(SXSW 2016 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #382: The Sherlocks

By on Tuesday, 1st March 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

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The Sherlocks are an alt-indie fourpiece from Sheffield comprising two sets of brothers. They boast over 500 gigs under their belts: impressive, particularly when considering that they are yet to sign to a record label. The band have released a couple of new singles over the past few months: ‘Heart of Gold’ was released in October 2015, and ‘Last Night’ was released in January.

I remember people talking about The Sherlocks during my breaks from uni, when I would visit my hometown just outside of Sheffield. I still see references to the band popping up on my Facebook feed. Just last week an old school friend checked into a gig at The Duchess in York headlined by The Sherlocks as part of their UK tour. They’re often spoken about in the same sentence as Millburn or Arctic Monkeys; it’s inevitable, of course, considering all three acts have spawned from Sheffield’s lively music scene. There’s a sense of ownership over these bands in the way that people from Sheffield and the surrounding areas speak, the stars of the indie and alternative music scene are the local treasures and heroes.

Impressively, this is a band whose success has come off of the back of the hard-work put into the hundreds of live shows that they have done over the past few years and the loyal wave of followers that has swept them along as a result, rather than through publicists or record labels. But the hype has spread beyond Yorkshire, and the band has recently played sold out shows in Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham amongst others.

They’ve been together since 2010, and in that time have amassed an impressive collection of live performances, including supporting The Enemy at some gigs on their 2014 tour, and supported The Libertines at some shows on their tour earlier this year. They’ve developed a sound that is both evocative of their various influences, from The Jam to the Arctic Monkeys, while also distinctly original. ‘Live for the Moment’, their debut single, peaked in the Official UK Singles Chart at number 91, shortly followed by their second single ‘Escapade’, which reached number 45.

‘Heart of Gold’ is a punchy indie number, with an addictive hook and catchy chorus. Prepare to feel the urge to dance around the room when hearing it for the first time. It’s a continuation of their earlier singles, but with a slight lean towards a more indie pop sound, similar to the Pigeon Detectives. The jingle of the opening guitar rhythm, the jump of drums and lead singer Kiaran Crook’s brash yet smooth vocals breaking into the track set up the heartfelt number. The lyrics are also great, evoking Alex Turner’s style of writing about the everyday. “When you’re sat on your own at home crying / why couldn’t we have tried?”: you just know that this kind of lyric wouldn’t sound the same without a ballsy Northern accent.

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Their latest single ‘Last Night’, whilst belonging to the same vein, feels different from their other stuff. There is a confidence to it that is evident in the marching drum beat and static guitar sounds that introduce the track, before the guitar bursts into a crisp, melodic riff. The lyrics, like ‘Heart of Gold’, tell a common story that many will be able to relate to the morning after a night of drinking. There are bold moments in the track, from the distorted warbling at the end, to the tinny megaphone-like echoes of Crooks’ voice throughout, and the overall feel of the song has a fantastic feel to it, like the band have really found their footing.

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The Sherlocks have plenty in store for 2016. Last summer saw the band play Reading and Leeds, and this coming summer they are already announced to be appearing at Y Not Festival in Derbyshire in addition to their visit to Austin for SXSW 2016 this month, which includes a prime spot on the BBC Introducing and PRS for Music Foundation showcase Wednesday night in Austin. They have a number of upcoming dates for 2016, including a return to the acclaimed live music venue in their hometown, Sheffield Leadmill in June, and announced this week that they will be playing The Great Escape held in Brighton this May.

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