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December 14, 2010 by  

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1. Tell us who you are and where you’re from.: We are TrueBeat, Tom, Ian, Devon and Jack from London.

2. Describe your music.: Ska Rock… not Ska Punk

3. Tell us how the band formed in three sentences.: Tom and Ian, after being in many previous bands, decided to start a ska band. They auditioned Devon and a drummer called Toby. After well over 100 gigs, countless miles and four drummers, here they are now in the current lineup!

4. What did you do before you were in a band?: We were all in other bands! Money wise, working at cinemas, furniture shops, teaching guitar and working in TV post preduction.


5. List the first CDs/records each of you bought.: Jack – Dookie by Green Day (‘coz he’s the cool one)
Tom – Wannabe by the Spice Girls (‘coz he fancied Geri)
Devon – Rising by Rainbow (‘coz it has the biggest and heaviest fucker of a drum intro that ever existed)
Ian – Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer (‘coz he was young and stupid)

6. What’s the band up to over the next few months?: We are already working on our next single, Cherry Lips (available late Feb) so most of our time is being spent on that (filming the video, designing the cover art, etc.)

7. Best item of fan mail you’ve ever received?: Well, it’s not really fan mail but… we give away stickers at our gigs and a couple of guys took a big wedge away with them and the next morning sent over photos of loads of local landmarks covered with TrueBeat stickers, they told us they only stopped because they got busted by the police whilst trying to block out some traffic lights. That beats panties anyday!

8. What music do you have on repeat in the tourbus? : A mixture of stuff like The Specials, Toots, etc. plus the more unexpected; SiXth, The Police, Elvis Costello, blah blah blah, it depends who is in the front passenger seat.

9. What gear do you use?: Tom is a Fender/Marshall man, Devon is a Marshall amp guy and switches between Ibanez and Fender guitars. Ian plays a Status bass through a Laney amp and Jack is a Mapex whore who uses Zildjian cymbals. Tom and Devon are also proudly endorsed by Dovetail strings.

10. What’s your best on-tour story?: BUTT-BALL!!! The last tour we went on was a co-headliner with a band called the Popes of Chillitown, halfway through the first week, the more adventurous members of both bands started developing a game called Butt-Ball. The idea is one person stands up against a wall with their arse facing away from it and the rest of the players take it in turn to kick a football at them… Needless to say, all members of both bands were playing it by the last week. Check it out here:

11. What do you demand on your rider?: A slab of beer is always most welcome!

12. What’s your website?:



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