Tramp Attack

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Tramp Attack
Origin Liverpool, England
Genres Rock
Years active 2000-2001, 2003-2007, 2007-11
Labels Honey Records, Must Destroy, The Viper Label
Associated acts The Bandits, The Zutons, The Mother Lovers
Members Matt Barton
Barry Southern
Chris Marshall
Ian Lane
Past members Kristian Ealey
Scott Dulson
Tony Dunne
James Redmond
Dave McCabe

Tramp Attack were an English rock band from Liverpool.


Tramp Attack formed in Liverpool in 2001 by Dave McCabe, Hollyoaks and Brookside actor Kristian Ealey, Matt Barton, drummer Ian Lane and bassist Scott Dulson and keyboard player Tony Dunne who left early on to form The Bandits.

Dulson was replaced by James Redmond and the band carried on without a keyboar player. After quickly gaining an enthusiastic and loyal fanbase, the band secured residencies in the pubs and clubs of Liverpool and went on to win a Battle Of The Bands at The Royal Court.

The band released their debut single 'Rocky Hangover' in 2001 on Honey Records. The single was produced by Rob Ferrier at Great Northern Studios with B sides 'Broken Man'(written by McCabe) and 'Ladybird' (written by Redmond). Soon after the release of the single, the band split with Dave McCabe going on to form The Zutons and Kristian Ealey working with Edgar Jones in an early lineup of his 'Edgar Jones & the Joneses' band with Candie Payne.

Matt Barton and Ian Lane continued working together as The Mother Lovers, and released 'Rex' under that name on 'The Great Liverpool Acoustic Experiment' compilation album in 2002. Gaining little attention with their new band, the duo renamed themselves Tramp Attack and gigged regularly across Liverpool, including several shows at The Bandwagon night held at The Zanzibar. Liverpool at the time was attracting much interest from record labels large and small, and Tramp Attack proceeded to release records through the London-based Must Destroy record label, such as the band's first album 'Attack, Attack, Attack...'

In the summer of 2006 the band's second album 'Call In Sick' was released on The Viper Label. The band, despite a brief break-up at the start of 2007, continue to perform throughout the city of Liverpool and further afield, such as at the Coniston Festival.

In May 2016, former vocalist Kristian Ealey died aged 38 in Italy.

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Matt Barton (a.k.a. Jack Russel) – vocals, guitar (2000–present)
  • Ian Lane (a.k.a. Son of John) – drums (2000–present)
  • Chris Marshall (a.k.a. Mr. Bravestar) – bass (2002–present)
  • Barry Southern (a.k.a. The Ship's Cat) – guitar (2002–present)
  • Tony Dunne (a.k.a. Antoine Deschamps) - keyboards (2000-2001 2007–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Kristian Ealey – vocals (2000–2001)
  • Scott Dulson – bass (2000)
  • James Redmond – bass (2001)
  • Dave McCabe – guitar, vocals (2000-2001)



  • Attack! Attack!! Attack!!! (2004)
  • Call in Sick (2006)


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2001 "Rocky Hangover" Non-album single
2003 "Eight Years Since School" 122 Attack! Attack!! Attack!!!
"Oh! When the Sun Goes Down" 94
2004 "1471" 86

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • The Great Liverpool Acoustic Experiment (2002) "Rex" as The Mother Lovers
  • 21st Century Liverpool Underground (2005) "Double Decker Bus", "Swine", "Ladybird", "Broken Man", and "Barrel of Fun".
  • The Engine Room presents...vol. III (2006) "Two Feet".


  1. ^ "Chart Log UK: DJ T - Tzant". Retrieved 2014-07-13. 

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