Mike Tramp goes back to a full band set up for his latest album Nomad, but remains in the style and the tempo of his last couple of studio releases. This is another earthy, laid back collection of poignant songs of life, love and loss, told in a way only Mike Tramp can deliver.
Of course this isn’t for all fans of White Lion, Mike has long since moved on, but those like myself that have followed Mike throughout his career will as usual find a lot to like here.
Yes, it’s sparse and relatively laid back, sprinkled with as much acoustic guitar as there is electric, but it is nice to hear the type of songs Mike writes delivered with a bit more oomph.
The tempo stays relaxed for most of the record, so it’s not one to get fired up from, but rather a reflective lyrically deep set of songs that give an insight into how Mike sees the world at large and his own personal place in it.
Highlights from the consistent record include the classic Tramp opener Give It All You Got; the organ drenched Counting The Hours; the angst filled acoustic driven Bow And Obey; the dark yet musically breezy No More and the last two tracks which are very personal and open – Live To Tell and Moving On.
If you liked the last two Tramp albums, you’ll like this. Others will have to investigate first.
"Give It All You Got" is the first official radio single and video from Mike Tramp's upcoming album "Nomad".
This summer Mike Tramp was back in Copenhagen where the video for "Give It All You Got" was filmed and edited. Tramp has this to say about the production.
"For Someone who was a big part of the MTV video generation of the 80's where videos became short movies, record companies spent big cash on production and the artist's motto was "we want it bigger and better than the other bands", I can't express how gratifying it is to be able to do my new video, spanning across two evenings and with just one other person involved, who in this case wears both the cameraman and director hat. Yes, it might be late in my career, but I finally feel that I recognize and identify with the person on the other side of the camera, I am finally me, and tha'ts what it's all about..."
The "Nomad" album will the released on the 28th of August world wide on Target Records and Tramp is afterwards heading on an extensive European tour with support/backing back LUCER.
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
28 Aug 2015 Ph Caféen,Copenhagen, Denmark (album releases how)
29 Aug 2015 Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg, Sweden
30 Aug 2015 Debaser Strand,Stockholm, Sweden
05 Sep 2015 Rock Cafe St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany
06 Sep 2015 De Boerderij Zoetermeer, Netherlands
07 Sep 2015 Bada Bing,Oostende, Belgium
09 Sep 2015 The Diamond Sutton in Ashfield, UK
10 Sep 2015 Bannermans Bar, Edinburgh, UK
11 Sep 2015 The Classic Grand,Glasgow, UK
12 Sep 2015 Diamond Rock Club,Ballymena, UK
13 Sep 2015 Roundy Bar Cork, Ireland Tickets
14 Sep 2015 The Workman's Club, Dublin, Ireland
16 Sep 2015 Marine Hotel Colwyn Bay, UK
17 Sep 2015 Iron Road,Evesham, UK
18 Sep 2015 Fat Lil’s Witney, UK
19 Sep 2015 The Cluny,Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
20 Sep 2015 Yardbirds,Grimsby, UK
22 Sep 2015 The Live Rooms, Chester, UK
23 Sep 2015 Robin 2, Bilston, UK
24 Sep 2015 Our Black Heart,London, UK
25 Sep 2015 The Railway Music Venue Bolton, UK
26 Sep 2015 Corporation, Sheffield, UK
30 Sep 2015 Pacific Rock Cergy, France
01 Oct 2015 Rockpalast, Bochum, Germany
02 Oct 2015 Paunchy Cats Club, Lichtenfels, Germany
03 Oct 2015 Night On Fire Festival Pfinztal, Germany
For almost a half decade, Mike Tramp has been on a worldwide journey, touring and living as a modern life nomad, in his quest for personal and artistic freedom and staying true to the idea of the rock n roll troubadour.
Mike has just completed his third solo tour of the USA in 3 years. Playing 50 shows on each tour, traveling all by himself exploring the American continent from coast to coast like never before. A journey of true dedication -making him unique in danish rock history.
With "Nomad" Tramp completes what he calls his trilogy on his journey to show who he is and where he stands. The album makes the final step on the ladder he started climbing (with Cobblestone street), this time with a full band album, from first to last song.
"Without the no compromise on "Cobblestone Street" and "Museum", I would never have found my way home to "Nomad". Each previous album gave me the freedom to follow the songs wherever they wanted to go, and with "Nomad" my vision was clear as a bell, once again I just had to be who I am." - Mike Tramp
In the spirit of the album, Mike Tramp with special guests – "Lucer" embarks on a massive european tour, in late summer taking them to Denmark, Germany, Sweden, England, Netherlands , Belgium, Northen Ireland, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, France and Switzerland.
Mike Tramp completes what he calls his trilogy on his journey to show who he is and where he stands. With Nomad, Tramp reaches the final step on the ladder he started climbing (with Cobblestone street), with a full band album, from first to last song.
Tramp goes all out by saying "With this album I have done and said it all, I am going nowhere else."
In the spirit of the album, Mike Tramp with special guests - Lucer embarks on a massive european tour in late summer taking them to Denmark, Germany, Sweden, England, Netherlands , Belgium, Northen Ireland, Ireland, Scotland and Wales .
