SUPPORT ACTS can quite often get a raw deal, as all and sundry are waiting for the main event. Not so at Wirksworth, as a warm response was given to first act of the night, Matlock chap Andy Carr, who displayed his acoustic guitar skills to the max.
Next up from Derby were The Standby Setting, a talented symmetrical foursome comprising two guys and two girls, a nice combination I thought. And the music they played really hit the mark with the near full house cheering loudly to Turning Wheels and Yesterday I Was Famous. With a sterling performance behind them it was time for 3:Second:Fuse to do the business. After a shaky start, which included a strange toilet stop for lead guitarist Andy the lads powered on with Metallica style riffs to foot stomping stuff like Yours Truly, which I felt was good, as was Worldbreaker, the band’s current single and its sister song Witch Craft. This version was different to the disc as it featured a dual drum solo with Andy on small stand-up kit thrashing along to main drummer boy Mark, with bassist Martin hanging on for dear life.
It’s good to slip in a cover tune when you’re relying on original material, and Ordinary World by Duran Duran proves 3:Second:Fuse play with their brains too, as I’ve not heard any band cover this before.
As frontman Mike said his good nights the band rattled out a Black Sabbath medley to huge cheers from the masses.
Although the main thrux of the evening was a launch night for Medius Music, a record label set up by Derbyshire lad Andy Richardson to enable local talent to release material in the easiest way possible, it has to be said that if more nights can be organised like this, the music scene in Derbyshire Dales is showing more than just green shoots of recovery, it’s blooming.