May 31, 2023
Photo: Martin Brisson.

Psychedelic Montreal four-piece rock and roll band, The Damn Truth, are pleased to announce the today’s release of their new single and accompanying music video, Lonely.  Check out the video below.

“The song Lonely started taking shape in our touring van as we began a cross Canada tour,”says TDT‘s lead singer, Lee-La Baum. “Three days into that journey, our van went up in flames with our acoustic instruments, personal belongings and our hopes to continue our long-awaited tour.”

Continues Lee-la, “We put together a GoFundMe campaign so that we could rent wheels that would take us and our trailer of stage gear home. 24 hours later there was an incredible amount of money in our account. It was enough to buy a new van, clothes, and rent the gear to continue our tour. It was the beginning of our love affair with the incredible hearts and souls that make up our rock n roll community.”

“After the tour, we started recording demos for the songs that would later become Now or Nowhere. Lonely was one of the first songs we sent to Bob Rock, but it was originally called Needs Help. It was just an acapella vocal line because, after the van fire, which was the way we were playing it on tour. It was an ode to our fans that saved us from being lonely and stranded on the highway.”

Bob fell in love with the song right away and told us not worry; that Tom should just try to play a guitar lick along with the vocal melody and the rest would all fall into place in the studio. That’s exactly what happened. Bob walked into the live room and said, ‘The whole song is there, just play it.’ With his masterful, skilful ear and delicate direction, within two hours the song was recorded. Done.”

Lonely dovetails The Damn Truth’s summer concerts in the UK throughout July. The band will play a series of headline concerts and will also play Steelhouse Festival on Saturday July 29th. Tickets for the band’s July headline concerts are available from TheGigcartel.com

The Cold Stares will support The Damn Truth at London O2 Islington Academy 2 on July 21stEmpyre will support the band on all other dates, except Sheffield Greystones on June 30th, where support will come from Zac and the New Men and Tessio.

The Damn Truth – UK tour 2023

  • * London, 02 Islington Academy, Friday 21 July 2023
  • ** Shoreham, Ropetackle, Saturday, 22 July 2023
  • ** Blackpool, Waterloo, Sunday 23 July 2023
  • ** Leicester, The Musician, Tuesday 25 July 2023
  • ** Buckley, The Tivoli, Thursday 27 July 2023
  • ** Leek, Foxlowe Arts, Friday 28 July 2023
  • Steelhouse Festival, Saturday 29 July 2023
  • *** Sheffield, The Greystones, Sunday 30 July 2023
  • ** Milton Keynes, The StablesTuesday 1 August 2023

Special guests

* The Cold Stares

** Empyre

***Zac and The New Men & Tessio

In 2021, The Damn Truth released their critically acclaimed album Now or NowhereProduced by the legendary Grammy Award-winning Bob Rock, the album is available now.

No stranger to UK radio, The Damn Truth have had three singles from the Now Or Nowhere album playlisted on Planet Rock. These include – This Is Who We Are Now, Tomorrow, and Only Love. This Is Who We Are Now was played on BBC Radio 2’s Rock Show with Johnnie Walker. On several occasions, the band won Tracks of the Week on Classic Rock’s Louder Sound.

The band have been championed by the British music press with extensive magazine coverage in Rolling Stone, Classic Rock, Blues Matters, Guitarist, Powerplay, Guitar Techniques, Record Collector, Fireworks, Blues in Britain, Hard Rock Hell, MNPR, and R’N’R Magazine.

Photo: Mikael Theimer 

“The real magic of The Damn Truth is best experienced uncut, in our full set,” says TDT‘s lead singer and guitarist, Lee-La Baum. “Our connection with our audiences is the most important thing, so don’t miss our intimate headline shows in July!”

The Damn Truth are a fresh revivalism of the psyche music scene from the mid-60s,” says Jeff Laufer, editor Rock Bands of LA. “Critics and fans praise their regeneration of the hard rock sound and values.”  Continues Jeff, “Bob Rock found a spirit within the band that he hadn’t experienced for many years. “He saw something special… an artist with burning talent that needed the right direction to break wide open… like lightning in a bottle.”

Six tracks on the new album Now or Nowhere were produced by legendary Grammy Award winning Bob Rock (Metallica, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, The Cult, The Offspring) at Bryan Adams’ recording studio “The Warehouse” in Vancouver.

Now or Nowhere chronicles the band as they navigate life, love, and everything else in a world gone seemingly upside down and sideways. Due to the fact that they were unable to finish the album with Bob because of COVID-19 restrictions, the band recorded the remaining three songs with help from Juno Award-winning producer Jean Massicotte who mixed Everything Fades; and the rest of the mixing was done by Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton), Nick DiDia (Bruce Springsteen, Rage Against The Machine), and Mike Plotnikoff (Van Halen, Cranberries).

The Damn Truth have toured Europe and North America and opened tours for ZZ Top (they partied with Billy Gibbons in his pyjamas), The Sheepdogs, Styx, King King, and Rival Sons, and were also featured on Joe Bonamassa‘s 2021 Keeping The Blues Alive Stream-A-Thon.

They sold out the legendary Whisky a Go-Go in Los Angeles and the Corona Theatre in their hometown of Montreal. One of their music videos was featured on the official Janis Joplin Facebook page. It’s a culmination of a lot of hard work, blood, sweat and tears.


Photo:Terry Marland

THE DAMN TRUTH

Lee-La Baum (vocals, guitar)

Tom Shemer (guitar)

PY Letellier (bass)

Dave Traina (drums)


THE DAMN TRUTH online:

Official Website