The Damn Truth Release Official Music Video for Deeply Poignant “Alex”!

Montreal based, blues-infused rock band The Damn Truthhas released the official music video for “Alex,” off of their 2016 released Devilish Folk. Directed by Erica Orofino, “Alex” presents yet another complex layer to the critically acclaimed band’s diverse song writing.

“Some stories, some moments, change you. Change the way you look at the world. Change the way the world looks at you. We wear our scars on the inside. They are invisible, but you feel like everyone can see.
This moment in time changed me to my core and in fact, shaped me to be the person I am today.

ALEX – I promise I will NEVER FORGET” – Lee-la Baum

“The sixth track on ‘Devilish Folk’ is ‘Alex’…The song kind of switches gears with an angelic clean opening influenced by good ole delta blues. The song hits you with a very “star-crossed lovers” situation; bittersweet, loving, and forlorn.
‘Alex’ still gives the power of Baum’s vocals and lets it shine, but you can feel the sadness and grief while she bellows out the pain.” – Gonzo Today

Catch The Damn Truth LIVE:
03/29 @ The Cobalt – Vancouver, BC
03/31 @ Doc Willoughby’s – Kelowna, BC
05/04 @ Nietzsche’s – Buffalo, NY

Over the years, Canada has given us a lot of great bands; Neil Young , Alanis MorrisetteArcade FireBryan AdamsThe Guess WhoBTORush and many more.

Well, now there’s a new name you can add to that list; The Damn Truth.

Singer-guitarist Lee-la Baum has been called the love child of Robert Plantand Janis Joplin; mixing up the best of the classic rock the band loves with the indie energy of their hometown Montreal scene.

The band is here to introduce their new album (their 2nd), Devilish Folk, meet their American fans, and promote the new single, “White Lies”.

But the journey to get here has been a Behind The Music tale of drama, misfortune, and lucky breaks.

For example, you could say there’s nothing more rock n’ roll than your van blowing up in the middle of your biggest national tour to date. Unless of course, you’re The Damn Truth, and you’ve barely escaped with just the clothes on your back while most everything else is up in flames. And, oh yeah, it’s pitch black in the middle of nowhere in the northern Canadian backwoods. And you’ve got your 3-year old son and his babysitter also on board. And, did we mention it’s in the middle of winter – A Canadian winter.

“We had literally just driven out from a garage in the last town where the mechanic told us everything was fine. Thank god this car drove up beside us on the highway – waving their arms frantically – and told us that the van was on fire . We stopped, got as much stuff out as we could, and then literally watched the van blow up in front of us; all our gear – gone.” remembers drummer Dave Traina.

Nothing has ever come easy for The Damn Truth, but for every adversity there has been some unexpected reward. In this case, they quickly scrambled a funding campaign that raised over ten thousand dollars within 24 hours. The experience brought out the best from their fans and the local community and a renewed faith in the power of music. The tour continued. The shows – and their belief in rock n’roll – got stronger.

And now The Damn Truth are set to do it all over again (except for the blowing up part, of course).

A lot of good things have happened since then for the Montreal based quartet such as singer Lee-la Baum turning in a heart-stopping vocal for an Yves St Laurent TV commercial- their new perfume, Mon Paris, that is rolling out worldwide. The vocal (a cover of “Love Is Blindness” by U2) has had such an impact, raking in over 400K views, thousands of comments, emails and orders have come in from around the globe, exposing the band to a wide audience of new “Truth Seekers “.

The Damn Truth have their roots definitely in 60s and 70s rock ,but they are adding to that palette with alt-rock and indie-rock and whatever-else-kind-of rock attitudes and power; basically, what makes the music stronger is all that counts. Consider the pedigree of the alternative and classic rock credentials of Devilish Folk.

Devilish Folk mixed by Grammy-award winner Tchad Blake (Black KeysPearl JamArctic Monkeys, and others). All this power was brought to the forefront via the mastering of John Davis, responsible for the recent Led Zeppelin re-issues in addition to work with U2Lana del RayStone RosesFlorence & The Machine, and others.

The Damn Truth have always been a self-contained unit; producing their own records, videos, and hanging out old-school after a show; meeting the fans one by one.

“We’ve had to work hard every step of the way,” says lead guitarist Tom Shemer. “But that’s ok. People know it’s real when they come to the shows”.

