The Truth Council

The Truth Council (Progressive Rock) - Illinois

Hailing from Central Illinois, The Truth Council is a quartet specializing in Progressive Rock.

Mitch Bland - lead vocals
Jason McMichael - guitars
Brock Massaglia - drums/vocals
John Massaglia - bass/keys/vocals

Forming in the winter of 2019, the band spent the year writing what would become their debut EP "13 Degrees". It was released in March of 2020, right as COVID hit America. Unable to properly tour to support it, they went back into the studio to create their new release, "Green Planet". From the epic Metal title track "Green Planet" to the soaring harmonies of "The Letter", the band runs the gamut of Progressive Rock.

Brent Everett from The Similitude of Prog website had this to say about the band,” They take you on a journey with infectious riffs and introspective lyrics.”

With that, The Truth Council is ready to take you to the Green Planet!!!!

"Share My Madness" Single Review
The track begins right away with a high octane sound that brings the Rock right from the first note. The melodic grooves and rockin' vocals churn at a steady clip until it gets closer to the chorus. The riffage and Hard Rock vibes shortly after kicks things up a few notches. The soaring chorus is outstanding and incredibly easily to sing along to. The instrumentation takes over after the chorus with a steady bass line and guitar solo that transcends the track even further. The next verse kicks back in and glides effortlessly into the chorus. The ending features the track going off the rails in all of the right ways. With their new EP set to be release soon, keep your eyes and ears peeled on The Truth Council!

The Truth Council unleash their Rock style filled bag of tricks with their newest single.

-Interview- (1/7/23)
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name "The Truth Council" and is there any meaning behind it?

I started playing music in 1985. I played with a group called Jynx from 1986 -1998. We started out playing hair metal and as we got better at our prospective instruments, we kind of gravitated toward progressive rock. Since then, I’ve always had that prog rock mentality, no matter what band I was in. Creating The Truth Council in 2019 was culmination of those times. I came up with the name for the band. I wanted something that wasn’t used by anyone else and could be ambiguous .

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

They can take whatever they want away from it. Some songs are open to different interpretation and some songs are clear stories.

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

The Truth Council is first and foremost a Rock band. We have elements of Progressive and Metal mixed in. We even have a song with a Latin bridge in the middle.

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Wow, this is a tough one. We’re all big Dream Theater fans, so just being able to watch them every night would be cool. Brock and I are big Haken fans, so that would be cool. Queensryche would be special too.

5. How has Covid affected what you do?

This is gonna sound weird but Covid was GREAT for us. We rehearsed a lot and wrote a lot.

6. What’s your take on the current state of Rock?

Rock is in a spot right now. There are a lot of good new bands that are trying to find their footing but the industry itself makes it hard.

7. What's the current music scene like there in Illinois?

Like everywhere, tribute/cover bands rule the land. There is a ton of Central Illinois talent doing original music, it's just a struggle to find venues and $$.

8. What’s your take on the royalties that streaming services pay out to artists?

It’s never enough.

9. What’s next for The Truth Council?

We are getting ready to release our new EP in February called The Perfect Wheel.

10. Any shoutouts?

We’d like to thank you Mike for this opportunity.