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The Band


We are True Collision. A 3 piece Rock Band from St Austell, Cornwall, in the UK.
Created in 2005.

Since the band formed we have played over 600 shows all the way from Penzance to Somerset and we hope to play many more.

Our repertoire includes original material and covers (from the past and present), to suit many tastes.

Loving to entertain, we put a lot of effort into having really rocking shows! And have been described as a “high energy power trio”.


We have had our music played on the radio including being very lucky to gain the attention of David White on the BBC Radio Cornwall’s “Introducing” show.

Please be assured True Collision always put on a professional show with high quality equipment.


Photo Taken by Peter Hodge at Alstock 2014

Leon Empel-Newman
Instrument: Guitar and Vocals
Plays: Ernie Ball Musicman Guitars through Mesa Boogie Amps


Influences include: Blink 182, Green Day, Jimmy Eat World, The Starting Line, Prince, AC/DC, Van Halen, Cream

Favourite Live Song: Unstick The Glue


Started playing music when he was 16, originally as a bass player.
Joined with school friends including Wayne to play in a Blink 182 inspired band called "Human Mistake", where he also took the role of lead Vocalist.
As the band progressed Wayne joined as the Bass player allowing Leon to switched to his passion of playing Guitar.
After the band ended it finally gave him the chance to do something more original, so along with Wayne they began "Terra Nova", which has now evolved into "True Collision".
He has also been in a couple of college bands "Zero over 12k" and "Freudian Lick".

Photo Taken by Peter Hodge at Alstock 2014

Wayne Lean
Instrument: Bass and Backing Vocals
Plays: Musicman Bass Guitars through Mesa Boogie Amps


Influences include: Blink 182, Green Day, Iron Maiden, Johnny Cash, Great Big Sea, Metallica, Sum 41


Favourite live song: No One Better and Since You’ve Been Sleeping


Started playing Bass after leaving school at 16 along with Leon in a band called “Human Mistake”, which was inspired by bands like Blink 182, Green Day and The Offspring.
During the course of the band Wayne left to attend college and universes courses, this gave him more time to achieve different goals, but also in his spare time to continue improving his bass playing.
When “Human Mistake” ended, him and Leon formed the band “Terra Nova". This was a chance to do something different and simply have more fun. In time “Terra Nova” has now evolved into "True Collision" a more original and expressive live band.

Tony Thomas
Instrument: Drums
Plays: Mapex Drums and Zildgian Cymbals


Influences: Led Zeppelin, Free, Saxon, Black Sabeth, Iron Maiden.....


Favourite live song:


Enjoy’s hooking up with other musicians to jam.
Tony started playing the Drums in 1985, and has been lucky in his 31 years to plays in many bands with many fine musicians.. May it continue…