RARELY these days do you get to view three quality bands on the same bill with one and all playing their ownmaterial, but that’s exactly what we got at Chesterfield’s Real Time Live’s Original Rock Night.
Even better, the house was reasonably full, which proves that if you dig deep enough, the market is there.
Opening the night was Industrial Metal gang Sukkerpunch, who I believe were making their first public performance. Comprising Traitors Gate’s Dave Hewitt and Phil May, their music was very different from the normal day job.
If you were to shove T.Rex, Marilyn Manson and Rammstein into a blender you might end up with Sukkerpunch. With Pod on the vocals, Paddy Watters on guitar and Kirk Wells hitting the tubs they really did the business with their short set full of power, groove and strong songs.
For a debut performance, the audience reaction was amazing.
Clawback The Day took the stage next, this time a foursome who were slightly heavier than the openers. I enjoyed Unashamed, it was nice to hear the Killswitch Engage track My Last Serenade, and even nicer to see that they were documenting the night via a small film crew. With Nash on vocals, Colin on guitar, Adam on bass and Matt filling the drums, they too did a decent job for the crowd.
Top spot went to Blakshine, who again did a sterling job with their eleven song set.
Opening with Man Of Fire, Downside Upside and the brilliant Love, Life, Liberty , frontman Rick Gilliat and voice of Traitors Gate did his usual first class performance aided by the equally brilliant Andy Dawson on guitar.
We also had Blakshine, which is the title of the band’s debut album, with both Andy and bassist Tony Butterworth helping out on backing vocals, good drumming from Dave Lindley, and again an appreciative cheer from the Chesterfield followers.
Considering all three units are in their infancy, for me this was one of the best viewings I had in ages.
The night shone, the fists punched the air, and the day ended on a high.