Part of that ethos is the family vibe amongst the band; Tom and Lee-la travel with their 3-year old son “there has never been a choice in the matter. Rock n’ roll has always been our lives and his too. He’s been on tour since he was 2 months old. “ says Lee-la

The Damn Truth are Lee-la Baum (vocals/guitar), Tom Shemer (guitars), PY Letellier (bass) and Dave Traina (drums). There are echoes of Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Gretta Van Fleet, and Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes, all of it uniquely channelled through Lee-la’s powerful vocals; creating an emotional rock that’s both distinguished them and made them something of a musical anomaly.

“Jimi Hendrix taught me everything I needed to know about that rock’n’roll attitude,” says Lee-la, “and he was my first real rockstar crush!”

The world is evolving , rock n’ roll and social norms are changing.
Women are taking charge and Lee-la Baum and The Damn Truth are here to break those sexist stigmas every step of the way.

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The Damn Truth Release Official Music Video for “White Lies” Off of ‘Devilish Folk;’ US Tour Dates Announced for Winter 2017-2018

Montreal based, blues-infused rock band The Damn Truth are back at their devilish ways with the release of the video for “White Lies,” off of their sophomore LP, Devilish Folk. The gritty, heavy grooves of “White Lies” is a raw. indie rock masterpiece that is perfectly paired with visuals by Fatty Soprano and Shutterr.

The Damn Truth have also announced their first US Tour kicking off on the (Sold Out) Rock Legends 2018 Cruise (Sammy HagarBad CompanyUriah Heep, and more) and will spend the next two months making friends across the U.S. with their high energy rock’n’roll.

Catch The Damn Truth LIVE:
12/08 @ Jewel Music Club – Manchester, NH
12/16 @ Widowmaker Lounge – Carabasset, MN
01/26 @ Java Barn at St. Lawrence University – Canton, NY
02/09 @ FLX live – Geneva, NY
02/12 @ Preservation Club – Knoxville, TN
02/15-19 @ Legends of Rock Cruise – Miami, FL
02/21 @ Vista Room – Decatur, GA
02/24 @ Curtain Club – Dallas, tx
02/25 @ Fitzgerald’s Bar – San Antonio, TX
03/09 @ Arcadia Blues Club – Arcadia, CA
03/10 @ The Pour House – Paso Robles, CA
03/22 @ El Corazon/The Funhouse – Seattle, WA
03/23 @ The Garages – Beaverton, OR
05/04 @ Nietzsche’s – Buffalo, NY

Over the years, Canada has given us a lot of great bands; Neil Young , Alanis MorrisetteArcade FireBryan AdamsThe Guess WhoBTORush and many more.

Well, now there’s a new name you can add to that list; The Damn Truth.

Singer-guitarist Lee-la Baum has been called the love child of Robert Plantand Janis Joplin; mixing up the best of the classic rock the band loves with the indie energy of their hometown Montreal scene.

The band is here to introduce their new album (their 2nd), Devilish Folk, meet their American fans, and promote the new single, “White Lies”.

But the journey to get here has been a Behind The Music tale of drama, misfortune, and lucky breaks.

For example, you could say there’s nothing more rock n’ roll than your van blowing up in the middle of your biggest national tour to date. Unless of course, you’re The Damn Truth, and you’ve barely escaped with just the clothes on your back while most everything else is up in flames. And, oh yeah, it’s pitch black in the middle of nowhere in the northern Canadian backwoods. And you’ve got your 3-year old son and his babysitter also on board. And, did we mention it’s in the middle of winter – A Canadian winter.

“We had literally just driven out from a garage in the last town where the mechanic told us everything was fine. Thank god this car drove up beside us on the highway – waving their arms frantically – and told us that the van was on fire . We stopped, got as much stuff out as we could, and then literally watched the van blow up in front of us; all our gear – gone.” remembers drummer Dave Traina.

Nothing has ever come easy for The Damn Truth, but for every adversity there has been some unexpected reward. In this case, they quickly scrambled a funding campaign that raised over ten thousand dollars within 24 hours. The experience brought out the best from their fans and the local community and a renewed faith in the power of music. The tour continued. The shows – and their belief in rock n’roll – got stronger.

And now The Damn Truth are set to do it all over again (except for the blowing up part, of course).

A lot of good things have happened since then for the Montreal based quartet such as singer Lee-la Baum turning in a heart-stopping vocal for an Yves St Laurent TV commercial- their new perfume, Mon Paris, that is rolling out worldwide. The vocal (a cover of “Love Is Blindness” by U2) has had such an impact, raking in over 400K views, thousands of comments, emails and orders have come in from around the globe, exposing the band to a wide audience of new “Truth Seekers “.

