Decibel debutant

PORTLAOISE rockers High Decibel brought their brand of magic to the House Hotel in Galway last Thursday when they performed at the 2FM Breakfast with Hector 2nd Chance Debs.

PORTLAOISE rockers High Decibel brought their brand of magic to the House Hotel in Galway last Thursday when they performed at the 2FM Breakfast with Hector 2nd Chance Debs.

The lads won the chance to perform after being chosen by thousands of breakfast show listeners two days beforehand. Singer Andy Lambe first heard about the competition on the radio on the way to work one Monday morning.

“I heard about it about three weeks ago and I got onto Wayne, our guitarist to send the show in our promotional video. So we did and a few days later we got an email to say that we were in the final two bands”. The lads travelled to the RTE studios in Galway on Monday morning of last week where they recorded their chosen song which was the 1979 hit ‘My Sharona’ by The Knack. “The hardest part was picking a song”, said Andy.

“We have over 50 songs to choose from and we couldn’t pick one. We played a gig in Bar Habana last week and we asked some of the audience who were there what song should we choose. A good few said ‘My Sharona’. It’s a catchy song and good for the morning so we said we’d go with that one”.

Although the lads hadn’t performed in a radio studio before, they didn’t let that intimidate them. “We went in and said we might as well give it a shot. We’ve been practicing a lot”.

The lads do have some studio experience though as they recorded their promotional video in Franks Shed TV, run by Portlaoise musician Joe Salmon.

The song choice seemed to do the trick as the lads won the vote by 62%. Listeners voted in to choose their track and pick the band that would be the soundtrack for the 2nd Chance Debs.

Those attending the 2nd Chance Debs had to ring into the show with horror stories from their own debs and 100 were chosen to go along to the event, where they got a meal before dancing the night away. For those who haven’t yet seen High Decibel perform, the band consists of Paul Flynn on drums, Ger O’ Brien on bass, Wayne Connaughton on guitar and Andy Lambe on guitar and vocals.

The group have been together nearly a year and a half and play regularly in Laois, Kildare, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Wexford. They have an energetic and eclectic set list and with over 80 years of musical experience between them, are four accomplished musicians. Dubin native Paul has been playing music for over 20 years, with lots of live performance experience. Wayne has also played in numerous bands over the years and in many different genres. Both Ger and Andy are popular accomplished musicians with about 13 years gigging behind each of them.

The lads thanked everyone who voted as well as John Lalor, Joe Salmon and Trevor Byrne for their help since the band started. Bass player Ger O’ brien was delighted with the win. “Our time in the studio was good fun and the we got along well with the engineer there too who we would like to thank for working with us. We were delighted to hear we won the vote by 62% and would like to thank all the people who voted and support us by coming to gigs”. Fans can see High Decibel when they return to the Square Bar for the Halloween fancy dress party on October 28. To see more gig listings from the lads, check out their Facebook page.