The Tear Garden

The Tear Garden

The Tear Garden is a psychedelic/gothic/electronic band, formed by Edward Ka-Spel of The Legendary Pink Dots and cEvin Key of Skinny Puppy in 1985 after Key served as a sound engineer on tour in Canada for Ka-Spel. The Tear Garden was released that same year, with Dave Ogilvie producing.

The group reconvened in 1987 to release Tired Eyes Slowly Burning with contributions from the other members of Skinny Puppy to a limited degree of success. Members of the Legendary Pink Dots would henceforth contribute to Tear Garden and in 1992 they released the full-length album The Last Man to Fly. Another EP, Sheila Liked The Rodeo, much of which was live studio improvisation was accompanied by a video (directed by William Morrison) of the title track in 1993.

With the collapse of Skinny Puppy in 1995 and cEvin's primary commitment over, he and The Tear Garden released To Be an Angel Blind, The Crippled Soul Divide in 1996, followed by Crystal Mass in 2000. Crystal Mass marked a departure for the group, with more focus seemingly directed toward sound and production than the traditional staple, the lyrics. In 2002 a limited edition compilation of previously unreleased songs, Eye Spy With My Little Eye came out on Key's Subconscious Communications label. A best of, For Those Who Would Walk With The Gods is also available.

The Tear Garden have never toured, a detail that has limited their commercial potential. The only live performance of Tear Garden material by members of both Skinny Puppy and the Legendary Pink Dots was on April 14, 1988 in Leiden, Holland and May 1, 1988 at Foyer St. Arbogast in Strassbourg France, during Skinny Puppy's Head Trauma tour, for which Edward Ka-Spel was the opening solo act. At the end of Ka-Spel's set cEvin Key joined him on guitar and keyboards for a performance of the song The Centre Bullet. The Legendary Pink Dots have performed Isis Veiled as an almost necessary encore at every show during their last few tours.

After having successfully collaborated in 2007 on The Secret Experiment, Edward and cEvin wrapped up their sessions of 13 tracks, compiled into a brand new album called "Have A Nice Trip" released in 2009.


The Tear Garden Discography Tracks


The Tear Garden The Tear Garden (MiniAlbum) Nettwerk, Nettwerk Belgium 1986 Sell This Version
The Tear Garden Tired Eyes Slowly Burning (Album) Nettwerk, Nettwerk Canada 1987 Sell This Version
The Tear Garden The Last Man To Fly (Album) Nettwerk Europe 1992 Sell This Version
The Tear Garden To Be An Angel Blind, The Crippled Soul Divide (Album) Nettwerk, Sub-Conscious Communications US 1996 Sell This Version
The Tear Garden Crystal Mass (Album) Nettwerk, Sub-Conscious Communications Canada 2000 Sell This Version
The Tear Garden Eye Spy With My Little Eye (Album) Sub-Conscious Communications US 2002 Sell This Version
sub 033 The Tear Garden The Secret Experiment(CD, Album, Ltd) Sub-Conscious Communications sub 033 US 2007 Sell This Version
The Tear Garden Have A Nice Trip (Album) Sub-Conscious Communications US 2009 Sell This Version
The Tear Garden Eye Spy Volume 2 (Album, Comp) Metropolis, Sub-Conscious Communications US 2017 Sell This Version
The Tear Garden The Brown Acid Caveat (Album) Sub-Conscious Communications, Metropolis USA & Canada 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Tear Garden Sheila Liked The Rodeo (EP) Nettwerk Canada 1993 Sell This Version


NET 047 CD, 402.0047.20 The Tear Garden Bouquet Of Black Orchids(CD, Comp) Nettwerk Europe, Play It Again Sam Records NET 047 CD, 402.0047.20 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
BrTG8 The Tear Garden Для Тех, Кто Прогулялся Бы С Богами(CD, Comp, Ltd) Brudenia BrTG8 Russia 2001 Sell This Version


Tear Garden* Center Bullet Live In Strasbourg 1​.​5​.​1988 Not On Label (The Legendary Pink Dots Self-released) Netherlands 2012