It’s elementary why The Sherlocks are being spoken about as Sheffield’s next Arctic Monkeys – a little detective work reveals they are selling out venues all over the North, writes Graham Walker.
Family and friends are struggling to get on guest lists, fans are even hiring coaches to get to gigs and the indie band are celebrating the release of debut four track EP, First Bite Of The Apple.
Tomorrow night they play a homecoming concert at The Plug in Sheffield and a top management company will be looking at them to raise their national profile.
But the quartet, two sets of brothers, are taking it all modestly in their stride.
Singer Kiaran Crook, aged 18, his brother Brandon, 21, on drums, Josh Davidson, 20, on guitar and brother Andy, 16, on bass, say they are overwhelmed by the reaction of fans.
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.
After selling out shows in Leeds, Rotherham and Manchester, hundreds have bought tickets for The Plug. The band are Bolton on Dearne-based but regard Sheffield as their homecoming venue.
They end their UK tour at The Leopard, Doncaster, on April 25.
Sheffield indie chart star Reverend & The Makers front man Jon McClure is already a big fan and has offered to write with them. The Sherlocks have supported The Reverend’s band, The Enemy and The Buzzcocks.
Brandon said: “It’s a great compliment when people say we could be the next Arctic Monkeys. We hope it’s true. It might seem like a dream but hopefully it’s achievable and could become a reality for us in the next year or so.
“Fans have been going nuts at our concerts and we’re selling out venues. It’s not just family and friends now coming to see us. Fans have even hired a coach to our Glasgow date later this month. We can’t wait for tomorrow night. This could be where we step up to the next level.
“We’ve been together gigging since 2011, first playing covers. It’s only last year that we started playing our own material, one or two own songs at first. Now that’s all we play because of the demand.”
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch The Sherlocks perform Live For The Moment.
* Tickets for The Plug are £6. Buy in person, call 0114 241 3040 or visit www.the-plug.com. Limited signed copies of the First Bite of the Apple EP are available at gigs and at thesherlocksmusic.co.uk. It can also be downloaded on iTunes and Amazon.