Rose Cora Perry & The Truth Untold Interview
By Jeremy Gretzinger/PCN Contributor
PCN: Can you tell us a little about The history of the band, Rose Cora Perry & The Truth Untold?
RCP: After working on the finishing touches on my solo album ‘On To The Floor’ in 2016, and touring as solo singer song writer, being a one woman show, I realized I wasn’t producing the quality of show that comes with a full band bringing more dynamics and feel to my vision that one woman show could. Putting a post on a Facebook musicians page, I met drummer Tyler Randall, when we had first met, we just happened to clicked right away and I didn’t have to interview anyone else as Tyler got the vision I had, in a way not else ever had, it was a kismet moment. The founding of the band is down to just myself and Tyler Randall. Aside from that we have the talented Carmen North from Toronto playing bass on tour with us now. And Kate Howard from Windsor, also for a number if gigs this year as well. Both women on bass have their own side project that you should check out as well!
Interesting fact; Out of desperation, Perry actually taught their former sound woman to play bass on stage!Her true passion is being a sound woman for big venue. But she wasable to pick up the bass and fill in. Since then has come to realize her dreamof working in a big venue.
PCN: Where does the name ‘The Truth Untold’ come from.
RCP: The name itself actually comes form the lyrics of one of my songs, it’s called ‘Curtains Closed’. ‘The Truth Untold’ is a reference to all things that you believe to be truthful as a child that you learn to be kind of be illusions and mythologies as and adult.
PCN: Aside from your influences such as Veruca Salt, Nirvana, Silverchair, AC/DC and others listed on your Facebook page, what is it that got you writing music and lyrics.
RCP: The grunge era was huge influence in life as it was my hay day growing up and helped to find my identity. My three favorite lyricists of all time are Alanis Morriset, Chris Cornell of Sound Garden and Ian Thornly of Big Wreck. I love these three because of their sense of authenticity, their rawness, their ability to be unabashed with emotion, expression and how relatable the songs they sing are to most people.
PCN : How long has your EP been in the works?
RCP: The EP was recorded as the band had originally formed to promote my latest solo album, which was written from a singer songwriter point of view, and was a lot more delicate and I wanted a recording that would really showcase how good Tyler is on the drums and well the arrangements sounded once all put together.
PCN : Making it in the music industry is hard enough as it is, with you guys being an Indie band, what struggles and hardships were the biggest to overcome.
RCP: I find that social media seems to be a lot of nonsense, and caused more hardships then needed. People should not gauge your ability to play a show by your followers on Instagram. Back in the day their music was enough to captivate you, you don’t need to read status update or about their personal life…it was about the music, about seeing them live. To myself and Tyler playing live to a crowd is much better to connect with fans than being on social media and I really don’t like the emphasis placed on social media.
PCN: I’m noticing more and more female singers fronting bands, is there any front-women that you look up to?
RCP: If it weren’t for my predecessors, I would have never had the guts to get up there my self and do it. I never originally envisioned myself as becoming a rock singer. I’m actually classically trained and at one point wanted to be on Broadway, but life has clearly taken me in a different direction, but the first two bands that got me excited about female fronted bands (expect for Alanis…she’s legendary). The first time I saw ‘Volcano Girls’ by Veruca Salt I wanted to be that badass. Scratching Post, also from London, Ontario got my attention as well.
PCN : Favourite and least favourite part of touring?
RCP: Least favourite part of touring is ‘asshole sound engineers’ I know what our sound needs to be at it’s best. It hurts when you sing your heart out and people tell you afterwards that I couldn’t hear your voice. Your kinda of at the mercy of the person behind the mixer, the fans will only hear bad sound and judge your show in that, and that’s not fair, we should be working together for the fans!
The best part, of touring is 100% is being on that stage for 45 minutes of glory and sharing in that passion and love of music with your band mates, and really just touching people and inspiring them and having them into what your doing. There is something to be said for winning over a crowd that has never heard your stuff before, and it makes a difference. It’s such a cool powerful and and almost a courageous moment because your bearing your soul for people that could love it or hate it.
I believe that’s why all musicians put up with the BS of the industry, cause there is nothing like that feeling of taking the stage.
PCN : Do you find the writing process any easier with only two people, or is it better to have more people to bounce idea off of?
RCP: In all the bands I’ve been in, I’ve always been the primary song writer. I’ve never really been in the position to bounce idea off of people. I will usually come up with the melody and lyrics on my own. Then I kinda of chord out the basics of the arrangement, and then to really solidify the direction of the song and figure out the rest of the instrumentation then it’s just jamming and tweaking it a bit and see how to highlight each other’s dynamics.
PCN : Advice for aspiring musicians?
RCP: Don’t expect and handouts, and don’t expect anyone to work as hard as you. If this is your passion project and this is what you want to do with your life, you need to put your heart in it. I didn’t come from a music industry family, everything I’ve learned about the industry I’ve taught to myself and leaned through lots of hard work, lots of mistakes and lot of good lessons learned along the way. We still have big aspirations and have to continue to work as hard as we can and to keep at it. Things don’t happen overnight, there aren’t really any overnight success stories, it’s not a reality for most people unless you born into the industry.