The band reform and hit top gear in this excellent fourth album released 2004
One More Solo? Alright go on then! By Paul Smith lead singer of Weird Decibels
I loved my time in the Seventeenth, I can say that now as its been over ten years since the band split. However at that time it was a different story. The Seventeenth were going nowhere, songs were hard to come by, Jon and I weren't getting on musically and Stu was back on the scene.
There was also the small tale of a tiny HMR (Home Made Records is our record label) band called Sllablo. Sllablo was a collaboration between myself and Derek at a time when the Seventeenth were struggling to write songs. Born from frustration Sllablo wrote and recorded an album in 9 hrs. Now you are quite within your rights to ask what the hell this has to do with Weird. Put simply, Sllablo proved that Derek and I could still hammer out simple tunes. It was to be the catalyst for the (regretful) end of the Seventeenth and for the second era of Weird.
We had no plans to reform Weird. We wanted to start a new band. Myself , Stu, Derek and Greg were all present and correct for our first rehearsal with new musical buddies Chris (Taz) Burt (brother of Jemma who appears on our forthcoming album Weird Decibels one) and ex Foam god Kevin Byrne. The six of us booked a slot in Hallglen community centre and wrote a couple of songs (you can hear the Weird versions on Official Bootleg 1).
We decided to move our rehearsals back to our old practise room. Other commitments kept Taz and Byrne away from practise so we, the original four from Weird, found ourselves back in the room. We wrote a song called Stand For Your Rights and I'm going to use that tired old cliché, it fucking rocked.
We were back together after a 3 year break. I could not believe the hunger we had rediscovered. One More Solo wrote itself, it was too dam easy. It was to be one of the finest era's of the band. We recorded the album on a digital 8 Track a Tascam 788 at Derek's flat. We build a basic vocal booth out of egg cartons. It was a time of beautiful recorded naivety.
One More Solo has many songs we still play live today, Waiting on The Sound Of Your High Heels is a live favourite, Cold Calling, Whiskey In My Head and band favourite The Ending always find a way to get on the set list. Fighting With Forever and Hanging By A Thread show our harder edge with the flip side Trying To Grab Hold redefining the term laid back.
We gigged this record a lot, driving around Scotland in my old automatic Vauxhall Carlton that we called 'The Vulture'. We could fit the whole band in this wonderful car. We met many bands some who became our friends. Kranksolo, Roller and Popup to name a few. We travelled to the world famous Carvern club in Liverpool to play One More Solo.
It was the track Easy Way that had us flirting with record label success, This angry kick against modern life struck a chord with a small indie label called Bracken Records (now called Fruit De Mer Records).
In my humble self serving opinion One More Solo is a wonderful record set in a brilliant time. The end of our youth if you like. A time when you could play a gig whenever you wanted, now we have to get babysitters or shift swaps! Listen to the end of Bit Part Optimist Greg has just nailed his bass part in one take, listen to the drunken lads clap, whoop and laugh at the end. This was what it was like at the time. A big party.
Now, I can see my future, I see it everyday.
released January 1, 2004
Paul Henry Smith Vocals Guitars
Stewart w McCairney Guitars Vocals
Greg McSorley Bass
Derek Menmuir Drums and Vocals
Pablo 77 Recorded this record
Artwork Greg, Paul, Stu and Derek
Photos Kev Byrne
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