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EXCLUSIVE Interview: T Truman

T Truman is the moniker used by Timothy Lanham, The Vaccines' keyboardist. It's an exciting new solo project and he has released the lead single ('Rock 'n' Roll') from his upcoming EP, 'Born To Be Right'. I spoke to him to find out more. 

Photo credit: Dane Falkstrom

How are you?

Good thank you.

How are things in Australia?

Really good considering, I’m fortunate enough to be in QLD (Queensland) which is sunny and safe.

What is your current single 'Rock 'n' Roll' about?

It's an ode to a bygone era, sung from the point of view of a failing musician who feels he belongs in the wrong time.

What was the inspiration behind 'Rock 'n' Roll’?

I think most ‘indie’ or ‘rock' musicians at some point wish they got a shot at their career in glory days, this was me playing lightly on that.

How does it feel to have a solo project? Is it something you've wanted to do for a while?

It feels great to do, its a liberating channel for me to make exactly what I want and say what I want.

How do you find the time to work on your solo project when you also work with The Vaccines and Halloweens?

I have more time than I’ve ever had at the moment so its easy, you will need to ask again if the industry ever gets back to normal

Who are your musical influences?

Todd Rundgren, Elton John and John Lennon are probably obvious, listen to a lot of David byrne, Brian eno and John Cale of late too. Cass McCombs’ album 'Mangy Love' is my current binge.

How does it feel to be releasing your debut EP?

It's that ‘about time’ feeling, glad to be getting it out and focus on new material.

What can we expect from the EP?

Lyrical nonsense and piano shreddery 

I have to ask - what's next for The Vaccines? 

We have an album we are really excited about in the barrel.

And what's next for T Truman?

More for sure, but we’ll have to wait and see

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