Latest Laois News: Dopamine hits new highs as Laois music scene explodes with new talent
Laois Band Dopamine takes fans to new heights with release of first album
Portarlington Band take first step to music stardom
DOPAMINE normally mistaken for a happy drug but in this case it is the name of a new Rock Band from Portarlington. The band hopes that the pleasure one gets will be felt from their music. Dopamine consists of four 14-15-year-old lads, Sean Fleming, Lead Guitar & Vocals. Kris Gavin, Bass. Juan Miguel Deborde, Lead Vocals and Guitar and Sudsy (Sean Woods) Drums.
Dopamine was founded about 12 months ago and three of the lads, Fleming, Kris and Sudsy worked on becoming highly proficient with their instruments and producing the music. Dopamine have written and produced all their own music, and the Lyrics were added very recently. Around mid-May, Juan Miguel came on board to assist with vocals and lyrics, and he had a hardcore 2 weeks before the recording studio to prepare. The track, “Demon Eyes” only had vocals written the night before the recording session and recorded on the 4th attempt the next day.
“Lockdown proved very difficult, but we all practised on our own and we spoke over zoom calls to get the music right” said Sudsy when asked about how the music was produced so quickly after restrictions were lifted. “The amount of practise to get the music right has paid off”.
Juan Miguel stated that “Coming in so late to the band was very challenging but I know all the lads from school, and we all worked very hard together to get the album off the ground for the 1st July”. He added, “It was really hardcore to be in a recording studio after only 2 or 3 weeks in the band, but it worked”
“Practise and rehearsals have been free because we have the use of Sudsy’s Da’s shed, it’s insulated and large enough for us all to jam” stated Sean Fleming. Fleming is lead guitar and vocals on a few tracks and he adds a unique, raw sound to the tracks
Supported by their families, the band managed to do 3 days in the recording studios and were able to complete a 5 track first album titled simply “Dopamine”. The release date is planned for July 1st and there will be a limited number of fully signed CDs available (Who knows, they might be collectable in years to come.). This album will be available from Trax in Portlaoise & Tullamore and is also available in Portarlington from John in the Chefs Counter who kindly offered to stock it so Portarlington locals could avail of them.
The Album will be available across all social media platforms from July 1st.
“It’s a really exciting time and we are all a bit nervous of how it (CD) will do cos we need to raise funds for our next recording studio time” stated Kris Gavin but added that he felt that his school friends would support them.
Even before the release of their first ever CD, the lads are already working on their next works and perfecting their current tracks. While admitting that they are still a work in progress, the band are hopeful of gaining support and a following in the very near future.