PACKAGED together like a nice sandwich, local promoters Deafbox Promotion had lined-up an explosive box of sounds that started off small but mushroomed perfectly.
Due to last-minute headaches, the original opener pulled out, so to fill the gap headliners 3 Second Fuse stepped acoustically into the void.
Drummer Mark Howarth did several tunes, with frontman Mike Richardson doing the same. Big early surprise was however an acoustic version of Iron Maiden’s Holy Smoke. That, for me, was a first.
Next up we had fivesome The Black Hands, opening with a catchy thing called The Devil’s Way.
They band soon settled into their stride with well-crafted songs and good stage presence.
Strong song for me was, Are You Experienced?, which had an excellent flow and structure.
Hailing from Alfreton, this is a band to watch out for!
Matlock gang Causeway Lane, another five-some, tried to take the higher ground with their bag of originals including Never Give Up, and closed their short stint with a rousing cover of Blink 182’s, All The Small Things.
Although some of their songs were pretty good, I did think Causeway Lane needed to spend more time honing their craft.
They made a decent fist of things but I felt they didn’t quite match up to the standards set by The Black Hands.
Now fully amped-up it was time for 3 Second Fuse to hit the stage again, opening with Last Laugh, Iron Sky and Made Me Human.
Cover song Ordinary World was the evening’s second surprise, as I’ve not heard a metal band cover this before.
Originally the first major American hit for Duran Duran in the 9Os, this was a good working of a meaningful tune.
The quartet, completed by Martin Popplewell on bass and Andy Richardson on lead guitar, ploughed on with the set – closing with tributes to the metal greats Metallica, For Whom The Bell Tolls, a Black Sabbath medley and an exciting version of Iron Maiden’s Run To The Hills.
Although it was a tad loud, 3 Second Fuse and the supporting cast did a good job of flag-waving Derbyshire’s music scene, with the Fishpond itself reasonably well-attended. Hopefully, the event might be replicated elsewhere and if so, your company is required.