(Fri 01 August)
New Secret Weapon are a hard riffing, hard rocking Dublin trio who combine complex, unpredictable songs with high energy dynamics and catchy choruses. Support came from Caoimhe, a girl with a pretty fine voice who accompanied herself on guitar. Playing mostly covers, she overcame a technical hitch to perform laidback, bluesy versions of everything from Bowie, Queens of the Stone Age, Michael Jackson and Minnie Riperton to name but a few.
The main act began in slow burning fashion with Funeral Marsh, singer Dave Griffin wailing amiably over huge Screaming Trees style riffs. The shackles came off for Wild One, featuring powerhouse drumming as the band channelled the energy of Led Zeppelin, while the bass player kept everything on track. The band’s brawny rock caught fire on I Draw Fire Watch and Look At The State Of It, which had several in the crowd dancing vigorously. The stop start dynamics of Rose and You’re Still Losing showcase this band at their best, with thrilling peaks and lulls in intensity. They climaxed with a barely controlled version of The Epic of Gilgamesh which caused several in the audience to completely lose the run of themselves.
This is a band that appear to have been around the block, who know the ropes, and may yet carve out some kind of career.