Bolton-on-Dearne’s The Sherlocks were certainly a slow-burn overnight sensation. Ascending swiftly from stints in working men’s clubs to rammed, buzzing and riotous gigs on the nearby Sheffield scene, they were embraced as the city’s next big guitar stars – the next-gen Arctic Monkeys, if you will – and the band set to launch the next wave of Sheffield alt-rock. Which they did; a series of self-released singles and EPs, beginning in 2012 and really kicking into gear with their Articts-style signature anthem, Live For The Moment in 2014, spread the word like wildfire. Over two years of hard touring, The Sherlocks rose to playing two-thousand capacity venues across the north of England, caught the ear of Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio X and Soccer AM and signed to Infectious in October 2016. A smart signing; months before their 2017 debut album Live For The Moment hit Number Six in the UK they were already crowned as local heroes at the Sheffield Arena, supporting Kings Of Leon. The band went on to support Liam Gallagher on his European Tour in 2018.
With Under Your Sky also hitting the Top Twenty, it was an upward momentum no amount of personal or pandemical pitfalls could thwart. “(Coronavirus) was a bit of a blessing in a way,” says drummer Brandon Crook, who is also brother of lead vocalist and guitarist Kiaran Crook – “because it’s given us time to get new people in, get up to speed and record a new album” Guitarist Alex Proctor was a ‘fretboard wizard’ suggested by their sound guy “(He used to be in a Sex Pistols tribute band for some years”, Brandon laughs.) and bassist Trent Jackson met the band while doing backline at some of their festival dates.
While the rest of the world was on hold, The Sherlocks were undergoing a rebirth. Like every other band, their plans for 2020 were scuppered by Coronavirus: in early March they completed an initial low-key UK tour to support their 2019 second album Under Your Sky, but planned tours of America and the far east were scrapped along with what was gearing up to be a triumphant summer of high-billing festival shows.
Their incendiary new single End Of The Earth announces their triumphant return to the live music scene in the UK, with a slew of summer festival dates announced, including headlining at The Boof in Whitehaven in August, The Sherlocks are also making an appearance at Kendal Calling, sharing the stage with an amazing line up including Blossoms, Australia’s own DMA’s, Richard Ashcroft, Supergrass, Stereophonics, The Streets, The Slow Readers Club and many, many more. The Sherlocks are also set to perform at Y-Not festival in Derbyshire in July, a sold-out Tramlines Festival at Hillsborough Park in Sheffield, also in July, among numerous other dates to be announced soon. All going well, The Sherlocks may just be on their way to Australian shores very soon.
2021 is set to be a very exciting year for The Sherlocks. If you’ve not heard their current single The End Of The Earth, you won’t need to go that far to listen to it – it’s out now on all streaming platforms. Listen now at the end of your headphones. The sound of rock is bouncing back. Soak it up.