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Some world tours feel like a victory lap. On August 25, 2017, The Sherlocks stepped onto the NME/Radio 1 Stage at the Leeds leg of the Reading & Leeds festival and announced to a rammed tent that their debut album ‘Live For The Moment’ had, that very day, entered the UK albums chart at Number Six.
“That was crazy,” says singer Kiaran Crook. “It was our guitarist’s birthday as well. We can say we’ve got a Top Ten album under our belt. For a guitar band, and a new guitar band, to get a Top Ten is quite a big deal. But we kept our head screwed on and played a good show. Your first album’s always your benchmark, something for people to finally get hold of and from our end the reaction was amazing, it blew us away. We’d have been over the moon if we’d even scraped a Top Ten, we couldn’t believe it to be honest.” From there, The Sherlocks tore around the globe with their arms aloft. In Japan they were met with “the most passionate fans I’ve seen and it’s not alcohol fueled either.” They blitzed Europe on their own headline jaunt and supporting Liam Gallagher - “we had a drink with him on the final night in Amsterdam,” Kiaran recalls, “he wished us all the best and told us to enjoy it.” Throughout the summer of 2018 they stole every festival they set eyes on, from Neighbourhood in Warrington, to Tramlines, TRNSMT, Truck, Y Not, Kendall Calling, Japan’s Summersonic and Liam Gallagher’s Finsbury Park extravaganza. “Last year we smashed it with festivals,” Kiaran enthuses. “Every festival we did we were on the main stage either second or third from top. It didn’t feel unusual, it felt comfortable.” They’d certainly come a long way from family gigs in Bolton upon Dearne. The band had first come together in 2010 when, during one of the regular private Christmas ‘gigs’ they’d play as a duo at their grandparents’ house, Kiaran and his drumming brother Brandon heard the next door neighbour Josh Davidson playing guitar through the wall. Bonding over a shared love of Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, The Stone Roses and Flaming Lips, they roped in Josh’s brother Andy on bass and became The Sherlocks, ascending swiftly from stints in working men’s clubs to rammed, buzzing and riotous gigs on the nearby Sheffield scene, embraced as the city’s next big guitar stars and the band set to launch the next generation of Sheffield alt-rock.
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