The Sherlocks are a band I’ve been following for almost 3 years now and to say they have grown would be an absolute understatement. Since first watching the band at the start of 2015 after begging them to come down south for almost a year prior, the band have exploded into the mainstream. The first time I saw them was at undoubtedly my favourite venue, The Joiners in Southampton. Since then, I have watched them play multiple other times at the same venue, sub headline the Jack Rocks/This Feeling Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival, support The Libertines at the 6000 capacity Bournemouth International Centre and play their first headline show in Brighton at Patterns. The band, in my opinion, have grown in confidence and skill every time I have watched and the crowds just continue to grow with them. Last night came the time for the Sheffield quartet to play their biggest headline show outside of their own city to date and they did not disappoint.
Opening the night was Guildford indie/punk 4 piece Blackwaters. The band played a raucous 6 song set including single ‘Jarr’ed Up Generation’ which was produced by Carl Barat. Fitting, since the band so clearly take influence from their producers’ band.
Following Blackwaters were The Tones. They played well but even the morning after the gig, I can’t work out why they played at all. Their set was heavy and didn’t compliment the headliner’s sound whatsoever.
After the odd support choice, the time came for the headliners to prove their worth. Opening with latest single ‘Last Night’, the band captivated the audience in such a way that proves they’re ready for much bigger stages than Scala. The band announced on social media that the gig had sold out and really, it wasn’t hard to see why. Up until recently they have been lacking a presence in the capital and music fans from across the south jumped at the opportunity to see such a promising young band in such an iconic venue.
The band smashed through a set full of fan favourites. Songs like ‘Was It Really Worth It?’ and ‘Will You Be There’, both yet to be released to the public, were particular stand out points, proving that the band, despite being at a relatively early stage in their professional career, have a cult following already.
Ending their set with debut single ‘Live For The Moment’, followed by crowd favourite ‘Chasing Shadows’ was the right move for the band. These were almost certainly the two songs anybody who stumbled across the band would have heard first and the gig seemed to be building in anticipation towards the moment where drummer Brandon Crook clicked I to ‘Live For The Moment’. A perfect end to a gig that will definitely be remembered as one of those ‘I was there’ moments.
As a huge fan of the band, I can honestly say this was the best gig they have played and if you haven’t seen them, what are you waiting for?
Written by Lee Vincent