The Mystery Tramps

The Mystery Tramps

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A volatile concoction of youth and music, The Mystery Tramps bring an intangible magic to life with their unique blend of classic and modern rock influences. Their new self-produced EP, We Are The Mystery Tramps, is a follow-up to last year’s full-length pop gem Cure For The Common Misconception.

Biography

“..a highly polished blend of power pop and punk..” — Boston Herald

“The Tramps...play punk-inspired pop tunes that are reminiscent of Green Day..” — Boston Globe

“The Mystery Tramps create not just quality music, but authentic and meaningful statements of youth.”
— Northeast Performer

They have been together for almost four and a half years. That's well into adulthood in rock band terms, even though lead guitarist Adam Amoroso was only twelve when he and his mates Eric Grava, Andrew Leader, and Martin DiLiegro teamed up to form The Mystery Tramps on Halloween night, 2004, in their hometown of Lynnfield, Massachusetts. They chose its name from the lyrics of a Bob Dylan classic (Like a Rolling Stone).

Before long, The Tramps began to infiltrate the Boston music scene, regularly headlining the key venues in town, as well as playing clubs in NYC. In 2007, they were selected as the winner of the 13th Annual WBCN/Berklee College of Music Battle of the High School Bands, and, in unprecedented fashion, all four members were awarded scholarships to the Berklee College Summer Program.

The Mystery Tramps recently released their third CD, We Are The Mystery Tramps. The self-produced EP includes six original songs, and, while clearly demonstrating the maturity in the band's songwriting and performance skills, it serves as a fitting follow-up to 2007's full-length release, Cure For The Common Misconception. Boston radio stations, including WBCN, WFNX, and WXKS, have embraced the music of The Mystery Tramps.

The band considers opening for The Aquabats and MC Lars at the fabled Avalon Ballroom in Boston; working with Greg Hawkes of The Cars, who produced their debut EP, Nowhere's End; and their time spent with producer/mixer Stephen George (Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Ric Ocasek, Chris Brown) on Cure For The Common Misconception among the highlights of their young careers.

Lyrics

You're So Alone

Written By: Eric Grava

There’s a one-way train
And it’s headed my way
And I don’t know
If I can shake it off

It’s a one-man game
That I’m willing to play
But I can’t shoot
‘Cause you always block the shot

This is what it comes down to in the end
Are we friends?
Are we friends?
‘Cause I can’t take it without breaking

So please try to listen
Because I know it doesn’t matter
Much to you any more
But if you give me time
You might like what you find
But you’ll never know ‘cause

You’re so alone
You’re so alone

It’s a one-man stage
And I’m trying to play
But of course
You always steal the spot

I won’t bother you
Or get in the way
‘Cause we both know
Our hearts are tied like knots

This is what it comes down to in the end
Are we friends?
Are we friends?
‘Cause I can’t take it without breaking

So please try to listen
Because I know it doesn’t matter
Much to you any more
But if you give me time
You might like what you find
But you’ll never know ‘cause

You’re so alone, you’re so alone
Why don’t you just pick up your phone
You’re so alone, you’re so alone
All kept up sitting there at home

Rhyme and Punishment

Written By: Adam Amoroso

Hear me out because I know
I shouldn’t complain
About the messes
That I couldn’t fix myself
Everybody’s got problems
So help each other out

We live in a caste system
I will confess
Its one not the other and never the rest
I like to keep what I’m preaching true
But if it matters that much
Then its up to you

For every ending
There’s a new beginning
For every time we fall
We’re still standing up

Life on the streets
Life down below
How did we get here?
And where will we go?
Rhyme and punishment
Maybe I know
Maybe I don’t
Time’s running out
But but they say time will show
Rhyme and punishment

Someway Somehow

Written By: Eric Grava

Every lame excuse
Every point of view
Every time I step into the light
Every time I bleed
You’re all I really need
You’re all I need to get me through the night

So take it back
Some words are better left unsaid
Just take it back
The wasted love left on my bed
Take it back
You swore you’d do this for me now
Just take it back
Someway somehow

Every bad mistake
Every heart you break
All the accusations you deny
Every shot you missed
Every boy you kissed
I know (I’m one) so don’t think twice to lie

Actors

Written By: Adam Amoroso

Everyone’s an actor
Performing for whoever it might be
Everyone’s got a secret
Something hidden under lock and key
Everyone’s on fire
Everybody’s getting burned
Everyone’s a liar
Once they know what the truth is worth

What are you waiting for?
We’ve got a show to put on

I don’t have to
Be a part of some imaginary god complex
I would like to make this clear
This is not what I signed up for
There must be some mistake

Actors, actors
Everybody’s acting different
Times have changed now
Here comes another minute
Camera, action
Everybody’s acting different
Actors, actors
No one is protected any more

Everyone’s inspired
Everybody can create
Everyone conspires
It’s up to them to instigate
Everyone’s for hire
Everybody’s getting paid
Everyone retires
Once they think they’ve made the grade

What are you looking at?
We’ve got a show to put on

I don’t have to
Be a part of some imaginary god complex
I would like to make this clear
This is not what I signed up for
There must be some mistake

Actors, actors
Everybody’s acting different
Times have changed now
Here comes another minute
Camera, action
Everybody’s acting different
Actors, actors
No one is protected any more

She Said

Written By: Andrew Leader

She knows
She knows she’s all alone
Tonight beneath her wood frame
With only her guitar fame
And she can’t
Hide her lonely eyes
Behind her grinning smile, girl
Have a little style, girl

And I know
I’m only wasting time
Well, in time
I know that she’ll be mine

So I’ll go
And catapult my brain
Into the trash again, when
She’ll finally get mad, then
And they,
They stare so insecure
Voices wringing out, girl
Who’s to help you now, girl

And I know
I’m only wasting time
Well, in time
I know that she’ll be mine

She claims we changed
And I shouldn’t complain
Move on and sustain
Ourselves, alone
She claims, we changed
Now just, static
Anxious, panic
Don’t tell me you want me back,
She said

So I’ll go
And empty out my room
Of anything she left behind
As she locked me out
And now
As I put away my picture frames
It reminds me of the way she used to say my name
And the way that she would smell

And I know
I’m only wasting time
Well, in time
I know that she’ll be mine

She claims we changed
And I shouldn’t complain
Move on and sustain
Ourselves, alone
She claims, we changed
Now just, static
Anxious, panic
Don’t tell me you want me back,
She said

Discography

We Are The Mystery Tramps (EP) May, 2008
Cure For The Common Misconception (LP) March, 2007
Nowhere's End (EP) June, 2005

Set List

Sets are comprised of original material, with an occasional cover, and set lengths vary from 30 to 60 minutes.

Current originals:
Someway, Somehow
All In My Head
Rhyme and Punishment
You're So Alone
On The Other Side
Too Late
One More Day
This One's On Us
A World Like This
Hard To Resist
Last In Line
Actors
Say Good Night
She Said
Red Handed
Older originals:
Let's Give Up
Tonight Show
Taking The Fall
Pretty Ugly
Hell To Pay
Giving Me Ideas
Passed Out (On The Floor)
Who's To Blame
Good Times In May

Examples of covers:
Breathe (Pink Floyd)
We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet (The Blues Magoos)
Black Messiah (The Kinks)
Stuck In America (Sugarcult)
So Long, Astoria (The Ataris)
Lovers of Loving Love (The Aquabats)