The quest to uncover the truth has given California-based hardcore pioneers (Hed)p.e. new life. While the band has weathered the stormy waters of the music business for over a decade and enjoyed a slew of successful albums, it’s their quest for answers that has given them purpose. Now with the release of their eighth studio album, “Truth Rising”, (Hed)p.e have become the voice for a movement that empowers youth and reveals the seedy underbelly of our current political affairs.
“The title is a statement about how in these days and times, more and more hidden knowledge is coming to the surface. People are becoming aware that for hundreds of years, certain truths have been hidden from the masses, either by the Church, or by certain institutions which do not want us to know these secrets,” commented Jahred. “‘Truth Rising’ is our way of saying that nothing can stop the evolution of this planet and its inhabitants.”
This time around (Hed)p.e has their sights firmly set on the New World Order and are using their brand of hardcore to bring it down. The album kicks off with the theatrical title track, “Truth Rising”, that detonates (Hed)p.e’s explosive hybrid mixture of metallic punk-rock/hip-hop. “Truth Rising” also sees the band adding new tricks to their sonic arsenal like the melodic hooks of “Stand Up” featuring Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust, while “Menina” utilizes a two prong bilingual attack of Portuguese and English to whip crowds into a frenzy. The album also experiments with jazzy rhythms on the heartfelt “The Love You Show”, while “Takeover” features Jahred spitting over some insane garage funk.
While early (Hed)p.e. albums found the group mixed up in the rock n’ roll lifestyle, they were reborn after aligning themselves with California based Suburban Noize Records. The group’s first release under the partnership was 2006’s “Back 2 Base X”, which saw (Hed)p.e. adopting a socio-political mindset and picked up the torch that giants like Rage Against The Machine had once carried. Since then (Hed)p.e. has been embraced by underground music fans all across the globe who don’t subscribe to mainstream trends. (Hed)p.e’s grassroots rebirth has given the band the biggest success of their career, as their 2007 release “Insomnia” charted at #138 on the Billboard Top 200, and 2009’s “New World Orphans” jumped to #72, proving that the group’s movement continues to grow.
“I believe (Hed)p.e’s longevity is due to the fact that our records than more than just music,” concludes Jahred. “Some of the greatest artists have used their music for social commentary. Bands like Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down, Sex Pistols, and The Clash, have all empowered their fans to rise up to fight injustice. Since we’ve got involved with The Truth Movement, I’ve heard from thousands of fans who are excited that we’re using our music to explore things other than girl and boy problems. The best bands use their music for more than dancing and getting wasted.”
With the current state of political affairs in 2010, (Hed)p.e’s message is more relevant than ever. With the release of their eight studio album, “Truth Rising”, (Hed)p.e. are the air raid siren aimed at waking up youth across the globe.