Album review – THE DAMN TRUTH ‘Devilish Folk’

devilishfolkCanadian band The Damn Truth, based in Montreal, has recently released their album ‘Devilish Folk’, and I am telling you right up front that this is a band any and all rock and roll fans should keep their eyes and ears on.

‘Devilish Folk’ is a revelation: it bristles and glows, throbs and rumbles with the best kind of bluesy, raw, sweaty-dirty, passionate rock and roll. With killer vocals from Lee-La Baum, deliciously heavy drums from Dave Traina, and gritty, dirty riffs that might just take your breath away from Tom Shemer on lead guitar, this band delivers the goods and then some.

The Damn Truth performs each track with a stripped down, powerful energy that reminds me of bands like Rival Sons and The Temperance Movement, baring guts, heart, and soul (as well as a social conscience) in their music and lyrics. And just like those two bands, The Damn Truth has an intense and gutsy presence that makes you feel as though each song is being created in the moment, born as it is being performed, rather than being presented as a slick and glossily produced piece of sanitized perfection.

All of ‘Devilish Folk’ is excellent, and the best tracks are nothing short of stunning, with a raw and true power that just rips into you.


Standout tracks includes the gritty, heavy groove of ‘White Lies’; the righteously angry ‘Pirates & Politicians’ (“pirates and politicians are the same thing”); and the fierce and fiery ‘Wouldn’t Be Lying’.

‘Broken Blues’ is another knockout punch: all bluesy heft and brawn, with the vocals and guitar intertwining beautifully – this is the kind of stuff that makes you want to come back for more.

To me, the best track on this album just might be ‘Heart Is Cold’ – a tune that just gets in under your skin, and into your bones. This is the real deal: rock and roll that comes out of the speakers quivering and alive and just kicking your ass in the most pleasurable way possible. ‘Get With You’ is also worth a mention: a sexy, hot as blazes, slamming good rock and roller that peels back all pretense and just rocks the hell out.

Whether you’ve heard of this band before or not, I recommend that you hurry up and get this album right now: it is not to be missed.

The Damn Truth is currently on tour in Canada:

09/16 Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti Bar & Spectacles
09/23 Sherbrooke, QC @ La Petite Boite Noire
09/24 Napanee, ON @ VooDoo Rockfest
09/29 Trois-Rivières @ Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
10/19 Kingston, ON @ The Mansion Kingston
10/20 Peterborough, ON @ The Spill
10/21 London, ON @ Fitz Ray’s
10/22 Hamilton, ON @ This Ain’t Hollywood
10/23 Windsor, ON @ Phog Lounge
10/25 Sudbury, ON @ The Townehouse Tavern
10/27 Thunder Bay, ON @ The Foundry
10/28 Winnipeg, MB @ The Cavern
10/29 Saskatoon, SK @ Capitol Music Club
11/03 Grand Prairie, AB @ Better Than Fred’s
11/04 Edmonton, AB @ Mercury Room Yeg
11/05 Calgary, AB @ Lord Nelson’s Pub and Grill
11/09 Whistler, BC @ Garfinkel’s Whistler
11/11 Vancouver, BC @ SBC Restaurant
11/12 Kelowna, BC @ Doc Willoughby’s Downtown Pub
11/17 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
11/18 Ottawa, ON @ House of TARG

The Damn Truth’s official website / Facebook / Twitter


  • Lee-La Baum – vocals & guitar
  • Tom Shemer – lead guitar
  • Dave Traina – drums


  1. White Lies
  2. Pirates & Politicians
  3. Plastic Flowers
  4. Wouldn’t Be Lying
  5. Broken Blues
  6. Alex
  7. Heart Is Cold
  8. Get With You
  9. The Match
  10. Hanging On
  11. Leave It In The Dark
  12. Devilish Folk


  1. A tremendously good review, Maria. And wow, The Damn Truth is one hot band! Lee LaBaum is a real pistol, and they positively kill it in their live performance of ‘Broken Blues.’ There’s a touch of Janis Joplin w/Big Brother & the Holding Co. vibe going on there! ‘Heart is Gold’ rocks the house as well.

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