Sheffield’s own four piece rock group The Sherlocks were back on American soil Thursday May 10th. The band, made up of two sets of brothers, played New York’s Cities Mercury Lounge in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Audience members made their way through the dark bar to the back of the building which opened up into a performance area that is perfect for Indie headliners & up-and-comers. The venue prides themselves on keeping the intimate music venue crowded since the ’90s. The Sherlocks kept that tradition alive filling out the rather small space with excited fans.
Before The Sherlocks took the stage the audience was entertained by opening act Loose Buttons. Another four piece rock group, Loose Buttons draws influence from fellow native New York bands such as The Strokes and Talking Heads. Preceding the night’s main act, Loose Buttons headlined their own string of shows at classic New York venues. The list includes The Mercury Lounge, The Knitting factory, and Union Pool to name a few. The band blends new wave sounds with garage rock music which can be heard in their songs ‘Two Wolves’ and ‘Tales of What I’m Used To’.
The Sherlocks opened their 11 song setlist with one of their earlier singles ‘Last Night’ followed by ‘Escape’, a more recent album success. From there on it was one song after the next. The front row which was made up of mostly young women and one very dedicated male fan love the fast pace of the performance. From the ladies up in front there were hair flips, and questionable dance moves. From there on The Sherlocks were determined to finish on a high note closing out the show with the up beat ‘Live For The Moment’ and ‘Chasing Shadows’. Even though the show was over the audience demanded an encounter which was sadly denied.
After the show the band members broke down their own equipment stopping every once in a while to mingle with fans. When asking bassist Andy Davidson if there was anything he wanted to let fans know about their performance or what the band has planned next he responded plainly “Album”. He was obviously in a rush to entertain a couple of ladies from the front row, so the attention was turned to drummer Brandon Crook who was a little more vocal about the bands journey. “Coming to the US is like starting over for us again.” He said. Compared to their shows in the UK playing in the US is a much smaller stage for the band. Especially since they just came off tour with Liam Gallagher. Compared to their last performance in New York at Baby’s All Right the band definitely grew in terms of stage performance. All together they seemed more lively, providing eye contact and movement from everyone except Frontman Kiaran Crook. This was the perfect opportunity for audience engagement since the venue was so intimate.
They band seemed to have picked up something from Liam Gallagher, weather it be in confidence or a much improved attitude it is unclear. Let’s not forget the rumors that the band photo shopped their name higher on the Y-Not festival list. More recently there has been some minor conflict between them and Catfish and The Bottlemen over similar merchandise. All in all the lads are down for a laugh, and worth catching during their next gig in New York, or their many appearances during UK festival season.
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That “Album” Andy tried to inform the fans about will be out “soon” but check out their current album ‘Live for the Moment’ is out now via Infectious Records.
The evenings setlist was as follows…
Will You Be There?
Was It Really Worth It?
Heart Of Gold
Live for the Moment