“We call it American Gypsy, because it wanders but isn’t lost. It’s a tramp, you can’t get lost when you’re in love with where you are.”
Formed in 2011, songwriter/director Antony Ablan began his search for a band–a group of musicians that could handle, with grace, the wildly eclectic and dynamic changes in mood of his writing. “It was several months of working with all sorts of great players before I found the right fit. When it clicked it was so obvious to me, I knew these were the right musicians, it finally worked.”
The band soon found themselves headlining Chicago’s most notable venues, from Schubas to Lincoln Hall, to The Empty Bottle. They embarked on their first national tour in the fall of 2011, earning notoriety for their explosive live shows all the way down to Texas and back.
Upon returning to Chicago, they created a completely independent, full-length album containing 63 minutes of original music that takes the listeners through wide open prairie scenes, bustling big-city streets, ragged American-gypsy grooves, intimate soulful pleas, soaring climatic instrumentals, and for the final moment of the album, a heavenly a capella choir that sends the listener endlessly upwards.
The album is captivating journey from start to finish, and now, they will be taking “exotic & beautiful” to the next level. 2014 will be bringing The Tramps on another journey throughout the Midwest and back to Texas with their best work yet. Keep your eyes and ears open for the next Tramps show near you!