Posted March 26, 2006 by Mike Mineo in Features


In the dark and blurry photo above, the two-piece Three Chords And The Truth are simply doing what they do best: creating simplistic catchy tunes. While the duo, who simply go by Scuta and Jim’ll, hail from London, their influences are certainly American-based. Whether it be their love for Simon & Garfunkel and Johnny Cash (both are visible) or their admiration of Elvis, their sound could easily fit into any band in the United States. More modernly, they sound very similar to The Magic Numbers, who also combine their British sound with distinct American roots. They call themselves a “two man one man band” because both musicians play two instruments at one time. They have been playing together for over three years with themselves, kick drums, kick tambourines, lap steels, and a other various assortments of instruments.

In one of their most notable songs, ‘Take Some Drugs’ takes its amusing song title and turns it into a sweet and slow moving ballad. “The doctor said to take some drugs, I wish I’d never met her,” slowly details the pain of death. It’s a catchy and enjoyable song that could appropriately position themselves to a more accessible audience. In a blink of an eye, they can transition themselves to ‘Legs Like Elvis’, a very fun poppy song — “I wish I had legs like Elvis, I wish I could shake my pelvis.” While they may not be the first to rhyme ‘Elvis’ with ‘pelvis’, the song is very fun to listen to and avoids being repetitive with some changes along the way. ‘Doin’ Wrong’ is a typical Southern-sounding song taking elements from any early Southern pioneers, heavily reliant in its anthemic chorus. ‘Sweet Loving’ takes some elements from their first two songs. Overall, Three Chords And The Truth sound like two friends are very musically inclined and can really be something special.


Three Chords And The Truth – Take Some Drugs



Three Chords And The Truth – Legs Like Elvis



Three Chords And The Truth – Doin’ Wrong



Three Chords And The Truth – Sweet Loving


Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine. Send your music to [email protected].