In the summer of 2017, a last minute schedule change at the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival introduced me to The Damn Truth. The band, taking over the River Stage, had a comfortable swagger, as they gave the crowd a solid taste of rock ‘n roll music and attitude and won me over as a new fan. When I saw they were coming to Ottawa, I immediately circled the date. The Damn Truth are clearly influenced by the powerful era in rock that was the late ’60s, and they have combined this with blues and folk to construct a sound of their own.
On the stage at Maverick’s, there was a giant metal peace symbol, which was held up to the crowd at one point, a timely gesture given the recent launch of missiles into Syria. Although the band had a much smaller stage to work with, I was once again mesmerized by their performance. If you are a fan of old-school rock, I strongly recommend you check this band out. They have a number of upcoming dates throughout Quebec so if you’re in La Belle Province, do go see them.
The bill was rounded out by a trio of local rock bands including Ottawa’s own Alanna Sterling & the Silvers, Aenigma, and Wakefield’s Rebelle. The opening bands styles meshed well to legitimately create a no-nonsense evening of rock. If you liked Alanna Sterling & the Silvers (how could you not?), then save the date of July 8th as they will be playing Bluesfest. Meanwhile Aenigma delivered for those whose taste sways a little to the harder side. Finally Rebelle really sent out notice that they are a band to watch.
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