Music premiere: Mike Tramp’s ‘atypical’ Christmas single
The year 2013 has been an eventful one for Mike Tramp, the former White Lion and Freak Of Nature frontman.
Since the release of his semi-acoustic solo album Cobblestone Street in April, Tramp has been touring constantly in Europe, Australia and in the States. This year alone he has played over 100 shows.
To wrap up 2013 Tramp will be releasing the Christmas single The Way It Was Before – which is rather more serious than many other festive songs.
“The Way It Was Before is actually a song that I have kept for many years. The song would never have been written if it hadn’t been for the events in New York City on September 11th 2001, although it doesn’t mention what happened that day.
“I experienced the tragedy from my home in Tasmania at the time and remember the emptiness and feeling of helplessness that I got. New York City had meant everything to me. It was where I went to live out my dream and where my American history began.
“New York City was the place that I had called my home for many, many years. I even won a New York City Music Award as best rock singer. September 11th changed everything. Suddenly we all had to give up part of our freedom and learn to live with the chaos and the restrictions that came with it. At Christmas time that year I sat with my guitar, and it was there that the song came to me. A longing to return to the way that things used to be.”
The Way It Was Before will be released in Europe via Target Records on November 11th.