TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – “We’ve been playing together for 20 years. We’ve been writing songs for that long. Some of the songs that we’re wanting to put on the CD here, that we’re in the process of have been around since 87 or 88” David Euratte of Signal Five said.
Signal Five’s song writing credentials began back in high school, in the age of 80’s hard rock and heavy metal.
“I was in a band, in a garage band back in high school and we needed another guitar player. And our guitar player at the time knew a guy named Bob Johnson” David said.
“So I played when I was 11 or 12 up to when I met Dave when we were 16 or 17” lead guitarist, Bob Johnson, said.
“We just immediately clicked. I liked his style, he was a shredder and that’s what I liked. And the music has kept us together that whole time” David said.
David and Bob didn’t know it, but the final piece of their band was out in the audience.
“We had mutual friends and I’d go over and actually watch them play for a little bit. That’s when I first met Bob” Fred Hamblen, drummer for Signal Five, said.
But after high school, Fred lost touch with the band. It wasn’t until he began his career at the Terre Haute Fire Department that he was able to reconnect.
“Fred came on the job 6 months after me. Didn’t know he played the drums. I knew him kind of from high school but didn’t know he played drums. So we started talking. I played guitar with Bob still” David said.
“We hooked up at my house. Out in the garage after that first time, you know everything just clicked” Fred said.
Bob joined the department a few years later, which solved the most important problem the band had: the band’s name.
“how many names have we had? Several. We don’t do a whole lot of playing out anywhere. We used different names that hit us that we thought were cool at the time. But Signal Five was if we were toned out on a Signal Fire, that meant we were going out on a fire. Just something to tie us in with the fire department. A career we all love” Fred said.
A career and a hobby that has brought a brotherhood to three friends.