Truth Teller Discusses EP's, Single, and Lots Else!

Alternative post-hardcore rockers TRUTH TELLER have two EP's one coming this late summer, with another EP in the works, and them wanting to play as much as they can! The band discusses their time together, music, and more below.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

The band was originally formed as MARV, with Ewan on vocals/guitar and Joe on drums. Shortly afterwards, the first lockdown hit, but the pair stayed in contact by sending small ideas to each other. As soon as they were able to practice again, Stephen joined on lead guitar and we recorded our debut single, Reset. Martyn later took over on bass, and within two weeks we were recording our first EP. We became known as TRUTHTELLER and Chris adopted Ewan’s guitar responsibilities, freeing us up to throw ourselves headfirst into every live show. 

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

‘TRUTHTELLER’ was a reaction to the very open, very honest lyrics we’d been writing up to that point. We’re a band that talks about personal issues without rose-tinted glasses. We don’t hide our insecurities to fit an image - we embrace them so that our music can reflect who we are. And that’s something you can’t do without being authentic. Something you can’t do without telling the truth.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

The band is based in Norwich, UK. The music scene here, like everywhere else, struggled during COVID. A number of small, grassroots venues have closed or are closing, but the scene has some fight in it yet - just look at some of the great post-lockdown bands already pushing back. People will always make music. 

Sleemo are a fantastic local band who sound like if black midi committed to fucking huge riffs and deserve more recognition. Another band we’d recommend is Chicanes, writing some of the catchiest straight up rock you’ll hear, and who we’ll be gigging with next month! 

4. How would you describe your style?

Somewhere between alt-rock and post-hardcore, we try to amalgamate all of our influences to create something new and interesting. We each try to bring something to the table. We’ve drawn comparisons to Holding Absence, Boston Manor and Thrice, but our influences are spread far and wide.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

We’ve just released our brand new single, ‘Fire,’ from our second EP (releasing August 26th). It’s a massive evolution in our sound - more aggressive, more introspective, more mature. We feel we’ve really found our style with this one and can’t wait to push it even further. Our debut, self-titled EP released earlier this year and is currently available to stream everywhere.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We never don’t! We’re recording our third EP at the end of the month and already have some ideas floating around for a fourth.   

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We play as much as we can, everywhere we can. If you have a show you want us to play, get in touch!

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Bigger riffs, bigger crowds, bigger stages.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

You can listen to us everywhere, from Spotify to YouTube to Apple Music and Amazon Music. Merch coming soon.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

You know that feeling when you hear a band for the first time and immediately know you’re going to have them on repeat for years to come? We want people to remember that feeling, just before it stops being a memory.

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