(photo: Ben Einstein)

Oakland’s Rubber Tramp return with their second EP — a genuine rock and roll affair called Desert Tramp, and a record release party this Friday at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco.

Zak Mandel-Romann, formerly of Tumbleweed Wanderers, has put together a supergroup consisting of Vandella’s Tracey Holland, and (among others) former Tumbleweeds that now play in Con Brio and King Dream. All together they make hearty, brazen rock songs filled with big jangling guitars, swirling organs, and much, much more.

So Long Blues, the title track on the first Tumbleweed Wanderers album, resurfaces on Desert Tramp. This time around, it’s more immediate and electric, making its false ending and acceleration at 4:23 mark all the more surprising.

Another highlight, I Want Your Love, places Holland and Mandel-Romann’s call-and-response vocals front and center. It’s a high energy throw-your-arms around singalong that begs to be experienced live. And lucky you, you’ll get to do just that at their release party this Friday night.

Rubber Tramp, Mickelson, Arthur Watership, and Jeremy Lyon
Bottom of The Hill
July 12, 2019
8pm, $12 (21+)