On February 1st, the O2 Academy is set to host the largest commune of indie rock fans and bewildered Arthur Conan Doyle enthusiasts in modern history. Spritely Yorkshire guitar act The Sherlocks are paying a visit for the first date of their tour to support debut album, ‘Live for the Moment’.
By the time they hit the midlands, they should be fairly polished, considering the regularity of dates. They have certainly been putting a shift in, so to speak. Their live act has taken them all over the globe this year and they’ve used it as an opportunity to channel their inner tourists and absorb some of the world, or at least America’s most famous sights.
“We have experienced parts of everywhere on tour, Niagara Falls was pretty special. But I’d say our day in NYC was the best it’s simply mind blowing the scale of everything,” they recalled.
Whilst the audience reaction has been wholly positive and raucous at times, their most memorable tour story centres around their particular brand of cheeky-chappiness getting lost in translation in mainland Europe.
“We went on a night out in Germany and met a lot of great people, but the funniest was a guy who we thought was German for at least two hours. Eventually someone told us he was Russian, so we started to Google translate back and forth with him. A few things got lost in translation and he started to get rowdy with our sound engineer so we called it a night.”
The band aren’t really certain if their Yorkshire upbringing has necessarily had a huge impact on their music. The Sherlocks was formed following the meeting of two pairs of brothers, Kiaran & Brandon and Josh & Andy, originally from a village between Rotherham, Doncaster & Barnsley.
They feel as though some of their local peers have gone unrecognised and that the area has produced some interesting music, but their main influences have always come from widely-known acts from elsewhere, some of which they have now had the chance to join on the road. They have already played arenas alongside The Libertines and have recently landed a Liam Gallagher tour slot during their young careers.
“We started out by covering artists such as The Jam, The Clash and The Beatles, we did this for a couple of years so no doubt they influenced our style of play and song writing techniques. I don’t think this was a conscious thing but just happened naturally.
“Of course, Oasis and The Libertines were at their peak when we were first picking up our instruments so they’re our heroes because of that. Of course they’re continuing to make great music so they’re reaching legendary status.”
The mega-shows won’t get in the way of the smaller shows however. The band are looking forward to feeding from the Academy’s more intimate feel when February rolls around.
“We have played in Leicester before. We always get an unbelievable crowd and we’re absolutely buzzing to kick our tour off there! Our shows are very energetic, we have a reputation for our mad crowds so they can expect madness and a pumping rock show from us!”
The Sherlocks Play O2 Academy Leicester on Thursday 1st February. Tickets are available here.