like to know the same about the Halloween season. A zombie record, a zombie author, a haunting release, some wild art and a Dias De Los Muertos celebration to keep you in the spirit.
• Zombie boogie is the latest craze, indeed. Ukeabilly dynamos Mad Tea Party released the Zombie Boogie EP earlier this month, and it’s taken off. The lead track is a silly romp through zombie land, featuring fun lyrics (“Zombie, shuffling in the street / covered in blood, lost half his teeth / Doing the zombie boogie for eternity”) over top MTP’s patented uke-and-guitar rock. We dare you to listen without boogie-ing. Also awesome is the cover art, featuring a creepy-fun letterpress print. The four-track EP features two originals and two covers, plus a surprise bonus. Buy the album as a vinyl 7″ or mp3s at themadteaparty.com or local record shops. Read more at http://www.ukulelerockstar.com.

• Speaking of zombies, Haywood County-based author Eric Brown is a national expert on zombie lit and the author of several works of zombie fiction, many with a Christian theme. His most recent work is World War of the Dead. Look for the release on Amazon.

• Jason Smith of Night’s Bright Colors releases his breakaway project, the 24-track Absinthe Twilight. The hauntingly atmospheric collection represents a 24-hour period; the bittersweet nod to time’s passage accomplished by acoustic instrumentals and hushed vocals. Though Absinthe is a moody, introspective work it’s also accessible, romantic, and cozy as a fireplace on a frosty fall night. Download the full album and its companion EP, Flowers of Evil (with the seasonally-appropriate track “Edward Gorey’s Bedtime Story”), for free at http://nightsbrightcolors.com/absinthe: The site launches today (Wednesday, Oct. 28).

• Before the Screaming Js take the stage at Mo Daddy’s every Wednesday, they set up the art of frontman and piano wizard Jake Hollifield, who’s been painting skulls over found paintings, including portraits of the Kennedy brothers and more. It’s a sight to see, but be sure and stay for the manic boogie mania of the band’s free weekly show.


photo by Jonathan Welch

• Be sure and catch Push Gallery and Skateshop’s show The Arts of Darkness before it goes away on Nov. 3. Featuring the grim, wicked, dark and evil works of 22 terrifyingly awesome local artists (Alli Good, Courtney Chappell, Steve Brown and Ian Dennis among them) and a cemetery art installation in the center of it all. Push is at 25 Patton Ave. 225-5509.


• Follow Halloween’s revelries with something a little more meaningful: A Dias De Los Muertos celebration is to be held in the Mayfel’s Courtyard (accessible from Wall Street) on Sunday, Nov. 1. Celebrators are invited to place offerings in honor of their dearly departed on the alter between 4 and 10 p.m. Some observers will come in skull face-paint to honor the memories of loved ones, others will bring votive candles, photos or pieces of art for the alter. The event has no religious affiliation. The Mayfel’s back bar opens at 4 p.m., food serving begins at 5 p.m.

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October 27th, 2009 Posted in Music, Zombies

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by Patrick

News about Comics, TV, Movies, Video Games and all sorts of other Geeky Stuff

Many thanks to BoingBoing for pointing out to me the new EP from a band called Mad Tea Party.  The album is called Zombie Boogie, and it’s perfect Halloween party music.  With lyrics like this, how could you go wrong?


Zombie boogie, it’s a killer jive
Zombie boogie, it’s not alive
Zombie boogie, no one survives

Zombie boogie, it’s the latest craze
Zombie boogie, straight from the grave
Zombie boogie, puts you in a daze

Zombie boogie, it’s a solid fact
Zombies died, now they’re comin’ back
It’s the zombie boogie, and you’re a snack

To hear the EP’s songs, including Zombie Boogie and Cemetery Stomp, go here.  You can also download the tracks there as well for about a dollar a song.  If you download all of them, you get a bonus song, a cover of the 80’s classic Abba Cadabra.  Awesome!!!

