The Truth Is Live Review
It is about 9pm in Sydney at The Manly Fisho’s when the crowd fell silent, the stage went dark, nothing but silence. A silhouette of a man emerges from the wing at the same time that eerie intro music is heard from the speakers. The mysterious figure reveals himself as Azza as he takes his place behind the drum kit. We all stand in waiting and before we know it the music picks up, and at its heaviest point Azza begins pounding on the drums, the lights flash and like an explosion, Taylor, Benny, Clancy and Matthias burst onto the stage; playing the first song of the night Psychopathica.
From the very beginning of the show the pure energy of The Truth Is, is displayed and not once does that power waver. Taylor, the vocalist, has a great connection with the audience, telling them to jump and seeing everyone do just that, shows the strong hold they already have on their fans. It is evident when seeing The Truth Is perform that they are bringing back the stage show in a live music performance. They use all areas of the stage and get into their music, as much as their fans in the pit. And I mean, if the people making the music are really enjoying it, then the audience is going to want to join in because they look like they are having such a great time on stage. Who wouldn’t want to join in on the fun?
It is hard to put The Truth Is into only one genre. Every one of their songs has pulsating riffs, heavy bass lines and pounding drum beats. When they played the first part of the set, Psychopathica, Last Fighting Words & The Downside, the audience had an overwhelming desire to head bang and mosh. Yet, as the show went on and they played songs like Capital...Normal & Elevate, there was the crave to dance. Every song maintains the heavy beats and riffs and strong vocals, but the melodies are either very metal/alternative, while some are more pop rock. This makes for a very interesting show because the music is much more accessible to a range of people. You wouldn’t really think it would work, but when you see The Truth Is, it really does work for them. Taylor has the ability to sing dirty and scream, yet he also has a soft, “pop” voice which works amazingly with the heavy back beat. Not only that, during the show, the echo used on Taylors voice, gives it that extra depth and highlights the vocals and lyrics further.
One of the really great things about seeing The Truth Is live, is that you get a little something different from each song. Because they have left themselves open and embrace and utilise different kinds of music, it is never boring and always diverse. They are able to play metal songs and then play a softer song with expressive lyrics, all to the same audience and please every single person watching. They have a way of making their songs beautiful but raw. I found it very refreshing to see the guys go on stage and not be afraid to try something new. A lot of Australian bands limit their audience by sticking to one genre and not accepting anything else. The Truth Is, however, will play metal with a bit more of a commercial or mainstream feel and still be able to accommodate the metal heads or “underground” music enthusiasts, while gaining the mainstream audience with the exact same music.
The Truth Is will be releasing their debut EP very soon and I strongly recommend giving it a listen. What’s more I highly urge you all to go see them live if given the opportunity!
For more information see: www.myspace.com/thetruthisband