A guitarist took his own life after developing a condition that made his hearing so sensitive he could hear his eyeballs move.

Kelvin Edmunds was just like any other musician, with big dreams of taking the world by storm, when he developed Superior Semi-circular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome.

The condition was completely debilitating to him, and his bandmates in Ohibo Paronti were completely mystified by it.

Drummer, Ian Davies has opened up about his childhood friend's suffering as the band release a new album in his memory.

The 65-year old from Cardiff said Kevin would take to stuffing tissue paper in his ears in an unsuccessful attempt to muffle any noise, Wales Online reports.

And it eventually began affecting his mental health.

Band mates of Ohibo Paronti
A late '70s publicity shot of Ohibo Paronti, with drummer Ian Davies and Kelvin on the right

"Even on country walks, something as innocent as a crow cawing would be too much. Everywhere he went he couldn't escape it. I mean, just imagine being able to hear your own eyeballs moving from side to side in your own head."

Eventually, it would all prove too much and, after having gone missing from his home in Cyncoed, north Cardiff, in October 2017, Kelvin's body was found a few days later in woodland.

Kelvin Edmunds
Kelvin was tragically found dead in woodland

Before the tragedy, the band were up on the stage of the legendary Hammersmith Odeon for the final of a Battle of the Bands competition, judged by the starry likes of Billy Idol, Slade's Noddy Holder and Phil Lynott from Thin Lizzy.

BBC Wales also featured them as "ones to watch" on the broadcaster's early '80s talent show, Maybe Next Week, while there was even talk of a slot supporting legends Queen on their US tour.

But the dream was never completed for the four-piece band whose name comes from nonsense bathroom stall graffiti.

The band are now taking another crack at it with a new album that they've created in memory of their missing member.

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"We were like a band of brothers and it didn't really matter that we didn't make it to the big time because we loved doing it," Ian added.

"Chasing the dream was enough to make us all happy – the only sadness is that Kelvin's not around any more."

So They Say by Ohibo Paronti is out on Monday, April 26 on CD and digital download. Email [email protected] for details.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.