Truth Club: Running From The Chase [Album Review]

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Truth Club
Running From The Chase
Double Double Whammy [2023]

Truth Club’s sophomore record, Running From The Chase, bursts onto the scene with an infectious energy and a distinctive classic alternative sound that captures the essence of today’s indie music landscape. While the Raleigh, North Carolina band’s style may seem familiar, the band masterfully infuses their own unique twist, crafting songs that build and brood, creating a musical experience that’s both memorable and impactful.

One of the defining features of Truth Club’s sound is their ability to seamlessly transition from soft, powerful vocals to a cacophony of crunchy, guitar-driven frenzy. Tracks like “Uh Oh,” “Exit Cycle” (which features Indigo De Souza) and the album’s standout, “Suffer Debt” serve as prime examples of their prowess in this style. The songs draw listeners in with their melodic and emotive vocal delivery, only to explode into a buzzing frenzy of distorted guitars. It’s a dynamic contrast that keeps you engaged throughout the album.

What sets Running From The Chase apart is the band’s knack for abrupt transitions. Truth Club harnesses this skill to their advantage, creating moments within their songs where they deftly switch from a subdued melody to a sonic whirlwind. The closing track, “Is This Working?” is a prime illustration of this technique. Here, the guitars spark and ignite at various points, offering a vibe reminiscent of Champaign, Illinois Hum. These unexpected shifts keep the listener on their toes, adding an element of surprise and excitement. Truth Club also shakes their own formula up as there are two monstrous guitar rockers on here with “Blue Eternal” and “Siphon.” Each one of these tracks will remind you that Truth Club has a true post-punk pulse running through the veins of Running From The Chase.

Truth Club’s return is a compelling addition to the growing North Carolina indie music landscape. The band’s unapologetic energy and distinct sound leave a lasting impression. Running From The Chase feels like a new beginning for this promising group, as it’s evident that they still have ample room for growth and a trajectory that seems poised for upward momentum. The album is a testament to their potential, and it’s exciting to witness their growth with such a promising sophomore outing.

“Suffer Debt” / “Blue Eternal” / “Exit Cycle”

The Hotelier / Hum / Wednesday

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Thomas Wilde

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