In these troubled times, when I close my eyes while watching the news, music can lift us out of sad thoughts and take us to a better place. This is one of those songs! It is released on Friday, October 20th. 

The Damn Truth is:

Dave Traina (drums),

Lee-la Baum (vocals, guitar),

PY Letellier (bass),

Tom Shemer (guitar).

The Damn Truth describe themselves as a “Montreal four-piece rock and roll band,” and the single is in that vein with a strutting style. It begins with a Spanish-style flamenco clapping before it moves into an AOR rock frame,solid sing-along radio rock with this great little guitar riff that throbs away under the melody. 

“I’m nervous; I’m glued to the phone. 

I can’t deal with people, 

Just leave me alone. 

It’s a 21st century thing 

A dream that makes you scream 

WOAH! (words and music, The Damn Truth)

“This is the first song from the sessions for our forthcoming studio album that we are recording with our producer Bob Rock (Aerosmith, Metallica, Motley Crue) at Bryan Adam’s recording studio ‘The Warehouse’ in Vancouver,” says TDT’s lead singer Lee-La Baum. 

Continues Lee-la, “Working with Bob a second time was even more inspiring than the first. I don’t know exactly what comes over me, but when I’m in the vocal booth singing into Frank Sinatra’s mic, knowing that Bob is in the other room, basically hanging on my every breath, I am able to let go and try all sorts of things that weren’t ever in my mind before. It’s really freaking fun!” 

Picture: Martin Brisson

Tom Shemer- “The whole thing started with a riff, and I knew immediately that I had something cool here. I showed the riff to Lee-la and she came up with the melody and lyrics for the verses right there on the spot. We had the song banging on high energy from beginning to end, very much in the spirit of The Kinks, and once the train was rolling, there was no stopping it. Once Bob heard the song, he felt that the chorus should be different somehow. It didn’t take long to iron out the details and bring that chorus to a new level. There was a real moment of collective emotion when Lee-la sang the chorus for the first time in the studio. We all felt it; it was magical. Bob said, ‘forget everything you know about guitar playing and just go for it.’ I only played one take of the solo. He was right! 

I have no doubt that the song will sound great live, as it is brimming with vitality and vigor.

Which reminds me! 

The band is, as we speak, doing a headline UK tour; all the information is below.

I would say, get out there and grab a ticket, as this is a belting band that is on their way up.

If you can be there, the boys (and girls) wanna rock!


Leeds Brudenell
Monday 16 October 2023
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33 Queen’s Rd, Leeds LS6 1NY

Galashiels Mac Arts
Wednesday 18 October 2023
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Bridge Street, Galashiels, TD1 1SP

Northampton Black Prince
Sunday 22 October 2023
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15 Abington Square, Northampton, NN1 4AE

Norwich Waterfront
Tuesday 24 October 2023
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139-141 King St, Norwich, NR1 1QH

Dover Booking Hall
Thursday 26 October 2023
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Dover, CT17 9FE

By Stevie Ritson.

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