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The whole truth?
Truth Panel's founding resulted from a collision with the mid life marker for 3 Toronto musicians long gone civilian. One that demanded they get back to doing what they do best. Write, record and play.
It should be no surprise then that their songs speak from a vantage point set at the tag end of the baby boomer generation, one that is rarely spoken to musically by people testing the waters of their "5.0" years.
As one reviewer attested to in saying of Truth Panel, "Finding good new music aimed at grownups is easier said than done these days. So kudos to these Torontonians for acting their age."
Another scribe had this to say of the band and its debut release, Preliminary Hearing. “Truth Panel don't remind me of any of the Canadian musicians I have come across over the years, their sound and style has more to do with this side of the pond (UK)”.
And given Truth Panel's starting point demographically speaking? It’s no wonder that a big dollop of Brit Pop sensibility infuses their sound.
Offset that though with decidedly non Brit references to the band’s lyrics and storytelling approach. Canadian music writers John Sakamoto and Darryl Sterdan noted Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen and Dylan as stylistic touchpoints.
Whatever the influences noted, Truth Panel's sound has been referenced in numerous articles across the indie music scene blogosphere as well as in main stream press including the Toronto Star's influential Anti-Hit List, Sun Media columnist Daryl Sterdan's weekly musings and the Huffington Post. Of special note, Truth Panel were included in Sun Media's Class of 2011, a Top "11" list of garage bands worthy of notice.
Add those critical kudos to the spins that Truth Panel songs Passion Fades, Human Drama and Launch Campaign enjoyed this past year both on the BBC, CBC and a growing list of indie internet stations and podcasts?
Well....an audience is born.
One the band hope will enjoy their debut release, Preliminary Hearing.