The Damn Truth aren’t necessarily what someone might expect to come out of Montreal, Quebec. When you think of the French Canadian city, the first artists/bands that come to mind are Grimes, Tegan and Sara and of course Arcade Fire, so basically a very indie vibe. The Damn Truth on the other hand are unapologetic hard hitting rock…and they don’t stop.
The surprises don’t end there either, lead singer Lee-la Baum looks like a quiet, sweet little thing when in fact she is actually a howling rock goddess who is more into tearing your skin off of your face than she is hugging kittens and puppies (I am going to guess she still does the latter though….when she’s not singing). Accompanying the Baum powerhouse is guitarist, Tom Shemer who goes in and shreds your face off simultaneous to Baum tearing it’s skin off.
Devilish Folk is the first offering from The Damn Truth since their critically acclaimed album Dear in the Headlights (yet another rocking scorcher). As mentioned before, the album never slows down. In fact the closest thing to a ballad on the whole album is “The Match” and I am grasping a bit there. Inspiration from bands of old can be heard throughout including Fleetwood Mac and even a little Rolling Stones, while the best comparison to a modern band is probably Wolfmother. Standout tracks include “Hanging on” and the title track “Devilish Folk” which caps the album, but to get the full experience, I recommend you listen to Devilish Folk front to back.
True rock fans should fall pretty hard for this release as it is a throwback in nearly every sense of the word.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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