By Terry Marland, Rock At Night Manchester
Live Review: The Damn Truth with Scarlet-Live Rooms – Chester-Sunday 23rd October 2023
First up tonight is North West four-piece Scarlet, a grunge alt pop outfit whose half hour set is in your face rock n roll packed with scorching riffs and includes songs from their 2016 album Effigy. Their current single release “In and Out” which is being aired on Radio 1, is a powerful number that more than meets with the approval of the Chester audience as do most of their songs this evening. They will support the Damn Truth on all remaining dates of the tour. If you going to one of the gigs get there early to catch this band.
The Damn Truth
Formed nine years ago, Montreal band The Damn Truth is fronted by singer and guitarist Lee La Baum whose vocals are reminiscent of Grace Slick and Janis Joplin and are the perfect accompaniment to the exceptional guitar work of Tom Shemer. Together with the stellar pairing of Py Letellier (bass) and Dave Traina (drums) this band is a top notch outfit.
Taking to the stage to the accompaniment of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” with the band all tastefully draped in clothes that lean towards their hippy ethos, the scene is set for an hour and a half (ish) of high quality music soaked in 60s and 70s rock influences, all delivered with a modern vibe.
A blistering drum opening from Dave Traina heralds in “This Is Who We Are Now” with searing guitar from Tom Shemer, all overlaid with Lau Baum’s powerful vocals. This dovetails seamlessly into “Full on You”, taken from their 2021 highly acclaimed album Now or Nowhere. It’s a dynamic start to their set delivered with style and high energy.
“Too Late” and “Pirates and Politicians” plunder the back catalogue and with a bluesy vibe demonstrate the band’s versatility and their willingness to take on heavier subject matters. The melodic “Only Love” is delivered with passion and purpose as is their latest single, the Planet Rock playlisted “Look Innocent”. Check the link at the foot of this page for the video that accompanies the release.
The main set concludes with a pulsating “Tomorrow” before the band returns for an encore that includes a cover of U2’s “Love is Blindness” and a trippy “Heart is Cold”.
The Damn Truth has a growing fanbase and in a live environment the strong bond with their audience is more than evident. Each song is cheered enthusiastically and the band is visibly moved by the crowd reaction. At the conclusion of the show there is a long queue at the Merch Stand with band members happily posing for selfies and chatting.
The atmosphere generated tonight is, at times, electric indicating that The Damn Truth is a band on the rise.
Go and see them on one of the remaining dates on this tour. You won’t be disappointed.
The Tour Continues:
25th Newcastle -The Cluny
26th Glasgow- Stereo
27th York -Fulford Arms
28th London – Black Heart
See the video for their latest single – the Planet Rock playlisted “Look Innocent”
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