The Black Keys, Heartless Bastards, The Oblivians
Cal Peck - Guitar, Vocals Dave - Harmonica, Vocals Jimmy "Bangers" - Drums Byron - Bass
Jonn Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters
Frontman Callum Peck and his loyal Tramps - bassist Byron Robertson, Drummer James "Bangers" McKay and harmonica player Dave Benck - have been Perth's premier exponents of rhythm and blues tinged garage rock since forming in 2008. An outfit whose sole aim is to deliver dancefloor-filling, infectious rock rhythms, their reputation was forged in the wake of the six track demo they recorded with Andy Lawson of Debaser Studios, whom they've continued to work with. The demo proved phenomenally popular, with the song "Cinnamon" earning a spot on the 2009 Kiss My WAMI compilation. "Cinnamon" subsequently became the title track of their debut EP, recorded at Cellar Sessions Studio and nationally released through Firestarter Music in August 2009. During this period the band honed their stagecraft, earning a reputation as one of the best live acts in the Perth scene. In addition to headlining their own shows, The Tramps have supported such acts as Heavy Trash featuring Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray (USA), Brian Henry Hooper (Melbourne) and Six Ft Hick (Brisbane). 2010 was a banner year for The Tramps, with January seeing them play the Hope From Ashes benefit for Toodyay alongside Adam Harvey and Angry Anderson; their EP "Kill For You", entirely self released and distributed, hit the shelves in March. The song "Isn't Hard to See" was featured on that year's WAMI compilation and received national radio play and incredible support from Perth indie bastion RTRfm. RTR also placed the band in the One Movement Showcase in October 2010, and the rest of the year saw standout gigs at The Northbridge Festival and Blues at Bridgetown in November and a support slot for the legendary Reverend Horton Heat (USA) in December. Never a band to rest on their laurels, 2011 will see a promotional singlereleased in April, and recording time booked for a full length album in June, with a single scheduled for September and the album for November. This barrage of releases will be supported with both music videos and a national tour designed to give every major market a taste of the Tramps' magic. With a solid work ethic and an unbreakable rock ethos, this is the year that Cal Peck & the Tramps put their stamp on the Australian music scene.