Nineteen years is a long time to be together as a band, but Weird Decibels have managed it – and, as far as I can tell, with the same four members. Formed in 1995, they’re from Falkirk which seems to be most famous for having a ferris designed for boats (kind of like a funfair designed for PIXAR characters).
They play a nice, easy-to-get-into, middle-of-the-road style of rock. Not exactly radio friendly (which is a good thing), it’s a little too original for that. What it is, is heartfelt.
Their sole album, Weird Decibels 1, was written and released in the months following the death of a very close friend of the band. As such, it’s not really a happy, bouncy album full of anthemic hooks. Instead, it’s soulful and introspective. Listening to the tracks, there’s a fair bit of variety in the writing but an overall undercurrent of folk or traditional music behind the modern instruments.
If you want to see them live, keep your eyes open around the Glasgow area as I’m sure they’ll pop up from time to time. Alternatively, check out one of their songs, “Speak”, below and head over to bandcamp to hear their full album – and buy a copy if you like it enough!