Truth Under Attack: Forever and a Year

When really successful bands first get started, are they really good? Or, do they just sound really good? In Truth Under Attack, this high-gain, high-energy pop-core that reaches wide audiences and wide appeal and is played in stores like Journey’s and Zumiez sounds sonically fantastic, reaches highs and lows, and generally excites. And having recorded this EP professionally at London Bridge studios, TUA fit right in with that crowd. It’s hard, though, to hold on to any one thing after giving the album a close listen, and rather than repeating their parts in my head, I am recalling parts from other bands that they remind me of.

If this album were playing in the deck of a friend’s car you were borrowing, it would come across as a professional release, but if you had that car for a week, you’d start to wonder what the deal is with this band. The vocals occupy that space somewhere between ‘really belting it out’ and ‘holding back’ so the notes seem right, but the delivery isn’t filling up your head with sweet reverie. Lead vocalist Chelsy Hancock does a good job of knowing what parts really call for vocals, and the whole band dynamic shines in that regard, where the vocals lead the band to the next section. But rarely does anyone take the lead, and even the guitar solos are pushed to the back of the mix, where they fill in texture as much as they sing out a lead line. No one seems to want to stand out; it could have really made or broken this release if someone had taken charge, but as is, it doesn’t demand attention.

Truth Under Attack sound and play like a successful band but I can’t tell if it’s like seeing that dude with big muscles and you assume he’s really strong or if you’re actually seeing him move those weights and they’re just killing it. These five songs have a consistent voice and style that will take them far, and if their approach continues to mature in turn with their reach they will certainly do very well for themselves.