Alpha Male Tea Party's Tom Peters: "Throwing a simple major-key riff together wasn't doing it for me any more… I thought, 'How can I use melody differently?'"

Alpha Male Tea Party
(Image credit: Mike Banks)

While hardly a household name, in a certain corner of the world, Alpha Male Tea Party reign supreme. Their effervescent math-prog riffs set them apart from their contemporaries, balancing a melodic sensibility with a gleeful technical edge. 

At the same time, their self-deprecating worldview, expressed in song titles like Your Happiness Was Stored On A Hard Drive And Is Now Corrupt, and I Haven't Had A Lunch Break Since Windows Vista Came Out saw them connecting with a avid group of music fans navigating adulthood in the weird aftermath of the 2008 financial crash.

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.