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.”
A series of self-released singles and EPs, beginning in 2012 and really kicking into gear with their Arctics-style signature anthem ‘Live For The Moment’ in 2014, took in the infectious rock rushes of ‘Escapade’, ‘Heart Of Gold’ and ‘Will You Be There?’ and spread the word like wildfire. Over two years of hard touring, The Sherlocks rose to two-thousand capacity venues across the north of England and caught the ear of Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio X and Soccer AM. Signing to Infectious in October 2016, their march for glory continued with the ironic Valentine’s Day release of the video for bitter break-up track ‘Was It Really Worth It?’, a re-release of ‘Will You Be There?’ and the freewheeling ‘Chasing Shadows’, but months before their debut album emerged they were already crowned as local heroes at the Sheffield Arena in June 2017.