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Area band making a name
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Soundspeed, a band created by Hinesville resident Josh Polley, left, and Richmond Hill resident Dave Pena, has been garnering a lot of local attention. - photo by Photo provided.
When he’s not teaching English at Richmond Hill High School, Dave Pena is using his language skills to write and perform songs as part of the local rock band Soundspeed. The band released an album in March and their first single has been getting radio airplay locally.
The band was created last year when Pena, guitarist and songwriter, hooked up with Hinesville vocalist Josh Polley. Pena said the two were drawn together by their mutual respect for the rock band The Foo Fighters, whose musical style resembles Soundspeed’s.
“I’ve been playing in bands for years, doing cover songs, but I’ve always been writing,” Pena said. “This CD came into fruition from the meeting of the minds with Josh.”
Earlier this year, Pena and Polley traveled to Polley’s hometown in Kentucky to record their self-titled debut. They then enlisted Savannah resident Donald Moates to add drums and mix the disc.
Shortly after it was finished, their song “Half a Mile from Down” was played on Q105.3, during a radio show that features local talent. Although it is not in regular rotation, the station has played it multiple times since. The band was also featured recently on SCAD Radio.
Soundspeed played a live show Friday at Augie’s. Previous gigs have included Station Xchange, Molly MacPherson’s and City Market in Savannah.
To get a copy of Soundspeed’s self-title debut, go to Barnes & Noble in Savannah or the band’s Web site at

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