By Lindsay Smith - Boam
South African band, Truth & Its Burden have just released their third studio album ‘I Labour’. Produced by Clinton Watts, the Johannesburg based five-piece believe this to be their best album to date saying they are “still a heavy band, we’re just a little more refined and the new album comfortably showcases this”.
After being together for around 10 years, the band have retained their idealism of producing a positive, optimistic outlook in their song-writing and fusing this with an aggressive sound.
We chatted with vocalist Ashley de Beer......
WHERE DID THE BAND NAME COME FROM?
It all originates from a Hope Conspiracy song called "Youth And Its Burden". I kinda dug the ring of it but needed something with more of a personal touch I guess.
HOW BIG IS THE METAL SCENE IN SOUTH AFRICA?
Its obviously small in comparison to UK, Europe, USA and Australia but all in all its ever-growing and all scenes, positive in some ways - negative in other ways. The influx of international touring bands in recent years has certainly helped a great deal in terms of quality in our tour production and also in our local bands aspiring to be better and produce higher quality releases.
WITH 3 ALBUMS UNDER YOUR BELTS - WHAT GIVES YOU THE INSPIRATION TO KEEP WRITING AND RECORDING?
Life, the need to express what you feel throughout life's ups and downs, combined with the love for writing and the love for performing.
HAVE YOU A FAVOURITE ALBUM OUT OF THE 3?
Most definitely our latest album "I Labour". It's everything we've worked towards over the years and much more.
YOUR ALBUM WAS PRODUCED BY CLINTON WATTS - WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE HIM?
Clint offered us an opportunity a few years ago to record a free single. We accepted and were really happy with his overall producing style and just how he interpreted our music, produced our sound and delivered a solid effort in a way that maintained the integrity of our band. We're beyond stoked to have him on board for this album and hope to work with him again in the future on the next release.
WHO INFLUENCED YOU AND YOUR MUSIC WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG?
Sheesh, we all came from so many different backgrounds musically and our age gaps are rather wide. We have guys who's first love was Metallica and then you have guys who found August Burns Red when they came out a couple years back, this being their introduction to heavy music. It's really all over the place haha.
MOST PROUD ACHIEVEMENT?
Just be able to tour many parts of the world and seeing so many cool countries, meet great people, stay in their homes and experience different lifestyles. It's a broader achievement but it's one that came with absolute sacrifice.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST - LIVE PERFORMING OR STUDIO RECORDING?
Both have their positives. It's great to sit and work new material out, throw ideas together and just construct something you're stoked on, but equally so - its great to see the response of those songs when you showcase them in a live environment.
WEIRDEST THING THAT'S HAPPENED ON TOUR?
We've never really experienced anything weird so to speak, at least not anything that comes to mind. We have however dealt with a lot of stupid people on tour in terms of thinking we should be wearing thongs and walking around with spears. I guess there are stereotypical things people think about folks from South Africa, but yeah it's more about ignorance and its something that certainly blows your mind when you meet people like this.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE BAND?
We've got a lot of touring hopefully on the cards, both locally and abroad in Europe. Nothing is near concrete but there's a lot of background work being put in to see all of that through.
**BUY THEIR NEW ALBUM 'I LABOUR' HERE **