South Yorkshire favourites The Sherlocks performed an outstanding gig at the legendary 100 Club on London’s busy Oxford Street.
Playing to about 200 people, the Bolton upon Dearne band of brothers lit another torch in the capital for greater Sheffield.
The crowd seemed slightly reserved on arrival, but that rapidly changed as the lads launched into their increasingly well-known set of 14 rapid fire songs.
By the end, the fans were chanting The Sherlocks name back to them.
They also provided a strong rivalry to frontman Kiaran Crook’s vocals, even on unreleased songs. The Londoners had done their homework.
The band’s first song was You’ve Made a Mistake, but nothing could be further from the truth for those attending.
In fact, time will show that they had made a very wise decision to come along.
Singles Escapade and Live for the Moment were big hits on the night while the tremendous Chasing Shadows, with its urgent guitar riffs and drums and powerful vocals ended the show in style.
The Sherlocks have been playing landmark music spots all over the country, but the 100 Club is still extra special with its great legacy of 1940’s jazz and swing to hosting bands like The Who and The Jam.
It’s almost astonishing how well The Sherlocks have done as an unsigned band.
It is not that long ago that they had their first gig at the Sandhill Tavern in Great Houghton for £60 and all the drinks they wanted. Now, with their own management team, they travel all around the country
and play to the sort of crowds that other bands could not dream of.
Before the gig lead singer-songwriter and guitarist Kiaran, his brother and drummer Brandon, guitarist Josh Davidson and his brother and bassist Andy spoke exclusively to The Star.
Kiaran said: “We’re playing Reading and Leeds festival for the first time which is brilliant.
We’re playing Reading and Leeds festival for the first time which is brilliantKiaran Crook, The Sherlocks frontman
“We’ve never even been there before, so it going to be good. We’ll definitely try to stick around for acts like The Libertines.”
Speculation is mounting over the group’s next single in August, but which song it will be is a closely guarded secret.
They did confirm it was in the set played at the 100 Club, but as each song is good enough for release that didn’t narrow it down much.
The lads also told they were very excited about their new producer Gavin Monaghan who has worked with bands like Editors and Ocean Colour Scene.
“He is a genius” said Brandon, “he has so many ideas and he’s someone who always gets results.”
Although they are still on what they describe as “the tour that never ends”, The Sherlocks are looking forward to playing a homecoming gig at iconic Sheffield venue The Leadmill on Saturday, June 20.
Josh said: “That will be our biggest indoor gig to date.
“We are really hoping for a sell-out to see everyone down there.”
Even at this early stage, The Sherlocks inspire a devotion that is difficult to describe. They already have fans that could last a lifetime.
It certainly isn’t the first, but it looks like another South Yorkshire music invasion of the Capital has begun.
The Sherlocks play The Leadmill, Sheffield city centre on Saturday, June 20. For tickets, priced £8, visit The Leadmill.