Coldhome Street

by Weird Decibels

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about

One for the Weird Decibels purists, not our finest hour but some good moments. If you are hearing the band for the first time try Whapper Stormer, One More Solo or Riot Act instead.

Cold Home Street, the difficult third. By Paul lead singer of Weird Decibels

After the hangover from the drunken party that was our 2nd album 'Firkin Outburst' we retreated further away from the live music scene and spent week after week aimlessly writing songs with nothing to look forward to. The early spirit of the band had been replaced by apathy. Coldhome Street is our worst album but perhaps our most important.
I had started playing more and more electric guitar and if I’m honest Stu had lost heart and retreated into the background. I wrote songs at an alarming rate, many meaningless, some good and some downright dirty (but entertaining).
We had always written our songs collectively as a band but on this album I wrote many of the riffs as well as the lyrics. It was clear something had creeped into our psyche, resignation.
Coldhome starts off with Sun Shines Brighter and I Tried to Fly, recorded at a studio in Clydebank called Red Eye Studios. The mixing engineer wanted to mix the album in mono, ok for the 50's I guess. Hope was also recorded here and Stu passed out singing backing vocals! We looked through the window and he was gone! Sparkled on the couch.
Beauty Queen, the album closer and Flame were recorded at Random Rhythms in Stirling. Again we managed to hire an engineer without the desired skills. The mix on Flame is disappointing.
The remaining tracks were recorded on a Tascam 4 track. Our first venture into sound production. It shows. I'm still proud we fitted the whole band onto four tracks but the sound is pretty poor.
There is fun to be found. Hope, Crazyhead, Method in My Madness, Hometown and the cheeky Pearl Necklace (the lyrics are too rude to print) are all stand outs. There is also nonsense, you can here us many times at the end of songs larking about and Another Year Gone Backwards is tape filler. ( I had 3 and a half minutes of DDC tape to fill).
Our third album is a bit of a mess but, like I said, our most important album. It prompted Stu to quit the band and thus bring a much needed end to the first era of Weird. Myself Derek and Greg, our new guitarist Jon Shaw and briefly Kevin Byrne on drums created The Seventeenth.
Coldhome Street is our most important album. We needed to part for a while, this album was to be the catalyst. A few years passed, the hunger grew and we got back together.
We would reform. We would make another four albums (and hopefully counting!) and arguably the second era of the band would turn out better than the first, it would turn out to be Weird Decibels.

credits

released August 1, 2000

Paul Henry Smith Vocals, guitars
Stewart McCairney Guitars Vocals
Greg McSorley Bass
Derek Menmuir Drums, Vocals

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Weird Decibels Falkirk, UK

Weird Decibels; have somehow stuck together for 20 years and have just recorded their 8th album. They are from Falkirk; a town famous for a wheel and big horse heads. It once had a music scene but that's gone so they head to Glasgow and share their brand of rock.

Pabs Vocals
Stu Guitars
Greg Bass
Derek Drums

Somehow after all these years they are still friends
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