SUPPORT: Blaenavon, RINSE
REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
PHOTOS by CHRIS HOLLINGWORTH
2016 so far has been a year to remember for Sheffield indie/alternative outfit The Sherlocks.
The band, comprising of two sets of brothers, have enjoyed regular airplay on BBC Radios 1 and 6 Music, they have been championed as one to watch by the music press, and they even went to Texas in March to play the prestigious South by Southwest festival.
They were in Hanley as part of a nationwide tour promoting their new single “Will You Be There?”
Support acts Blaenavon and local boys RINSE have also been tipped to go on to bigger and better things, and if their sets were anything to go by, then they both have bright futures ahead of them.
I first saw RINSE only four months ago, and even though they were good then, they now seem to have definitely taken things up to another level.
Blaenavon, not from the Welsh town but actually from Hampshire, played a confident set, with energy in abundance from all three members.
Young frontman Ben Gregory had the crowd in the palm of his hand with a stage presence that could have belonged to a musician with many more years of experience behind them.
After two solid support performances, The Sherlocks must have been feeling the pressure when the time came for them to get under way, but there was absolutely no evidence of this during their set.
The crowd were instantly hooked on the fast-paced sound, complimented by the melodic vocals of frontman Kiaran Crook.
Their new single, “Will You Be There?” has a rather heavier, more guitar-led sound than what they have done before, but they pulled it off brilliantly and I can see this song as a possible chart breakthrough for them.
Overall, with their set, The Sherlocks showed exactly why they are possibly being seen as the biggest indie band to come out of the Steel City since the Arctic Monkeys just over a decade ago.