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"Not only does every element of their songs feel meticulously crafted, but also they have some of the most prolific drive of a local band I’ve seen in recent years."

-Ryan Getz (TUNED UP)

". . . The guitars crunch heavily, the bass rumbles and the cymbals splash accordingly. Crandall’s voice is deep and driving; you can feel the importance and urgency in her vocals. . ."

-Jesse Jester (Music in Motion Columbus)


TRUSS is a riff-driven hard rock band with roots in grunge, punk, and alternative metal. Taking influence from bands like Soundgarden, TOOL, Black Sabbath, and Paramore, their energetic performances breathe new life into modern, honest hard rock. TRUSS meets at the nexus of throaty, melodic vocals and a wall of carefully-curated heavy guitars.

Formed in 2018 while students at The Ohio State University, TRUSS consists of vocalist Hannah Crandall, guitarist Eric Kennedy, and drummer Holden Szalek. TRUSS quickly gained traction around Columbus, Ohio by playing at various college clubs, events, and parties. They recorded (on campus) and released their debut single "Mayhem" in May of 2019, which to date has amassed nearly 700,000 streams across platforms. Following graduation, the band moved back to their hometown of Cleveland just before the pandemic. With the success of "Mayhem," Kennedy and Szalek spent the pandemic further honing their engineering skills to self-produce the band's music moving forward.

Since their reestablishment in Cleveland, TRUSS has supported national acts Everclear, 10 Years, AnberlinPuddle of Mudd, PLUSH, Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss, Dead Poet Society, Big WreckSpongeRoyal & the Serpent, The Dollyrots, and RIVALS, among others. 


In July of 2022, TRUSS released their self-produced debut album "Reset My Head," which received coverage from media outlets such as and Cleveland Scene Magazine. In September 2023, TRUSS released their latest single, "SOILED," and will release their second followup single, "SELFISH," in June 2024.


TRUSS created, organizes, and headlines "Rock the Halls," an annual, all-female-fronted holiday charity concert at House of Blues Cleveland, raising thousands of dollars for local women-focused charities.


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“'Reset My Head’ combines heavy, yet sophisticated and polished riffs with seasoned vocals, a sharp set of drums that don’t miss a number and bass to round out a sound. . . Simply put, any fan of hard rock music will absolutely fall in love with this track, but for those who especially hold bands like Evanescence or Lacuna Coil close to their heart, this is an absolute must-hear.”

-Jeff Niesel (Cleveland Scene) [PR by Kevin Vargo]


Support to national acts:

  • Everclear

  • 10 Years

  • Anberlin

  • Puddle of Mudd


  • Nita Strauss

  • Dead Poet Society

  • Big Wreck

  • Royal & the Serpent

  • Sponge

  • The Dollyrots


  • Lez Zeppelin

Notable Venues:

  • House of Blues (Cleveland, OH)

  • The Odeon (Cleveland, OH)

  • Bovine Sex Club (Toronto, ON)

  • Mr. Smalls Theater (Pittsburgh, PA)

  • The King of Clubs (Columbus, OH)

  • Beachland Ballroom (Cleveland, OH)

  • The Grog Shop (Cleveland)

  • Mahall's (Cleveland)


  • North by Northeast [NXNE] - Toronto, ON (2023, 2024)

  • LAUNCH Music Conference - Lancaster, PA (2024)

  • Ohio Brew Week - Athens, OH (2023, 2024 scheduled)

  • PORCHROKR - Akron, OH (2023)

  • Larchmere Porchfest - Cleveland, OH (2023)

  • Brewfest Waterfront District - Lorain, OH (2022)

  • Local Roots Festival - Sunbury, OH (2022)


  • Cleveland Music Awards

    • Best Rock Band (nominated 2023)​

  • Cleveland Scene: Best of Cleveland

    • Best Band (nominated 2023)​

    • Best Female Vocalist (nominated 2023)

    • Best Local Album (3rd place 2023)


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