Truthteller – Interview


PD: What type of artist are you?

T: Alt-rock with a dash of post-hardcore. Imagine if Holding Absence, Boston Manor and Thrice had a baby that didn’t really look like any of them.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

T: 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 practise 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. 


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

T: Our musical influences are spread far and wide, but we’re all big fans of Don Broco, Muse, Architects, Royal Blood and Bring Me the Horizon – which you can hopefully hear in our sound.

In terms of non-musical influences, we’re very inspired by each other and each member’s different approach to working on a song – finding that middle ground between feeling and thinking.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

T: To play at a big UK festival, like Download or Slam Dunk, would be amazing.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

T: It’s a collaborative process and no one takes full responsibility for everything. Our guitarists, Stephen and Chris, often come up with an instrumental track which our bassist, Martyn, will make some structural tweaks to. Our singer, Ewan, then adds vocals and lyrics to which our drummer, Joe, acts as an editor, making notes and suggesting new ideas.

Our songs cover a mixture of topics, but messy relationships, mental health and lockdown have all been featured so far.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

T: As many ways as we can! Online advertising, posters and good old-fashioned word of mouth. And interviews like this, of course. (If you’re reading this, book us. We’re not shit.)


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

T: With the streaming industry as it is, we’re not making money from this. We do it because we love it. If people are enjoying our music, that’s all we care about.


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

T: Happy birthday – think of the royalties.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

T: Bands that turn up and leave without listening to anyone else. 


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

T: Either when our debut single, ‘Reset,’ featured on Radio 5 Live, or when our guitarist shouted ‘woo!’ like Homer Simpson and it made it into the song we were recording.


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

T: Our second EP releases 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 in our third EP, which we’re recording at the end of July.


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?

T: We’ve just released our brand new single, ‘Fire,’ which was described by BBC Introducing Norfolk as having ‘grit, emotion and incredible energy combined with brilliantly crisp production.’ Our debut, self-titled EP released earlier this year and is currently available to stream everywhere you can think of.

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