REVIEW BY HALINA WEGNER
Montreal’s sonic alchemists, The Damn Truth, have unleashed a fiery harbinger of their forthcoming 2024 studio album with their latest single, “I Just Gotta Let You Know.” This track is a thunderous reminder that rock music is very much alive and kicking.
From the first chords, “I Just Gotta Let You Know” It’s a full-throttle introduction to a song that never lets up. Lead vocalist Lee-La Baum’s commanding voice injects raw, emotional power into the composition. Her vocal performance is a fusion of vulnerability and determination, pulling you into the heart of the song’s story.
Lyrically, the track explores the depths of inner turmoil, self-discovery, and the urgency to communicate one’s inner truth. It’s a narrative that resonates universally, making it easily accessible and relatable. The song’s urgency is encapsulated in its title.
The instrumental arrangement is a tour de force, with drummer Dave Traina and bassist PY Letellier providing a relentless rhythmic foundation. Guitarist Tom Shemer adds layers of gritty power chords and mesmerizing melodies, delivering a sound that seamlessly fuses modern and classic rock elements. His guitar solos are incendiary and spotlight the band’s exceptional musicianship.
The production quality is impeccable, capturing the live energy of The Damn Truth while maintaining a polished, radio-friendly sound. The mix provides room for each instrument to shine, ensuring Lee-La’s vocals soar above the arrangements.
The chorus is the song’s standout moment, with Lee-La’s vocals embodying both power and vulnerability simultaneously. It’s an anthemic crescendo that’s bound to get audiences singing along.
“I Just Gotta Let You Know” is an electrifying rock anthem, reaffirming the timeless allure of unadulterated rock music. As the first single from their forthcoming album, it teases the remarkable potential of what’s to come. The Damn Truth’s commitment to their craft and their knack for conveying intricate emotions through their music is unmistakable. This single hints at the promise of their upcoming album, making it a must-listen for rock enthusiasts and music lovers alike. If “I Just Gotta Let You Know” is any indication, The Damn Truth is set to solidify their place as a prominent force in the music world, both in Montreal and beyond.