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“It’s not a black thing,” announces The True on “People,” the opening song on the local quartet’s eponymous album, and strictly speaking that’s, well, true: The photos on the back of the package indicate that only one True man—guitarist, singer, and songwriter Alan Scott—is black, and the band is capable of near-funkless ballads like “Sky Fell Down” and “Blood on the Dagger.” The True is liveliest when funkiest, though: The bass-slapping groove is the strongest feature of the band, which plays a CD-release gig Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Bayou. Such songs as “Bunjeefunkapus” and “Sex Funk”—which espouse racial unity, lecture insensitive men, and ask such questions as, “I want to know/Are the funky people in the house?”—don’t add much to the store of groove-centered wisdom, but the best of these songs really move, and the chorus of “Don’t Let the World Get You Down” showcases the quartet’s largely untapped smooth-soul reserves. Despite the “peace and love” lyrics, though, the band does occasionally entertain dark thoughts: “Bunjeefunkapus” threatens the lives of both electric- slide dancers and “the hated Barney.” The True can be reached at 10013 Woodland Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20902.