I adore this band! Dual vocals with unique interplay, bouncy bass grooves, reverb drenched guitar and syncopated drumbeats that make you want to move and smile, make Terrible Truths a band that can give you relief from the burden of whatever’s going on in your life and give you a reason to celebrate it. Akin to The Slits, The Au Pairs and Delta 5 with a hint of Riot Grrrl in the mix, the 3-piece’s spirited approach for now is a breath of fresh air.
What kind of stuff inspires your music?
RANI: I think it’s safe to say that Stacey and I were both first inspired to pick up a guitar and write some songs as teens due to the riot grrrl movement. It was so incredible to have access to music made by other young women playing in bands and expressing themselves and their views on the world. It made it a lot easier to imagine playing in a band one day when there was an abundance of such incredible role models. As individuals we are inspired by a pretty broad range of genres, from free jazz to post punk, afro beat to techno.
What can you tell me about each band member?
STACEY: Joe somehow manages to always be a total chiller even though he’s always flat out with his label (Bedroom Suck Records) and other bands/projects. Rani’s my partner, so I’m obviously biased, but she’s been my favourite human for almost 12 years. She’s a jeweller and makes tiny beautiful things, mostly in silver. Rani and Joe have very similar optimistic and joyful personalities, so I do my best to keep it balanced by being a neurotic mess.
Tell us a bit about the music community where you’re at.
STACEY: I feel so lucky to live in Melbourne, we’re very spoilt! I wanna use words like ‘thriving’ and ‘exciting’. It’s real easy to put on shows here, there’s heaps of supportive venues, and community radio is huge. I work as a sound engineer and am constantly blown away by how good the local bands are, and by how many new, incredible, fully-formed bands pop-up out of nowhere. It’s not just because it’s a big city, so larger population, so more people interested in ‘x’, but also that people move here with the intention of playing music and embedding themselves in the community. The natural outcome of artists and musicians gravitating towards a certain place.
What’s one of your favourite things the band has done so far?
STACEY: Putting out the first album; we’d been through a horrible few years as a family so it was a relief to finally get the album out, it felt symbolic, like we had pushed our way through. It was something positive that we had worked hard to create.
Tell us about your most memorable show.
RANI: We’ve been blessed with some pretty ridiculous support slots in our time but I think my most memorable show would have to be supporting ESG last time they were in Australia. We got to play with them in Sydney and Melbourne and they were some of the sweetest humans I’ve ever met. It was the total opposite of the nightmare situation where you meet your idol and they’re awful. They were so talented, humble and kind. And their rider consisted of Margarita pizzas and orange juice, my kind of people!
What’s something the band is really passionate about?
RANI: We’re passionate about equality, between genders, different sexualities, all people. As a queer, female fronted band equality (or lack thereof) is a pretty central theme in our songwriting. We want to be visible for other women and young queer people and inspire folks to have a dance once in a while whilst fighting the good fight. Times have been tough for the lgbt+ community during the plebiscite and I feel that its more important than ever to provide safe, queer inclusive spaces to party in and enjoy.
Create forever, Bx