By Natalie Greener
The Sherlocks – an indie rock four piece from the UK – almost sold out Nottinghams most iconic venue. Rock City, being the home of alternative music culture from 1980 onward, is any bands dream to play. The stage that hosted people from the likes of Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) to John Peel (TheUndertones) was brought to life on Saturday.
The Sherlocks are a band I first came by when they supported James at Sheffields Botanical Gardens in the summer of 2016. The gig was pretty good considering I was a total newbie to The Sherlocks music but I definitely was alone in my inexperience. Everybody seemed to know the band – it was almost as though their music had been around longer than the 2 years from their first single (Live For The Moment in 2014) to build a fanbase so strong. Evidently, Sheffield feels a sense of pride towards The Sherlocks. The band are a hit and Sheffield towns rock music scene struck gold when these boys appeared from Bolton upon Dearne. A lot of work being injected into the band since 2010, a boisterous following created opportunities for the lads some can only dream of. A deity of rock music since 1997, The Libertines gave The Sherlocks a support slot on their 2016 tour. Are you jealous yet? Touring with the iconic Carl Barât and Pete Doherty wasnt enough for the boys as they later went on to supplement their thousand plus gig portfolio with the phenomenon that is Kings Of Leon – Mind. Blown.
The Sherlocks seemed to have grown even more and established a groovy fanbase for themselves. Luckily, I have become familiarised with the bands music since 2016. Clearly the lads decision to centre their attention on singles has consequently allowed something great to evolve in the process. Made up of two sets of brothers, Andy and Josh Davidson alongside Kiaran and Brandon Crook took to the stage as the crowd went wild. Maybe the reason that The Sherlocks have reached such clear success so shortly is due to the tight bond family brings. It definitely helps in regards to songwriting – the music they produce is top notch. My personal favourite is Last Night which started the Rock City gig off. The mosh pit was so tight and so zestful it reminded me of previous gigs I have attended by other bands making a breakthrough in today’s alternative music scene. In particular, the atmosphere of the audience was reminiscent of 2017 Dot To Dot headliner – Sundara Karma and the unforgettable mosh to Kaiser Chiefs at this year’s Splendour.
For their 2017 tour, The Sherlocks called upon Mowbeck and Ashfields as their support acts. This decision was a bloody good one. The elevated crowd adored these well established Nottingham bands making me proud to be a Notts lass. The illustrious reaction towards the support by packed Rock City was enough for me to applaud our local music scene. We are rocking it right now!
Images by Erin Heffron