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With Thrashville 2018 just around the corner, Rogue Inc thinks it's about time you met some of the players in this year's festival.
Sure, you have heard of the headliners Frenzal Rhomb, King Parrot, Frankenbok, and Batpiss, but what about the fringe bands that are just as important in making this day a success?
Let me introduce you to Newcastle's Post Truth, one of the newer bands on the bill...
"I was invited to play last year in another band," explained vocalist/guitarist Jamie Hay, "so when it came around to this year I put our name forward with this new band Post Truth and luckily we got accepted. It's awesome. Jay from Frenzal actually recorded our E.P so it's good to get to hang out with some mates."
Post Truth rose from the ashes of Conation and Stockholm Syndrome, both well known on their local circuits, and are rapidly asserting their own ascendency on the metal community.
"Three of the four of us were in Conation," Hay recounted, "and we were a band for fifteen or so years. We were actually asked to play at Thrashville last year but we couldn't do it and that's why when Post Truth started we thought if they're still interested in the music that we make as people then hopefully they will be into us. Our other guitarist Chris played in Stockholm Syndrome and they did pretty well in the heavy music scene about ten years ago. We're just a bunch of old mates still wanting to play music together."
Described by Hay as a "doomy, gloom hardcore punk band", Post Truth are setting their goals to an attainable level, preferring not to heap too much early pressure on themselves.
"We're not really interested in 'making it' in any kind of industry way," he countered. "We've played in bands for a long time and we know what it is we want to do, especially Murray, Dale and I because we have played in bands together for fifteen plus years so we share that musical language that is pretty easy. If anyone's got an idea we understand what they are talking about and we can make it a reality pretty quickly and with Chris, both of our previous bands played together a lot. I know what he likes musically so I guess we're just all on the same page in a lot of ways from what we wanted to do and what we wanted to write and we just enjoy our time doing it."
Post Truth came together at just the right time for Hay, with an inner desire to not just make music that appeals to others, but more importantly, that caters to his own demons.
"We got together just wanting to make music which I hadn't really played or written for quite a while," he mused. "When I started doing this kind of music again I wanted to do something that was kind of... not fit the mold of what normal heavy bands do. We wanted to make parts - especially guitar parts - a bit more interesting with a lot of different effects and things like that but also draw on influences from 1990's heavier bands and powerviolence and cross punk bands and stuff that we really loved when we were younger. We wanted to include more of a darker sound which is different from Conation that had more melodic parts. We just want to write stuff that's interesting and fun to play."
Having someone of the caliber of Jason Whalley from Frenzal Rhomb record your first offering is a good indication of the regard Post Truth are held within the industry already, but Hay says that the recording came about by pure chance more than anything else.
"We were talking about recording it and it all happened really quick," he shrugged. "We were at a Frenzal Rhomb gig after the show and just hanging out and I mentioned to Jay that I had this new band and he has his studio The Pet Food Factory and I just hit him up. He was into it so we spent a couple of days there and it turned out really good. Initially, the intent was just to do a demo. We just thought we'd go in for a day or two and just record a demo and it ended up sounding really good so we decided to release it. Later this year we're going to put it out on a one-sided 12" but the songs are just on-line at the moment."
Despite Whalley having more of a punk inclination through his own music, Hay says that the blending of musical style and taste actually benefited the recording rather than cause consternation.
"It was good to have his... we kind of complimented each other in a way," he voiced. "We would give him a rundown of what kind of guitar sounds we wanted and things like that but he also had his own input. His musicality is... he knows great vocal techniques. I was screaming or whatever and he would say something like you can do that a little better and in the end, he pulled it all together. He gave the sound more of a cleaner edge so it was a different kind of scene to what he comes from but he has also recorded lots of other heavy bands. In the end, our different musical tastes merged into what you hear on the songs."
If you are currently undecided about whether to make the trek to Thrashville, Hay had this to say.
"It's seriously the best festival ever!" he enthused. "It has the greatest vibe and is really chilled. Everyone who runs the place and owns the property are awesome people. I can't sing its praises enough."
FRENZAL RHOMB + KING PARROT + BATPISS + FRANKENBOK + GAY PARIS + THE AUSTRALIAN BEEFWEEK SHOW + DASHVILLE PROGRESS SOCIETY + TROLDHAUGEN + VOIID + POST TRUTH + PAPER THIN + RORT MENACE + JONES THE CAT
Kirkton Rd, Belford NSW