With their 2017 debut album ‘Live For The Moment’, Sheffield quartet The Sherlocks established themselves as key contenders in a new wave of British bands keeping alt-rock and indie vital for a new generation of fans. The album fired into the charts at #6 as the band inspired devotion whether they went, from shows with Liam Gallagher to an international array of festival dates to rapturously received shows in Japan.
Now The Sherlocks enter a new chapter in their career with the news that their eagerly anticipated second album ‘Under Your Sky’ will be released on October 4th on Infectious Music.
While ‘Live For The Moment’ remains a scintillating insight into the hedonism and heartbreak of youth, ‘Under Your Sky’ finds frontman Kiaran Crook writing songs which bridge the exuberance of youth with the reflection and maturity of young adulthood.
That approach – worldly songs with one eye cast homeward – is perfectly demonstrated in the album’s lead single ‘NYC (Sing It Loud)’, which received its exclusive first play last night courtesy of Annie Mac at Radio 1. “I wanna see the world with you,” Kiaran sings, imagining “getting lost in the city for a day” with someone left behind.
“It was the first proper American tour we’d done and I was blown away by the place,” he explains. “The other side was wishing certain people could be there to see it with me. When you know people are at home and you’re having such a good time, you think, ‘If you could see what I’m seeing.’ Even though I’m in New York, I’m still thinking about people at home who I wish could see New York who have never been and may never go.”
The songs are largely born from experiences, often specific to Kiaran in circumstance but largely universal in emotion. The driving ‘I Want It All’ reminisces over a gloriously stormy festival weekend in Wales, along with other memorable moments Kiaran has spent with a special someone. Then the Springsteen-tinged ‘Time To Go celebrates the more casual romantic encounter.
Whether despairing over the ambitions lost to people doing McJobs on ‘Dreams’ or dissecting the various stages of relationships on ‘Waiting’ or in the album’s heartbroken, epic finale and the title track, Kiaran also found inspiration from the stories and circumstances of people in his hometown. Naturally, it’s a collection that leans towards the melancholy, but vitally there’s hope for better times ahead too.
This time around, The Sherlocks- completed by Kiaran’s brother Brandon(drums) and the Davidson siblings Josh guitar) and Andy (bass) – opted for a more structured recording process that they had with their debut. They spent four weeks working Monday to Friday at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios, with The Coral’s James Skelly on production duties.
The result is tighter, brighter and ultra-modern, benefiting from Skelly’s knack for focusing on a killer chorus and smattered with stylistic swerves into new wave, ‘80s textures and all-out feedback. It’s as much The Killers or The Cars as it is Catfish- a real 21stcentury rock record with stadiums in its sights.
“The first album was us four in a room,” Kiaran summarises. “We wanted to make it really raw like the Arctic Monkeys’ first album or Kings Of Leon’s. We wanted to capture the live sound and polish it up a bit. With this one we’ve taken it a step further and made it slightly smoother and put more keyboards in. Rather than having the guitars thrashing all the time we’ve tried being a bit sweeter with it. It sounds more contemporary, I can hear it on Radio 1.”
The ‘Under Your Sky’ tracklisting is:
‘I Want It All’
‘NYC (Sing It Loud)’
‘Time To Go’
‘Give It All Up’
‘Now And Then’
‘Under Your Sky’
4th– Dublin, Academy 2
5th– Belfast, Oh Yeah Centre
21st– Cardiff, Tramshed
22nd– London, O2 Forum Kentish Town
23rd– Nottingham, Rock City
24th– Newcastle, Boiler Shop
25th– Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom
27th– Bristol, SWX
28th– Southampton, Engine Rooms
29th– Brighton, Concorde 2
31st– Liverpool, Eventim Olympia
1st– Leeds, O2 Academy
2nd– Sheffield, O2 Academy
3rd– Birmingham, O2 Institute 2
14th– Antwerp, Kavka
15th– Cologne, Helios 37
16th– Munich, Folks
17th– Zurich, Exil
19th– Vienna, Chelsea
20th– Prague, Café v Lese
21st– Berlin, Cassiopeia
22nd– Hamburg, Molotov
23rd– Amsterdam, BitterZoet
25th– Paris, SuperSonic
The band will also be playing select festival shows this summer, including domestic dates at Hardwick Live and Victorious Festival plus a huge Manchester show at Castlefield Bowl as guests to The Kooks.