Truth to Power – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

TTP: From a genre perspective we describe ourselves as a Thrash/Hardcore band.  We call it Grudge Rock! We are very truthful in our lyrics and aggressive with our riffs and drums.


PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

TTP: Truth to Power was formed in the mid 2010s by bass player and vocalist Chris Chalmers. At that time Chris was a one man show and utilizing fill-ins to cover all the instruments in the band. In 2021, Chris partnered with Kellan Scalf and Codye Satterwhite at The Maelstrom Studio to produce and record the EP “Claim your Freedom” which will be released later this year. After hearing the singles and laying down lead guitar on one of the tracks, Butch Cunningham became interested in pursuing Truth to Power full time. Chris obliged and at that point, Butch took over drums while Gabe Sweeney and Jonathan Lovall picked up the guitar playing duties. Since then, the band has written several new songs and are preparing for a full length album and tour in 2023.


PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

TTP: Truth to Power has a very open and honest message regarding the way the world is shaping up today. This includes biased media, crooked politicians, social injustice, and the corporate greed we feel impacts everyone today.  Many of our songs are about overcoming these indifferences and revolutionizing thought with the common person.

Musically, we are inspired by many influences in the punk, rock, metal, and hard rock genres over the last 30 plus years. To narrow it down would be an impossible task.  However, if we each pick a band it would be Superjoint Ritual, Lamb of God, Metallica, and Killswitch Engage. These bands all had an impact on us in a major way throughout our musical lives.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

TTP: To reach as many people as possible with our message. We seek to inspire others to think freely, make decisions for themselves, and live peacefully with their fellow man.


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

TTP: The writing and recording of “Claim Your Freedom” was a major milestone in our career.  It helped us define our sound, deliver a message, and inspire the current members to permanently join the band and push its success. We hope to continue to raise the bar as musicians so we can continue to grow in our careers.


PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

TTP: Promoting music is really hard!  Anyone who thinks otherwise is crazy.  It’s a full-time job to stay relevant and in front of potential fans and current fans. We believe that the rise of the bedroom artist has been great for musicians to really DIY and get your music out.  However, the quality of music and recordings has dramatically declined in recent years with many of these artists. We feel that the lack of quality being put out by many artist has become a trend that deters many people from supporting smaller acts and taking a chance on new music. We wish it was different but this is how it is.


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

TTP: We rely heavily on social media, our manager, and word of mouth to promote the band and the shows we participate in.  We have found through playing in various bands over the years, where to play and who to play with. We have a cult following and we are trying to grow that list every show. We have a tour scheduled for summer next year after we finish our next recordings and a few shows in between.  We are most excited about the charity show we are playing on December 10th for kids in need at Christmas time. We are excited to be a part of the scene that gives back to our community.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

TTP: We think downloading music and streaming services have been both great and horrible at the same time. It is great because you easily get your music out there and in the hands of listeners. But at the same time, the ability to make money on the fruits of your labor have been tougher with this revolution in the industry. It has also become a pay to play type of business which makes it tougher for smaller bands and emerging artist to make the necessary capital to grow and expand their fan base through traditional means.  It just means we must get creative with attracting new fans and staying relevant with current fans. 


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

TTP: Chris : “Cold and Ugly” by Tool.  This song, along with most of the Opiate EP, inspired many aspects of my musical taste and writing. I still gravitate towards these songs and style today.


PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

TTP: There are too many good starving artist out there and this is directly the fault of the music industry. Gigs don’t pay, physical media sales are basically non-existent, and you practice your butt off to become a full-time musician and part time t-shirt/merch salesman.  It is still a good ol boy network and full of gatekeepers.  You must navigate these tricky waters diligently and tactfully to even survive these days. We don’t desire to be millionaires, but it would be great to make a decent wage doing what you love.


PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

TTP: We are currently working on our next single “5 to 1”.  We are also working on our next music video for this single. In addition to that, we are writing for the next album and getting ready for the studio. We can’t wait for everyone to hear the stuff we are writing. Our tour next summer is also getting more traction and attention these days.


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

TTP:  Our label website, You can also find us on social media.  Bandcamp is the best place to support us with merch and music sales. 

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