INTERVIEW: The Sherlocks

The Sherlocks have been making waves through the indie music scene lately, establishing themselves as one of Sheffield’s coolest new bands. The band is made up of brothers Kiaran and Brandon Crook, and Josh and Andy Davidson. We spoke to them after their slot opening the main stage on the Sunday of Kendal Calling about festivals, song writing, and their future.

How is it playing festivals for you as a new band, knowing most of the crowd aren’t going to know all of your tunes?

KC: It’s a different atmosphere to obviously a headline gig where the crowd know your tunes. But it feels like an opportunity to pick up fans. That’s how we see it anyway. Even through your playing to people who haven’t got a clue who you are and don’t know your tunes its a chance to get people into your music

Having played Y Not yesterday how did your set here compare to that?

KC: Even though it was on a larger scale than Y Not I’d say it felt more intimate. Yesterday the crowd were proper up for it.

BC: We were inside a tent at like 6 o’clock so it’s obviously going to be more packed, but it definitely felt more intimate today.

KC: I think just with the time slot we were the first band and I didn’t really expect anyone to there. We were first on the main stage and I was surprised by how many turned up.

Having now played quite a handful of different festivals, and obviously Y Not and Kendal this weekend with Noel Gallagher, do you still get star struck by those kind of huge names or has that worn off?

AD: Haven’t seen Noel yet.

KC: A while back before the band was properly going we would have got star struck by any of the band we were into. We don’t really get star struck do we?

BC: It definitely wears off because you’ll go into the artists village and see them walking about and you realise they’re just normal people. Just a job ain’t it.

AD: It definitely wears off that star struck stuff, for me anyway. Still be nice to meet him, through.

Do you think the fact you’ve got two sets of brothers in the bands and the understanding that brings benefits your live shows?

BC: We’re tight.

JD: In our case it does help. We know each other so well and the other two know each other so well and we all know each so well. Everything’s tight.

Does it help with the song writing too that you know all there is to know about each other?

JD: I think so. We all obviously know each other’s limitations and each other’s weaknesses and what we can do, so we write around that.

How does your song writing process work? Is it all done as a group or does one of you take control?

KC: I tend to write the core of the song, the lyrics and stuff. A while back I used to just write it all and it took me a while. Lately Josh and Andy come up to mine and Brandon’s house more or less all week to be honest. Me and Josh will just be song writing every day, hours on end. Just keep on song writing. We tend to write a lot of music together. Then the days I’m not seeing him I’ll spend a bit of time just finishing them off.

Do you write your music by starting with some lyrics you want to use or get the music down first and write lyrics to fit that?

KC: I do the music then lyrics.

JD: You tend to put that on yourself writing lyrics don’t you?

KC: Yeah. Like we write a tune I might just hear some lyrics that spark an idea. Whether it’s a phrase or one line or a song and I don’t even know what the songs going to sound like at that point. If I get a good idea for a lyric I’ll just write it down in my phone and then once we’ve got a tune going I might look back at it.

So is it quite natural at the moment then or do you have to sit and force the process?

KC: It doesn’t come easy. I can’t just write it in minutes it tends to take me quite a while. Theres a lot of bands who say ‘it doesn’t take us two minutes to write a song’ or ‘it takes us as long as the song to write it’ whereas with us it takes us quite a while.

Being from a city like Sheffield which has a rich music heritage, would you say your influences have come from there or from elsewhere?

BC: Everything. I think everything influences us, loads of different genres and different decades. I wouldn’t say it’s just from within Sheffield.

Are there any artists you’d point to as biggest influences?

BC: ELO. The Jam. The Clash.

KC: Flaming Lips.

BC: We listen to everything. Pretty diverse.

AD: I think theses influence you without you knowing. You don’t sit down and think I’m going to write a song that sounds like this band. You write a song and it ends up sounding like a band you didn’t mean it to. Its influenced you subconsciously.

So what’s next?

KC: Well we’ve done this today and now we’ve got a few of weeks off, after that we’re doing Reading and Leeds. We’ve got a September tour lined up where we’re doing quite a few shows which are almost sold out anyway. After that we’ll go away recording.

Can we expect any new material soon?

KC: We’ll have a new single out in next couple of months.

BC: It’s a banger.

KC: Getting thing in place for that but I’d say in my opinion it’s the best single yet. It’s slightly different sounding to all the rest.

JD: It’s a big sound.

KC: It’s very progressed, massive production. You can tell it sounds a lot bigger than the others.

There is something to look out for over the next couple of months as they look to take another step towards really engraving their name in the music world.

The Sherlocks September UK Tour dates are available HERE


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Sam Wright

Sam Wright

Music Journalist, formally at MOJO Magazine. Black Country born, now mainly covering Birmingham and North-West England
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