With influences from the legend that is Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, The Beatles and The Coral, Clever Little Tramps released their long awaited second EP Nothing is Worthless on the 3rd August. The trio of Russell Holden (vocals and guitar), Mark Holden (backing vocals and percussion) and Michael Bates (backing vocals and bass) have built up a loyal following leaving their audience captivated with their own brand of highly emotive, melodic and hauntingly poetic lyrics. The EP artwork was inspired by Russell’s wife who having listened to the EP said it could be about anyone because everyone has their own stories.
The EP consists of four compositions falling into the genre of mellow, acoustic, blues rock. The opening track Nothing Is Worthless is about lost love and opens with the phrase “Not over ‘til its over” with a nice melody and some clever lyrics. My personal favourite Crimson Dress is perhaps a little darker but a lot more upbeat, with maybe a little Mumford and Sons in there. (Pssstt… those of you who buy the EP also get access to a secret hidden track, Hear My Words.)
The band says they have enough material to produce four or five albums but are prevented by time and money. Seems to be an issue with most young bands. Although an album is not ruled out there is the possibility of producing a concept album. Clever Little Tramps are supporting Sam Brookes at The Zanzibar on 5th October as well as supporting Doodah Farm at The Lantern Theatre on 31st October.
Ian Sharp is originally from Wigan, but grew up in Liverpool. He is passionate about music and although hard of hearing has learnt to appreciate music in its purist form. A musician in the making he enjoys many genres but particularly likes folk, Indie and alternative music. He's a big fan of Twitter and would be lost without his iPhone.