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It may be steel city no more but Sheffield is still producing the goods with The Sherlocks, a four-piece made up of two sets of brothers, attracting plenty of attention and making all the right noises.
With six singles released and a relentless touring schedule, the band have been championed by Radio 6’s Steve Lamacq, and were invited by BBC Introducing to play at last year’s SXSW festival, as well as becoming darlings of the music press.
Comparisons to fellow Sheffielders, Arctic Monkeys, are almost inevitable but the band play second fiddle to no one, and are more than capable of crafting their own wall of sound.
Currently on an impressive 38-gig UK headline tour, the rising stars arrived to play to a sold out Electric Circus on Sunday night (5 Feb), and with a 14+ age limit, it was a young, lively audience who squeezed in to await the band.
First up were Edinburgh four-piece The Motion Poets, who came on to a good-sized early crowd.
Formed only last year, they played a short, tight set; indie guitars tinged with some 70s rock riffs. The funky ska beat of One Too Many and closing number The Picture Books showed these boys have plenty of promise. Their debut single is due out soon, and is well worth keeping an eye out for.
The crowd was nearing capacity when Alloa five-piece Vida took the stage.
With two releases under their belt and a solid reputation on the gig circuit, the band arrived with a posse of dedicated fans.
The Britpop influence was evident from opening guitar of Masquerade, which received a huge roar of approval from the packed crowd. The jumping continued for the mellow When I Call and melodic Fade Away.
With a final nod to the 90s, the band closed a rousing set with a cover of the Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony.
By now, the Circus was jammed-packed, and the crowd energised by two top-notch support acts.
As The Sherlocks took to the stage, the venue erupted – a sea of hands then raised in salute as the band roared into Last Night. Escapade followed and 250 punters recreated the ‘Barrowlands bounce’ as the floor turned into a springboard.
Infectious riffs and hooks filled the air as Heart Of Gold and new single Was It Really Worth It? hit an audience who couldn’t stand still.
There was even a new song thrown in, Motions, which received the same wild reception as the treasured favourites. The angst and energy of this band was a joy to behold and the audience lapped it up.
Enjoy the songs on Spotify and Soundcloud, but go and see this band to witness the true might of The Sherlocks – they are a ferocious live act and have the potential to 2017 by storm.
Words: Alan Hotchkiss