5th Hamburg - Ger- Rock Cafe St. Pauli
6th Zoetermeer - Hol - Boerderij
7th Oostende - Bel- Bada Bing
9th Sutton - UK - The Diamond
10th Edinburgh - UK- Bannermans
11th Glasgow- UK- Classic Grand
12th Ballymena -Northern Ireland - The Diamond
13th Cork - Ireland - The Roundy Bar
16th Colwyn Bay - Wales - Marine Hotel
17th Evesham - UK - Iron Road Rock Bar
18th Whitney - UK - Fat Lils
19th Newcastle - UK - Cluny
20th Grimsby - UK - Yardbirds
22nd Chester - UK - Live Rooms
23rd Bilston - UK - Robin2
24th London - UK - Our Black Heart
25th Bolton - UK - Railway
26th Sheffield - UK - Corporation
MIKE TRAMP returns with a new solo album 'Nomad' this August.
Following his first live appearance in Russia, Mike Tramp have completed his next album in Medley Studio in Copenhagen, Denmark. As on his previous 4 albums, co-producer and engineer, Guitar player Soren Andersen, is once again Tramps partner in crime.
The new album will be a full band album from first song to last, and Tramp & Andersen are joined by Morten Hellborn, who played with Tramp and Andersen in the Rock n Roll Circus and bass grooving is being handled by fellow Dane Jesper Haugaard. Hammond B-3 organ will be another Tramp family member, Morten Buchholz.
Tramp says about the new album, "a full rock album was always just amatter of when and this sees once again a natural progression from Cobblestone Street and Museum", but Tramp hints that this is for sure a pure rock album of classic origin and the word acoustic will not be part of the description of it. Fans of Tramp's debut solo album Capricorn, Recovering the Wasted Years and More To Life than this should rejoice. "This is not a departure, it is a contiuing journey onward."
The Album will called Nomad and out late August, followed by a European tour, September onward.
Not a truer line has been written when Mike Tramp’s bio described his album’s a musical diary of his life. Mike certainly wears his heart on his sleeve and pours that heart into his songs.
It’s something I respect the singer/songwriter for immensely, even when I’m occasionally not totally in tune with his musical output.
Mike has recorded some of my favourite singer/songwriter material. His Recovering the Wasted Years album remains an all-time classic for me.
Last year’s Cobblestone Street I thought was a little hit and miss, but the new album Museum is a much stronger affair.
Museum continues the stripped back, acoustic driven sound that Mike’s solo career has been based upon, perhaps a little more energetic than Cobblestone Street.
But at the heart of the album are some more truly inspiring songs.
None better than Trust In Yourself. Mike’s raspy vocal and haunting style are an immediate positive and the message is strong.
The layered acoustics of New World Coming draw you in, before the bluesy earth tones of Down South offer something new for Tramp fans.
The sparse piano ballad Better is another highlight for me, both in the lyrical quirk and the style of the song.
Freedom is a more uptempo and musically layered song while the again haunting Commitment returns to the sparse and raw emotional side.
The trio of songs that follow offer more insights into Mike’s life and continue the quality of earlier tracks.
Time For Me To Go is another great song and closes a very consistent and enjoyable record.
This is another one for long time Tramp devotees. Those that get Mike know what’s coming and based on the songwriting here, should rate this very highly.
Those that prefer the heavier White Lion or Freaks Of Nature sound might still find this a little stripped back for their tastes, but I urge those to take a good listen as skipping this album will miss some classy new songs.
In our first interview, MIke Tramp talks about his new album Museum, his new musical direction, the importance of making new music, his time in White Lion and much more.
Our second interview is with drummer turned frontman John Allen of Charm City Devils. John discusses the band's new album Battles, making the switch from drummer to frontman, his time in SR-71, losing bassist Jeff Reid to cancer, opening for Bon Jovi and much more.
This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the MelodicRockFest 4 - taking place October 3rd and 4th in Arlington Heights, Illinois and features performance by Mitch Malloy, Heaven's Edge, 7th Heaven, Talon, Paul Laine, Bombay Black, Johnny Lima and many more.
See the new video "Trust In Yourself" from Mike Tramp's upcoming soloalbum "Museum".
It's not more than a little over a year ago Mike Tramp released the semi-acoustic "Cobblestone Street" album - An album that showed Tramp from a more singer-songwriter and roots-based angle than his earlier work. Now the former frontman of million-selling hard rockers White Lion is back with a new solo album entitled 'Museum'.
Since the release of 'Cobblestone Street' Tramp has been on an ongoing tour all over the world playing +130 shows from Australia to Europe to the States, where he's been playing 40 shows this year alone.
In August Mike Tramp is ready with a new album entitled 'Museum', which is following the musical steps of his last album. Listen to and watch the first single "Trust in yourself" here:
Mike Tramp - Trust In Yourself (official music video)
The video is directed by Mike's son Dylan Tramp.
'Museum' is produced by Soren Andersen and recorded and mixed at Medley Studios, Copenhagen and will be released world wide August 18th (in GSA August 15th) by Target Records.
Mike Tramp will release his new solo album MUSEAM August 15.
Today he launched the firts single/video fro the album with this message: "Back in Hollywood. Left Arizona at 6am this morning after 3 hours of sleep just wanted to get on with the day. Had a blast last night, was really great to be back on stage. Thanks for all the Fathers Day thoughts, now if my kids could do the same then I guess all would be good. Anyway it's been two years since I recorded "Cobblestone street" and a year and a bit more since it was released. Now it becomes my previous album as we are getting ready for "Museum" soon. So without any further delay. Here is the first single "Trust in yourself". Video directed by my son Dylan Tramp, thanks blue, dad loves you. Enjoy, Tramp."