It started with a tweet for The Sherlocks when the cheeky Sheffield guitar band asked The Enemy’s Tom Clarke if they could support the indie rock superstars.
The Sherlocks, now set to release debut single Live For The Moment, had already come to his attention after selling out their own UK mini tour earlier this year.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch a live performance of The Sherlocks playing Live For The moment.
They ended up playing to thousands of the Enemy’s fans in Newcastle, Glasgow and Stoke.
The Sherlock’s own social network following went through the roof.
Singer Kiaran Crook, aged 18, brother Brandon, 21, on drums, Josh Davidson, 21, on guitar and brother Andy, 16, on bass, are now being talked about as Sheffield’s next big thing, following in the footsteps of the city’s reputation to produce the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Pulp and Reverend and The Makers.
In a year that has seen The Sherlocks soar to new heights, they have gone on to play summer festivals supporting the likes of Simple Minds, Scouting For Girls, The Pet Shop Boys, The Twangs and The Farm.
Sheffield’s Jon McClure is another big fan and he offered to write with them after they supported his band Reverend & The Makers.
Around the same time they were signed by those who know success when they see and hear it - the same management team who look after The View, Babyshambles, Pete Doherty and The Libertines.
They headlined a Tramlines fringe set at The Plug this summer. But don’t be surprised to see them smashing the main stage in Devonshire Green sometime soon.
It’s not been overnight success – they have played almost 500 gigs in just two years, starting as a covers band, but now playing their own material as they hope to emulate their inspirations, including the Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, The Jam and The Courteeners.
Live For The Moment, following a debut four track EP, First Bite Of The Apple, is certainly the apt name of their single, out on October 13. They are working on new material and fans are hoping for an album next year.
But nothing is planned, other than more live gigs.
If you haven’t got a ticket for their single launch, at Sheffield’s Rockin’ Chair on October 11, tough. They sold out in less than an hour.
They will play Manchester’s Kraak, on November 1, and The Adelphi Club in Hull, On Friday, November 7.
But hurry for tickets. Family and friends are even struggling to get on guest lists with fans hiring coaches to get to gigs.
Brandon, in an exclusive chat, explained how one of their biggest breaks came after he tweeted The Enemy’s frontman Tom Clarke and suggested supported them at Sheffield’s Leadmill.
He said: “He tweeted back offering us Blackburn, but we were playing Mosborough that day so we couldn’t do it. He gave me their management number and told me to give them a ring - they got us on their Newcastle gig.
“We went on to support them in Glasgow, saying his missus just loves us. I think she’s from Sheffield. We also supported them in Stoke and there’s talk of more.
“It all came about from one tweet. Social network is important to us. We answer every fan.”
Brandon said of the forthcoming single launch: “The gig sold out in an hour - the demand was amazing. We’ve announced dates in Manchester and Hull and are looking at Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee. Outside Yorkshire, Scotland seems to be our biggest fan base. We played a gig up there earlier this year and we were then main support for The Enemy in Glasgow. There was 1,000 people there who saw us.
“We’ve got 1,000 hard copies of the single which we will be selling at gigs and online. Fans coming to the Sheffield launch gig will get the chance to get their hands on it a couple of days before it goes on sale online. We’ve been overwhelmed by the reaction. And it’s only the past year we’re stopped doing covers and started playing our own music.”
For more about The Sherlocks visit their official site at thesherlocksmusic.co.uk.