The Damn Truth have their roots definitely in 60s and 70s rock ,but they are adding to that palette with alt-rock and indie-rock and whatever-else-kind-of rock attitudes and power; basically, what makes the music stronger is all that counts. Consider the pedigree of the alternative and classic rock credentials of Devilish Folk.

Devilish Folk mixed by Grammy-award winner Tchad Blake (Black KeysPearl JamArctic Monkeys, and others). All this power was brought to the forefront via the mastering of John Davis, responsible for the recent Led Zeppelin re-issues in addition to work with U2Lana del RayStone RosesFlorence & The Machine, and others.

The Damn Truth have always been a self-contained unit; producing their own records, videos, and hanging out old-school after a show; meeting the fans one by one.

“We’ve had to work hard every step of the way,” says lead guitarist Tom Shemer. “But that’s ok. People know it’s real when they come to the shows”.

Part of that ethos is the family vibe amongst the band; Tom and Lee-la travel with their 3-year old son “there has never been a choice in the matter. Rock n’ roll has always been our lives and his too. He’s been on tour since he was 2 months old. “ says Lee-la

The Damn Truth are Lee-la Baum (vocals/guitar), Tom Shemer (guitars), PY Letellier (bass) and Dave Traina (drums). There are echoes of Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Gretta Van Fleet, and Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes, all of it uniquely channelled through Lee-la’s powerful vocals; creating an emotional rock that’s both distinguished them and made them something of a musical anomaly.

“Jimi Hendrix taught me everything I needed to know about that rock’n’roll attitude,” says Lee-la, “and he was my first real rockstar crush!”

The world is evolving , rock n’ roll and social norms are changing.
Women are taking charge and Lee-la Baum and The Damn Truth are here to break those sexist stigmas every step of the way.

Connect with The Damn Truth:
The Damn Truth Official
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The Damn Truth Set To Re-Ignite Rock with ‘Devilish Folk’

scorching vocals, paired with brilliantly orchestrated instrumentals, it’s no wonder that their first radio single, “Heart Is Cold,” dominated national radio and Lee-La was tapped as the voice of the new YSL BEAUTY perfume MON PARIS, singing U2‘s “Love Is Blindness.”

Even before one note was written for Devilish Folk I knew what this album should be about. ROCK AND ROLL changed my life and made me question everything. The way Lee-la and I feel about the world we are a part of is so intense, kind of like a boiling pot that has to erupt one way or another.
Some thoughts and feelings can only be told through music, and for us the only way to tell our story is through a loud, proud and rebellious Rock and Roll.
Tom

Devilish Folk Track List:
1. WHITE LIES
2. PIRATES & POLITICIANS
3. PLASTIC FLOWERS
4. WOULDN”T BE LYING
5. BROKEN BLUES
6. ALEX
7. HEART IS COLD
8. GET WITH YOU
9. THE MATCH
10. HANGING ON
11. LEAVE IT IN THE DARK
12. DEVILISH FOLK

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There are times when rock’n’roll is off the leash, off the rails and, at the risk of understatement, off its rocker. For the most part, now is not one of those times. But there are forces at work in defiance of this state of affairs. And that’s The Damn Truth.

You could say that Montreal’s The Damn Truth are keeping rock honest, and nowhere is that more apparent than on the group’s newest full-length album, the sophomore Devilish Folk. The follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut, Dear in the Headlights, Devilish Folk sees the band – Lee-La Baum (vocals/guitar), Tom Shemer (guitars), PY Letellier (bass), and Dave Traina (drums) – doubling down on the bruising blues-based, blue-collar rock that distinguished them, and made them something of a musical anomaly, from the moment of inception. In a world where being different doesn’t always mean being celebrated, The Damn Truth are fighting the good fight.

“There isn’t much out there like us,” says Lee-La. “Being the only ones is, in a way, part of what keeps us going, especially during the tough times. All we ever wanted was just to be in a band that we would want to listen to. So we’ve always been kind of fighting for our place.”

“Which is not a bad place to be,” adds Dave. “It keeps us on edge.”

