September 25, 2008

Fiendish Win for Teen Punk Trio

Four North Lincolnshire bands are now through to the last 12 of the 27th annual Scunthorpe Rock Open, promoted by the Grimsby and Scunthorpe Media Group.

And another five hopefuls are busy tuning up for tomorrow's penultimate heat.

Compere/DJ Steve Bird will introduce them at The Black Beauty, Bottesford.

The Revolvers and Revolution from Scunthorpe, Lincoln's Cruise Control and Dark Mantra and Grimsby's Signature 67 will all be hoping to get through.

Last week's contest was classic entertainment.

Newly-named Barton-Upon-Humber sextet Baghera reached the semi- finals for the second successive year after again impressing the judges in the fourth heat at The Black Beauty.

Three teenagers from the Brigg area who are collectively known as The Fiends will also make their debut in next month's eliminators.

Baghera and The Fiends will now join fellow local musicians Neversed and Wild Messiah in the semis, along with Doncaster's MIO1, Immingham's The Maker and Lincoln's The Satisfaction and Sevenday Weekend.

Bob Dickinson, a lecturer in performing arts at Scunthorpe's North Lindsey College, headed the judging panel at the Black Beauty.

Of the most recent hopefuls, he said: "Cave Toads - some signs of inexperience, but there was also confidence and indications of a band working together towards a common goal. A year on from now and we may have a Rock Open winner.

"The Fiends - technically accomplished and inspiring with an original fusion of ska, punk and a few other musical ingredients thrown in for good measure.

"Bushgrind - a few minor tweaks, an over-reliance on recycled riffs and an uncommunicative singer prevented a potentially strong contender progressing to the semi-finals.

"Baghera - maybe here was the future of rock 'n' roll from a rabble-rousing onstage musical collective. The singer promised the dark side of music and what followed was a sonic assault on the senses."

Admission for tomorrow is pounds2.50 and doors open at 7.30pm.

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