Review: Dirty Goods at Newport Riverfront

Dirty Goods formed part of the Busk on the Usk line-up.

Dirty Goods formed part of the Busk on the Usk line-up.

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“We’re going to begin with three minutes silence” joked vocalist Wylee as Newport band Dirty Goods set up their Busk on the Usk set on Saturday evening.

Set in the intimate setting of the Riverfront studio, the band then went on to break the silence by launching into half an hour of vibrant, energetic and loud material proving a valid point as to why fans had quickly snapped up tickets for the gig.

It was clear from the offset that Dirty Goods consisting of Woody (bass), Mikee (drums) and Wylee (vocals, guitar) had an audience (spanning several generations) that loved them. It was easy to see why, band frequently encouraged their audience to dance and enjoy themselves and the audience evidently did.

Displaying a cool fusion of 1970s mod rock and raw energy featuring echoes of The Clash and Big Country, Dirty Goods knocked out a powerful half-hour set of all-original material.

Highlights included the guitar driven rock of “Hollywood” delivered with a hypnotic drumbeat, the rousing “Sunshine Afternoon” and the bands new single “Surely Not” described by Wylee as “available to download from iTunes for 79p and great value for money”.

The song “Honest” brought the set crashing to a powerful close and it was evident from this trio of very talented young musicians that Dirty Goods are certainly an act to watch in the future .

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