The Truth is an essential band for the development of DIY hardcore punk on the Balkans in the early 00’s. If I’m correct, the band has started back in 2002 in the town of Kraljevo in Serbia as a straight edge band called The Truth of XXX.
During the second part of 90’s Kraljevo was the hotspot of activism with politically charged bands that were part of the “Over the Walls of Nationalism and War” movement, spreading anti-militarist messages in an atmosphere of war, division and prejudices. The Truth’s guitar player Vojkan was also a participant in this honest effort to make DIY punk a vehicle for peace and understanding between people divided by borders and fearmongering nationalist propaganda. So when the The Truth started playing they were also a band living up to these ideals, a positive (but political) straight edge band sharing members between Serbia and Croatia.
Members of The Truth were (and still are) involved in many other activities besides playing in the band—booking shows, running distros and labels, and above all, publishing, editing and contributing to many different fanzines (JedanPoJedan, Last Breath, EX-YU Straight Edge Bulletin).
The Truth’s latest 7″ called “Tenzija” was released in 2016 and continue the tradition with a slab of fast and punchy “old school” hardcore songs backed by a great message. The highlight of the record is the song “Braća ponovo” (Brothers Again) dedicated to Gajo, the Croatian ex-drummer of The Truth and the story behind their friendship with The Truth’s guitarist Vojkan.
The 7″ vinyl was pressed in 530 copies as a cooperation of many DIY labels all over Europe. This is a product of really great ethics about what hardcore punk is and should be about. The music may not be the most original and complicated stuff you’ll ever hear but if you’re not interested in DIY punk probably you’re reading the wrong webzine!