Ever believed in something so much that it consumed every spare minute of your thoughts? It’s a safe bet to describe the collective minds of Truth & Its Burden as brimful of heart, hope, optimism and a fresh positive take on daily crisis. We’re constantly thinking of new ways to cement a positive attitude in the hearts of any person attending our shows or listening to our songs. We’re not just hopefuls waiting for the world around us to evolve into our childhood dreams; we’re inspired, free thinking individuals who have enough self belief to power up these dreams with hard work and heartfelt dedication.
4 Years ago we started out as an idea to bring a sincere message of hope, and to do so with a real sense of urgency. Those self same ideals that gave life to this band still chorus through in every song 4 years on. To be aware, to challenge, to follow through, to ignite ideas into dreams, to re-invigorate life itself and to find meaning and purpose.
Finding a positive outlook to every disappointment life has on offer through perspective and self discovery. There is a common bond between positive change and aggressive music, we have refined ourselves and discovered the balance between such diversities. We’re here to deliver our new perspective to anyone willing enough to allow voice to meet reason.
We can change minds if we can start with ourselves.
Throughout the lifespan of our band, we have worked really hard with defined goals close at heart. So far we have reached great heights and shared many great moments with kids at shows both nationally and internationally. We had a clear vision for touring with Truth & Its Burden, playing to as many people who wanted to share something special with us, and we have done a great deal of sharing in our 4 years. From the onset we believed in our music and our message, booking our own shows since day one, inviting foreign bands and booking nationwide tours; not to mention touring home soil here in South Africa at least twice yearly.
Simply put, we never had the patience for promoters or record labels to realise our dreams for us, we had ourselves; which in hind sight was all we needed at the time. In the closing months of 2009 we self released our debut album “Sending The Hope Home” on our own record label; Hope Haven Records. “Sending The Hope Home” received great reviews both nationally and internationally; which had earned us a spot supporting 2 great names in Hardcore; Have Heart (USA – Bridge 9 Records) & Shipwreck AD (USA – Deathwish Inc) when they toured South Africa later that same year. Hard work certainly pays off and some of our pay offs included support slots for other touring international artists; Haste The Day (USA – Solid State Records), Through This Defiance (USA), CDC (USA) & Becoming The Archetype (USA – Solid State Records).
In March 2010 we broke new ground overseas in Europe when we flew our flag high touring alongside Oceans With Tragedy (NL); reaching out to kids in Germany, Holland, Czech Republic, Belgium & Denmark. We needed to prove to ourselves and the kids attending our shows that dreams can be met by equal effort.
On our return to South Africa, decisions needed to be made about the future of our band and we parted ways with our long standing drummer. The changing of faces brought about a brand new musical direction and solidified our sound as it stands today; which in contrast is really where we wanted to be. We began writing new material immediately for inclusion on what would be “Choices”, our second studio album.
At the close of 2010 we invited The Ghost Inside (USA – Mediaskare Records) to tour South Africa during 2011; a tour that would later help build on a relationship with both The Ghost Inside as well as with Mediaskare Records. Shortly after completing that tour we began piecing together “Choices”. The process of “Choices” has truly been a memorable one, finally bringing our sound together to share with the world, a sound we now feel truly proud of. We’ve always wanted a sincere representation of our band, and we feel “Choices” is just that; an honest glance into our lives at this very point in our musical careers. “Choices” is filled with positive message delivered aggressively, yet somehow the melody resonates throughout each heartfelt song.
2012 saw Truth & Its Burden touring throughout Europe, UK, South Africa and USA, spreading our message across the world at various shows and festivals like Ieperfest (BE), Brutal Assault Fest (CZE), Days Of Fury Fest (DK), Voice Of Art Festival (GER). The touring run also saw us touring alongside Mercia (USA), Camisado (USA), Darasuum (USA – Mediaskare Records), 2×4 (USA), The Sheds (USA – Mediaskare Records).
2013 has certainly presented some exciting opportunities back home in South Africa, starting off the year with our debut at South Africa’s premium hard rock festival; Ramfest as well as a support slot for Every Time I Die (USA – Epitaph Records) on their South African tour. Later this year we are pleased to be supporting Betrayal (USA – Mediaskare Records) on their first trip out to South Africa. Beyond our touring plans for 2013, Truth And Its Burden is currently writing new material for release in 2015.