And they in turn have a well-earned reputation for keeping audiences on the edge… of their seats. Not that anyone’s actually sitting at their shows. A live dynamo that has shared the stage with the likes of The Cult, Dee Snyder, Three Days Grace, Rival Sons, Monster Truck, Airbourne and July Talk. The Damn Truth concerts are something of a wild, unpredictable animal. Spontaneous, emotional and visceral, it’s the kind of music you feel like you can almost touch.

The Damn Truth have never aspired to be anything other than what they are, and they come by it naturally. Musically, they exist at the point at which band members’ abilities and interests intersect, “And the pieces just kind of fall where they fall,” says Tom. The first pieces began falling into place when Lee-la and Tom met butt-naked in a hippie festival. Lee-la was singing CSNY’s “almost cut my hair ” and Tom immediately pulled out his guitar and they jammed all night. ” And we never really stopped.” adds tom.

Then came the band’s statement-making, four-song The Damn Truth EP (2010). Noteworthy Montreal producers/engineers François Lalonde (Céline Dion, Seal, Michael Bublé) and Jean Massicotte (Lhasa, Patrick Watson, Pierre Lapointe) assisted with the arranging and recording of the EP.

The EP gave listeners a first glimpse of the band’s now not-so-secret weapon: singer Lee-La Baum, a ferocious, no-holds-barred vocalist capable of running the range of emotions without breaking a sweat, at times suggestive of a Janis Joplin or Joan Jett, at others mildly reminiscent of a Stevie Nicks or Tracy Chapman, Lee-La is nevertheless very much her own woman, a vocal powerhouse who resists narrow definitions. “I think it’s pretty awesome that people can find a reference that works for them and I’m cool with that,” says Lee-La. “I have a lot of inspirations, and I’m always listening to music, but I’ve never said, ‘Okay, I want to be that’ or ‘I’m going to emulate or channel, say, Janis Joplin.’ That’s never, ever been a thing. When I close my eyes and sing, I’m just me.”

Lee-la has also recently been chosen as the voice of the new YSL BEAUTY perfume MON PARIS, singing U2‘s Love is blindness in their worldwide campaign ad.

Following the EP, The Damn Truth fully unloaded with the thunderous, unrelenting and uncompromising Dear in the Headlights LP (2012), unveiling a sound that comfortably touches on many different eras and genres of rock, from ’70s classic rock to ’60s psych-folk, to blues to punk and many points in between. This goes some way towards explaining the band’s unusually broad appeal: to the traditional rock crowd as well as indie rock aficionados, to men and women, to teenagers to twentysomethings to their parents, who may recognize the spark of something wild and free that was once very familiar. “I think some of the older people are drawn to the band because we remind them of what rock’n’roll used to be like in its heyday,” says Tom. “When it was still a bit dangerous.”

With Devilish Folk, everyone’s about to get another loud reminder. From the outset, the 12-song Devilish Folk gives no quarter and takes no prisoners. It comes roaring out of the gate with the propulsive, heavy-bottomed “White Lies,” which sets the tone for much of the remainder of the record. Songs like the epic riff rocket “Pirates & Politicians,” metal-edged rager “Wouldn’t Be Lying,” retro-styled garage rocker “Get With You” (also the first single off the album, released on vinyl in May 2014), the compellingly melancholic “The Match” and the album-closing “Devilish Folk” (“It’s an incentive to get to the end of the album,” says Dave, “because there’s a candy waiting there for you”).

Devilish Folk was produced by the aforementioned Jean Massicotte, while Grammy-Award-winning producer/engineer/mixer Tchad Blake (Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, U2) mixed nine of the 12 songs on the album. For mastering they enlisted John Davis ( Led Zeppelin, Arctic monkeys, Florence and the machine). The results surpassed already high expectations, something they also attribute to a change in their process.

Dear in the Headlights happened naturally, without too much thought,” explains Tom. “But Devilish Folk happened in a different way. We spent a lot more time on arrangements and the forms for the song and working through them in several stages before going into the studio to record them. It was a lot more mindful process.”

A great deal of thought also went into the artwork for Devilish Folk. A recent Montreal exhibition of work by NYC street artist Enzo Sarto so inspired the band that they reached out to him to collaborate on artwork for the new album. The admiration would become mutual and deep connections forged, so much so that in addition to creating Devilish Folk’s front and back covers, Enzo is also collaborating with The Damn Truth on a series of edgy street art band member portraits to be rolled out in New York, Boston and Montreal for starters.

It doesn’t get much more rock’n’roll than that. And again, that’s The Damn Truth.

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