posted by Cptn
Lemanis will be launching their album The Truth About a Push Me-Pull You at the Hippo (the renamed Plymouth Hub) on Saturday, February 28 (that’s two days before Valentine’s Day for those looking to woo). We are assured there will be at least 12 of the band in attendance, and they’ll be playing at a steady 69.9 decibels. Read on to find out why.
Phil from Lemanis got in touch about proposals to limit sound levels in live venues. Here’s what he whispered to us:
“In case you hadn’t yet heard, the government is planning using sound control devices in live music venues to limit the levels of sound.
“I’ve heard stories from bands on tour in countries with these things in place, and it’s not good. The systems will likely cut the power to the PA when a certain sound level is reached, forcing live bands to play under this level.
“Apparently, this level could be as low as 70 decibels. ‘How loud is that?,’ I hear you ask. To give you a rough indication, a normal conversation is around 60db, a busy pub would be around 80db. So 70db would be around the level of conversation in restaurant. That’s the level they’re talking about cutting us off at.
“This means the band would be playing quieter than the conversation (technically, a pub full people talking alone could set the system off). Or not playing at all, more likely.
“I appreciate that they want to protect people’s hearing, but people can choose to protect their own hearing with the right information and earplugs easily available.
“It takes eight hours of noise at 90db (the kind of levels an underground station reaches) to cause any damage, I am reliably informed, so why limit it to 70?
“I have tinnitus (ringing in the ears) permanently through too much exposure to loud music, I play in bands and work with live bands. As far as I’m concerned, that makes me a leading authority on the matter. And I say no, the idea is stupid.
“By enforcing this, only the quietest of acoustic acts can possibly survive. Goodbye live bands in the UK. Is there anything you can do? Yes, go here right now and sign the petition.
“The deadline is on Friday, so do it right now, and forward this to your friends.”
There are a couple of tracks from The Truth About a Push Me-Pull You on the Lemanis site.