The Weeks at the Grand Social – Review

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the-weeksMississippi band The Weeks hit The Grand Social in Dublin on Monday evening. Support on the night came from Dublin based Leaders of Men with what I must say was one of the best rock vocal performances I’ve seen in some time. Winners of the Arthurs Day Play on the day prize, the Tallaght lads are certainly going places. Keep an eye out!

Just after 9.30 The Weeks took to the stage. Signed to Kings of Leon owned label Snakes and Serpents, the Deep South rockers can be forgiven for sounding somewhat similar to their hosts. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. The Weeks have so much more to their sound than catchy rock by numbers tunes. With a hint of funk, alt-rock and even some reggae vibes it’s hard to pigeon hole them into one particular genre.

From start to finish the party never stopped, with frontman Cyle Barnes being a gig photographer’s worst nightmare, constantly moving about the stage, barely still for a second at a time.

As they belted out tracks old and new the crowd cheered with the opening riff of every song. The setlist was dominated by tracks from the forthcoming album Dear Bo Jackson, which will be released this Friday, 12th July. With uplifting numbers like ‘Brother in the Night’ and ‘King Sized Death bed’ really had the crowd going, to the slower ‘Gobi Blues’. The bands southern country influences are obvious but it’s what they do with it that draws your attention. The story of each song sold to you with every word but with distorted guitars and heavy drums.

The final few songs on the night were dominated by tracks from their 2008 album ‘Comeback Cadillac’, including ‘The House We Grew Up In’, ‘Buttons’ and the last song of the night ‘Mississippi Rain’, although the biggest cheer of the night came for the penultimate song ‘Steamboat’.

The Weeks are set to support Kings of Leon on their world tour. You can pre-order ‘Dear Bo Jackson’ from iTunes.

Review by Pat Byrne

 

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