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By DAN ARMONAITIS For the Herald-Journal

Published: Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 3:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 8:55 p.m.

Asheville, N.C.-based duo Mad Tea Party will crash The Showroom for a performance Friday night.

Asheville, N.C.-based duo Mad Tea Party will crash The Showroom for a performance Friday night.

Much like the creatures that Mad Tea Party sings about on the title track to its new EP, “Zombie Boogie,” vinyl is back from the dead.

The wild and wacky Asheville, N.C.-based duo — consisting of guitarist Jason Krekel and ukulele player Ami Worthen — put out its new four-song, Halloween-themed release on a 7-inch, 33 RPM vinyl record.

“Putting out vinyl is as much for ourselves as it is for the public,” Krekel said. “Even though a lot more people are starting to appreciate vinyl, it still isn’t at the level where you can promote it like a CD. We still have to burn some CDs to send to radio stations because a lot of them don’t play vinyl.”

Mad Tea Party has also come up with a solution for its fans who don’t own a turntable. With the purchase of the record, a code will be provided for easy online access to digital downloads of the material plus a bonus track.

The ultra-cool picture sleeve that accompanies the EP is a Krekel creation, utilizing another old-school medium — letterpress printing.

“I kind of did that for people who might not be able to listen to records, figuring they might be inspired to have (the EP) because an original piece of art comes along with it,” Krekel said. “It’s a linoleum print. I carved it out and handset the type.”

Vinyl seems a perfect fit for a band that specializes in hillbilly-flavored, 1960s-style garage rock akin to that of cult favorites Southern Culture on the Skids.

“I’ve got some great old records from the ’50s and ’60s that still sound better than any digital CD I have of the same artist,” Krekel said. “The Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds,’ to me, sounds so much better with some pops and scratches than it does remastered digitally.

“There’s just something cool about records. It feels like a time machine when you put those things on the turntable.”

Regardless of the format, the music on “Zombie Boogie” is what makes the release special.

Just in time for Halloween, Mad Tea Party has provided a revved-up collection that seems custom made for a party. The title track was written by Worthen, and Krekel provided an original song called “You Spooked Me.”

Henry Westmoreland of the Squirrel Nut Zippers plays a blistering baritone saxophone on the EP, which also includes a pair of obscure cover tunes.

“We had it in our heads for like two years that we wanted to do a Halloween record,” Krekel said. “Ami kind of capitalized on the zombie craze with her song, and I went for sort of an homage to Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and King Kahn & the Shrines with mine.”

Earlier this year, Krekel lost his father Tim, a lifelong musician who wrote songs that were recorded by such artists as Rick Nelson, Jason and the Scorchers, Delbert McClinton and Patty Loveless.

“Whenever I saw my dad, it was usually in the context of a gig,” Krekel said. “He lived his life completely for the single enjoyment of being a musician and never compromised. And, for me, that’s very inspiring.”

Want to go?

Who: Mad Tea Party
When: 9 p.m. Friday
Where: The Showroom, 149 S. Daniel Morgan Ave.
Tickets: $8 (advance), $10
Information: 582-0056 or www.hub-bub.com

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by John Staton

Star News in Wilmington, NC

First of all, they’re not that kind of Tea Party. Second of all, one of these days I’ll write a feature about this awesome Asheville duo – Ami Worthen (vocals, ukulele, guitar) and Jason Krekel (vocals, guitar, fiddle, foot drums), pictured at top– that’s bringing songs from its new album “Zombie Boogie” to town. The title track is a uke-driven rockabilly tune about a teenybopper who’s devoured by a zombie. “You Really Spooked Me” is a garage rock screamer with more than a lotta soul. Sounds like it’s party time. Details: 9 p.m. (doors) Saturday, 255 N. Front St. (ground floor), downtown Wilmington. With Sarah Blacker. $7. www.TheMadTeaParty.com or www.MySpace.com/TheMadTeaParty

Asheville garage/surf/rockabilly band Mad Tea Party plays the Soapbox Saturday, Oct. 24.

