EMQ’s with THE TRUTH COUNCIL
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Central Illinois, USA based Prog Rock band, The Truth Council. Huge thanks to all of them for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Mitch Bland – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Jason McMichael – Lead Guitar
Brock Massaglia – Drums
John Massaglia – Vocals, Bass Guitar
John: We are The Truth Council and we play rock n roll with a dash of prog. We formed in the cold winter of 2019. The weather was interfering with gigs, so I thought “Why not write some songs?” I recruited some friends and began writing.
How did you come up with your band name?
John: I remember thinking of something that meant nothing. I googled it and nothing came up. So, I ran with it.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Mitch: Central Illinois, USA. The Metal/Rock scene in Central Illinois is incredible. We have no shortage of amazingly talented musicians/bands in our little area of the world. This is a scene I believe could rival that of any bigger city.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Jason: Our debut EP “13 Degrees” was released last year, we are currently finalizing the last two songs for our second EP entitled “The Green Planet”. Latest single released for a limited time before CD release is called ‘Wide Awake’ We also released our first video for a song off of “13 Degrees” called ‘Beyond God’ All can be found on YouTube and our Facebook page.
‘Beyond God’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Brock: It’d definitely be a 3-way tie with Mike Portnoy, Neil Peart, and Matt Garstka.
What first got you into music?
Mitch: Whether it was just hanging out at home, family gatherings, or driving in the car, there was always music playing. I was drawn to it at a very young age and was constantly getting told by my parents to quit tapping my feet and hands. It was pretty clear I was going to grow up and play music.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Jason: Chris DeGarmo. Fantastic song writer and hasn’t been really heard from in many years.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
John: ProgPower Fest here in the States would be cool. Progstock would be cool also.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Brock: I haven’t been given a gift from a fan yet, someone did hand me a bottle of wine during a show. Not super weird, but sweet of them.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Mitch: First, thank you all for supporting The Truth Council. We appreciate every single one of you. Second, keep supporting local/unknown bands. I’ve found some of the best music comes from the unsigned bands not yet heard on the radio.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Brock: Easily Neil Peart, I never got to see Rush play live.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Jason: Things I enjoy the most is the satisfaction you feel the next day after completing a recording session when you listen back to the song. I also enjoy playing to a full venue. Only thing I really hate is the opposite, which is playing to an empty venue. You tend to hype yourself up for every show and when you hit the stage and look out to a near empty venue it takes all the wind out of your sail.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
John: Trying to get labels to take chances on new acts.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Mitch: “Promised Land” – Queensrÿche.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Jason: I love the sound and simplicity of vinyl, it’s nice to see the strong come back. For ease-of-use downloads are nice as long as they are obtained legally and the artist gets paid for the work.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
John: Probably an acoustic show last year at the Fulton County Resource Center – best crowd ever.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Brock: I’d be attempting to be a European gigolo.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Jason: Chris DeGarmo ( to discuss collaborating) Joe Bonamassa (to discuss guitars), Gordan Ramsey (to prepare food and for entertainment) Eddie Trunk (great story teller) Scarlett Johansson (obvious eye candy).
What’s next for the band?
Mitch: We are currently finishing up our next EP titled, “The Green Planet”. We are shooting for a May release on that. In March, we get back to once again playing live shows. Hoping we can get more on the books now that the reins of the Covid restrictions are starting to loosen up a bit. In the meantime, we’ll just keep writing new material for the 3rd EP.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Brock: We’re on every popular social media site and streaming source. Facebook, Instagram, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
John: Im afraid you have me at a loss, I have no idea, but I like biscuits.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Everybody Love Everybody!!!
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