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The Sherlocks

Unique in the sense they comprised of two sets of brothers (singer/guitarist Kiaran Crook and drummer Brandon, and guitarist Josh Davidson and bassist Andy), The SHERLOCKS have grown from aping ARCTIC MONKEYS to challenging for chart positions in the stream-conscious, pop-fixated UK market.
Formed 2011, in Bolton upon Deane, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England, a long series of self-endorsed EPs and singles commenced in May 2012 with `Conflict’. Although no title track adorned this and each of the following EPs, `Think For Yourself’ and `First Bite Of The Apple’, headway was slowly but surely kicking in via singles, `Live For The Moment’, `Escapade’ and `Heart Of Gold’. And helped on by BBC Radio 1 airplay, and on the back of invites to the Reading and Leeds Festivals of 2015 (and 2016), it was indeed time for a bona fide 7-inch issue of `Last Night’ (dispatched on Walk Tall Records).
Infectious Records saw potential in the now Sheffield-based band’s spirited indie-rock motifs, and after boom-or-bust support slots to The LIBERTINES and The COURTEENERS (and a SXSW festival appearance in Austin, Texas), the quartet were ready to hit the big time. Further colourful 7-inch platters came in the shape of `Will You Be There?’, `Was It Really Worth It?’ and the wonderful `Chasing Shadows’, before debut set LIVE FOR THE MOMENT (2017) {*6} stormed the Top 10. A case of “no shit, Sherlock” was pinned on reviewers pigeonholing the lads’ expressive sounds as the next ARCTIC MONKEYS or VACCINES, but at least for now they’d won over the youth.
Switching producers from Gavin Monaghan to The CORAL’s James Skelly (and on the back of a tour supporting LIAM GALLAGHER), The SHERLOCKS were back in the album charts; although only scraping a Top 20 place with the slack sophomore set syndrome of 2019’s UNDER YOUR SKY {*6}. The record, with its fist-pumping fest anthems such as `NYC (Sing It Loud)’, `Dreams’ and `I Want It All’, had a certain appeal, but astute fans of the erstwhile Britpop scene had seen it all, heard it all, and bought the T-shirts back in the day.
© MC Strong/MCS Oct2019

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