Ken Leighton 2 p.m., March 29
RIYL: The Shambles, Manual Scan
Inception: San Diego, 2008
Influences: Gravedigger V, Tell-Tale Hearts, the Zeros, Manual Scan, the Shambles, the Morlocks
True Stories is a quirky rock band originally formed to back Wendy Bailey before being fronted by Manual Scan and Shambles frontman Bart Mendoza. In early 2013, they recorded the song “Blue Chair” for the forthcoming Elvis Costello tribute album Beyond Belief.
Their song “Hearts on Sleeve” appears on the 2-disc edition of the compilation series Powerpop Planet Volume 3, from Colorado based label Pop Geek Heaven. Released January 6, 2014, it also includes tracks from locals Neon Cough (“World of Tomorrow”), Normandie Wilson (“Nobody Loves You Like I Do”), and Scott Mathiasen & the Shifty Eyed Dogs (“Oh Misery”).
They recorded four songs with Alan Sanderson for several 2014 tribute albums: Oh Caroline (Cheap Trick), Didn't You Say? (Dwight Twilley), and Lonely Is (The DB's) for Zero Hour Records in Australia, and I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape (the Times) for Canadian label The Beautiful Music. The latter marks David Fleminger's first lead vocal on a True Stories recording.
A new True Stories EP called Pop was released October 15, 2015, from Bickerton Records, only available in vinyl and digital formats. Early the following year, they recorded a cover of the dB's "Lonely Is (As Lonely Does)" for an Australian compilation of eighties classics.