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Formed in 2018, Hometruths are a pop-punk 4-piece from Newcastle who boast energetic riffs and bouncy choruses, providing live shows with their own signature party-like atmosphere. The band will be releasing their brand new single, Daydream, on all platforms on January 24th and so we had a chat with them to find out more.

How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
Myself ( James) and Kam (drummer) grew up together and have been best friends since 2004. We met our bassist, Gilly, when we got to high school and played together in a number of bands through the years. Upon leaving school, myself ( James) and Kam continued in our previous band ( Harlot, a metalcore band) where we met our guitarist Alex through gigging with his band at the time.

Describe your sound 
Nostalgic Pop Punk. Huge choruses. Bouncing riffs. Comparisons to State Champs, New Found Glory and Four Year Strong.

Tell us more about your new single, Daydream.
Daydream tells the story of relationships in the 21st century. Initially, people can be anything they want, whatever they want the other person to see or think is desired. Social media, dating websites etc allow you to play a role. After time this becomes transparent, never judge a book by its cover.

Where was it recorded?
In Heart Studio with long-time collaborator George Collings of GroundCulture.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Integrity – which I think most bands who play in a niche genre can relate too. Writing to fit your genre whilst writing songs you’re proud of and want to write is difficult. It’s a fine balance and we throw ten songs away for everyone that we keep. It has to be three minutes, it has to have three choruses, it can’t be too progressive yet can’t be too predictable. Writing in 2020 has to be a non-selfish act, which is difficult when your favourite bands are all proggy as hell!

Was does 2020 have in store for you?
Gigging! Lots and lots of gigging. We’re still relatively in our infancy as Hometruths and only have a handful of shows under our belts. We’ve got a few exciting things to announce in the coming weeks including shows outside of the North East. We’re also heading back into the studio in February for another release and hoping to get back in June/July to record our debut EP.

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