PUNK, METALCORE AND LEARNING MANDARIN, WE CHAT WITH TRUTH & TRAGEDY


Meet Truth & Tragedy, a 5-piece post-hardcore band from Bamberg, Germany. Their music is raw, heavy and emotional. The band love experimenting with other alternative genres like pop-punk, hardrock and metalcore.


We chat to the band about what makes them tick!




Tell us a little bit about your new album or single.


We’ve just released our EP ‘Blood on Blood’ - it’s a return to our roots, where we explore

the duality of family love, and explore both the happiest and the most tragic experiences

in our family lives.


What inspired the album or single?


We love taking a theme and exploring both the light and the dark within our music, which

is what we’ve done in our EP ‘Blood on Blood’. Our first track, ‘Artery’, is a moody

instrumental which sets the tone of the EP. Our second track, ‘My Brother’s Keeper’, is a

raw, hard-hitting message to a brother after his attempted suicide, and looks at the

hardships families can endure. Our last song, ‘Neo’, is a total contrast, and is a loving

tribute celebrating guitarist Freddy’s new-born son, who actually had his first birthday on

our EP release day!


Can you sum up the album in a few words?


‘Blood on Blood’ explores the darkest and happiest aspects of family love.


What record changed your life and how?


That’s a tough one, because it’s different for all of us! One record we can all agree on

though is Nickelback’s ‘Rockstar’. It’s a perfect song by a perfect band and anyone who

disagrees is lying to themselves.


Do you have a favourite music video filmed by you?


When it comes to our music videos, we definitely love our latest video for ‘My Brother’s

Keeper’! We filmed it at this awesome old mausoleum lost in the woods, using a drone

and some smoke-bombs. Actually those smoke-bombs were pretty brutal, you should

see some of the outtakes! Domi could barely breathe at the back on drums, and Aaron

was so blinded at one point he nearly stacked it down the steps. If you watch closely,

we’re pretty sure you can see us all crying ‘cause of the smoke. We also had some

09.06.2022 Truth & Tragedy Press flares we were going to try out, but they were even more savage - we lit one and it practically took Aaron’s hand off! We finally put it out in the nearby pond and didn’t touch

the rest of the box. We keep them in our practice room now waiting for a revolution.




What would we find you doing when you’re not making music?


When we’re not making music we’re painfully boring people - Freddy is changing

diapers, Kai is finishing his BA thesis, Vitali is learning mandarin for when he takes over

the world, Domi is welding, and Aaron is drinking whisky on his porch like the retired

veteran he is.


Do you get nervous performing live, if so how do you deal with it?


It’s good to get a little nervous before a show! And we all definitely do. Domi gets

probably the most nervous, so we asked him. He says he doesn’t deal with it, but by the

time he’s backstage it’s too late to run.


How did you form the band?


Aaron and Freddy actually started Truth & Tragedy as a side project at the start of Covid

lockdowns back in September 2020. The two of us were in a previous band together, but

lockdown meant we couldn’t meet up to practice anymore, so we started T&T as a duo

to get around restrictions! But suddenly it started gaining momentum, and after releasing

an EP, a single and a debut album, the world started opening up again for live shows! So

in 2021 we were joined by Kai, Vitai and Domi, and that makes us the 5-piece we are

today!


How do you write?


For most of our tracks, Freddy writes the music, the band records the instruments, and

then we send the soundtrack to Aaron to write and record his lyrics. We have a bit of an

unusual set-up, because Aaron actually lives in the UK at the moment, so we have a bit

of a long-distance band between UK and Germany when it comes to writing and

recording! Kai has also written some great tracks for Truth & Tragedy, including ‘Artery’

on our latest EP, as well as another track which will be featured on our next EP! But we

are always chatting about ideas as a whole band, and have a very open creative

process when it comes to writing our music. Basically if one of us has an idea, the band

makes it work!


What inspires you?


As cheesy as it sounds, we write from the heart - so our lyrics usually deal with personal

experiences or other issues we feel really strongly about. A lot of our songs deal with

09.06.2022 Truth & Tragedy Press themes like trauma, substance abuse and PTSD, stemming from our singer Aaron’s experiences serving in the US Army in Afghanistan, so we tackle some pretty serious

issues sometimes! We are also pretty experimental in our musicality and love taking

other alternative genres as inspiration for our music and putting our own T&T spin on

them. For example, our track ‘Burn The Witch’ was our first go at pop-punk, and we had

so much fun doing it that we’re currently writing another pop-punk number, which will be

set to release in a few months!


What is next?


2022 is a pretty packed year for us actually! We have another single and an EP planned

for release over the next few months, plus more releases and music videos in the

pipeline. We also have a whole host of live shows planned, including headlining Wacken

Foundation’s Rock Das Ding festival in July, as well as our first international tour in

September and October, where we’ll be playing shows across Germany, Austria, Czech

Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Croatia. We’re already looking ahead to 2023, where

we’ll have shows in Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as our first UK Tour! Keep an

eye on our socials for more show announcements, and come join us in a city near you!

We’d love to hang out!


Please tell us any social media links.


You can find our music in all the usual spots, or you can head directly to

truthandtragedy.com for all our music, videos, live dates and merch! Reach out to us on

social media on the links below - we’d love to hear from you! And as always, thanks for

the support.


Much love,

T&T

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/truth_and_tragedy/

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/TruthandTragedy/?tsid=0.3186018207367527&source=result

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0WEUmP3DPtJIexlk4JoVmP?si=-wbduduLR1mjINrl4nn9Zw

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-UQk6I2YapgoFKsUzvbjOg

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/truth-tragedy-hc

Website: https://truthandtragedy.com