Asheville garage/surf/rockabilly band Mad Tea Party plays the Soapbox Saturday, Oct. 24.

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October 7, 8:42 AMCharlotte Music ExaminerMonty Chandler

Mad Tea Party has just released a spooky Halloween EP titled “Zombie Boogie”.

The EP is a collectible 33 rpm 7″ vinyl record with a disturbing letterpress cover created at Hand-cranked Letterpress in Asheville, NC.  It also comes in a CD version!

The four tracks on the EP capture Jason Krekel (guitar, drums) and Ami Worthen (ukulele, guitar) at their most raw and rockin’.  With two original songs and two obscure covers, Zombie Boogie is cetain to get you in the mood for the Halloween season.  Copies of Zombie Boogie will be available at Mad Tea Party shows and through their website starting now! Also available in all the online digital stores.

The Mad Tea Party will be opening for Toubab Krewe October 30th at Charlotte’s Neighborhood Theatre.

side a) Zombie Boogie by Ami Worthen ’09; & Cemetery Stomp  side b) You Spooked Me by Jason Krekel ’09; & What’s The Matter?    guest Henry Westmoreland, Sax.  Engineered by Doug Williams.  Mastered by Seva.

Keepin’ it live,


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by Brian Tucker

Bootleg Magazine- Wilmington, NC

skullsq2A band known for playing uke-abilly is unique in itself, but Asheville’s Mad Tea Party continue to impress with their lively retro sound in releasing a 33 rpm 7-inch vinyl of Halloween themed rock music built on rockabilly and ukulele flavors. Zombie Boogie is two originals and two obscure covers, all of them spooky and flat out rockin’ songs (the vinyl has a download code plus bonus track) inside a hand crafted letter-pressed sleeve.

Recording a Halloween album is a fun thing for them to do in this day and age. The duo’s music is a smart fit – its fun, electrified and moves like a high speed chase. ‘Spook Me’ features back and forth guitar riffs, the vibe akin to walking through Louisiana swampland in the dark. Singer Jason Krekel’s howling is reminiscent of the original ‘You Put a Spell on me’ if sung by Trent Reznor. The instrumental ‘Cemetery Stomp’ opens with a bluesy riff that quickly turns into Carl Perkins at a higher rpm and additional horn playing makes it more festive. ‘What’s the Matter’ is hard driving and Ami Worthen’s nasal and sugar coated vocals     propel tongue-in-cheek lyrics like “Baby when I die please don’t wear no black”

At Halloween parties and front doors themed music is usually playing and Zombie Boogie is a fitting addition. Its fifties feel with an edge is fitting for the holiday and the only shortcoming might be that it’s just a handful of songs. Given the spirited quality of Zombie Boogie it begs the question of whether Mad Tea Party will put together a Christmas collection of songs.

-Brian Tucker

Mad Tea Party will be performing at the Soapbox in Wilmington on Saturday, October 24th as an EP release party for Zombie Boogie.

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Beware! This October retro rock duo Mad Tea Party is releasing ZOMBIE BOOGIE, a spooky Halloween EP. “So you thought vinyl was dead? And the ukulele? And letterpress? Well, think again,” the band warns. The EP is a collectible 33 rpm 7” vinyl record with a disturbing letterpress cover created at Hand-cranked Letterpress in Asheville, NC. The four tracks on the EP capture Jason Krekel (guitar, drums) and Ami Worthen (ukulele, guitar) at their most raw and rockin’. With two original songs and two obscure covers, ZOMBIE BOOGIE is certain to get you in the mood for the Halloween season. Brave souls who dare to purchase the vinyl record also receive a download card to get mp3s of all four songs, plus a surprise bonus song. ZOMBIE BOOGIE will be available at Mad Tea Party shows and through their website starting in October, as well as in all of the major online digital stores. The time has come for some crazy, chilling uke-abilly music.


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