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One True Thing

Formed by guitarist Milan Millevoy (as Scarab) in ’94, what would evolve into a sonic fusion of sound began as a three-piece post hard core act influenced by the likes of Helmet and Quicksand. Vocalist Melanie Wills joined the fold later through an ad at a local record shop. Though her mammoth throat work spoke volumes, her young age (a mere 16 years old) left her potential band mates skeptical. Regardless, it took just one audition to secure her position in the band. A modest three-song demo earned the band a spot at the celebrated New Music Seminar in New York City. Impressed by their ...read more

Formed by guitarist Milan Millevoy (as Scarab) in ’94, what would evolve into a sonic fusion of sound began as a three-piece post hard core act influenced by the likes of Helmet and Quicksand. Vocalist Melanie Wills joined the fold later through an ad at a local record shop. Though her mammoth throat work spoke volumes, her young age (a mere 16 years old) left her potential band mates skeptical. Regardless, it took just one audition to secure her position in the band. A modest three-song demo earned the band a spot at the celebrated New Music Seminar in New York City. Impressed by their engaging sound and poignant stage presence, ESP Management (Bad Company, Megadeth, Corrosion Of Conformity etc.) latched onto Scarab and would consequently represent the band for the next two years.

Scarab signed with NY based Gotham Records in 1997, while parting ways with ESP Management. A debut record would be recorded, but never released after a contractual dispute. After signing a lucrative publishing deal with Zomba, the band bought their record back from the label and continued to tour. Though their live shows upped their precision and widened their fan base, turmoil ran rampant throughout the Scarab camp. Antonio Longo (bass) left the band temporarily to sing for Victory recording artists, Taking Back Sunday, and a series of Spinal Tap-esque drummer replacements plagued the band and left the future in doubt.

At this point, they changed their name to the more appropriate ONE TRUE THING - a reference to the only thing that remained true: music. Though they remained busy (Melanie sang co-vocals on the song “Short Stories With Tragic Endings” off From Autumn To Ashes’ breakthrough album, Too Bad You’re Beautiful, as well as taking lead vocals on the song “Autumn’s Monologue”, on their follow-up, The Fiction We Live) things seemed bleak. Was ONE TRUE THING dangling from its last rope? Hardly.

In 2001, former Fahrenheit 451 drummer Ray Greene was enlisted to solidify the band’s current lineup and Longo returned on bass in 2003. After recording an assortment of new tunes at studios across New York, ONE TRUE THING signed with fast-rising Play the Assassin Records to unleash the fittingly titled Finally.... The disc, produced by Tom Soares (Sick Of It All, Leeway, Shelter etc.), is indeed a true work of creative genius welding rich, sonorous rhythms with thoughtful lyrics and Wills’ incessantly penetrating vocals. ONE TRUE THING didn’t just play music - they painted lush landscapes of sound.

One True Thing broke up in 2007.

-- From the archived One True Thing website.

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LPs
Finally ...
2004

3.2
2 Votes
EPs
One True Thing
2006

2.5
1 Votes

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