True Becoming is one of modern rock’s next shining lights. With meticulously-crafted aggressive, emotional, and hooky songs, and a passion-fueled live show, the Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania-based quintet is posed to join the great heavy-with-melody pantheon, alongside bands like Seether, Breaking Benjamin, and Papa Roach.
But everything has a cost, and, along the way, members have endured great sacrifices to push their careers and ready their debut album, What It Takes To Fail. “The meaning behind the album name comes from the personal stuff we’ve all gone through in the last two years—relationships dissolving, losing jobs—to further the band. Sometimes people have looked at us and said ‘Look how much you’re giving up for the band, what if it fails?’” explains lead singer Rich Allen.
True Becoming draws on the sleek aggression of bands like Tool and Chevelle, but also evoke the sophisticated accessibility of Matchbox 20. Currently, the group’s infectiously catchy track, "Like Falling," has received airplay on several radio stations in PA, as well as several Internet stations and podcasts. The band’s broadly appealing aesthetic has allowed it to be compatible sharing the stages with a diverse array of artists. The five-piece has played with bands such as Fuel, Candlelight Red, Pop Evil, Otherwise, Papa Roach, In This Moment, P.O.D., Filter, My Darkest Days and others. In addition, True Becoming has performed on the Scranton stop of Rockstar Uproar tour.
The quintet was officially founded in 2008, and currently features Rich Allen, lead vocals, Clint Souder, lead guitar, vocals, Poch, rhythm guitar, Damian Dall, bass, and Chris Judge, drums. Singer Rich Allen is the primary lyricist, though True Becoming songs begin old school and organically by jamming out in a rehearsal room.
The upcoming album will be carefully culled from 20 tracks the band is currently working on. Roger Brennan, a longtime creative and business inspiration to the band, produced the album. “He has as much to do with our music as anyone. He’s our manager and producer, he wears a lot of hats, and we’re forever indebted to him,” Allen says. In addition, Breaking Benjamin/Black Label Society drummer Chad Szeliga has co-written and produced a track.
Up next, True Becoming is gearing up for a 45-date tour. “It’s our first national tour and I’m so thankful for it. It feels like all the sacrifices and hard work have paid off,” Allen says. “I’m really looking forward to forging new relationships with new fans and feeling the energy from the audiences. “