Live Review 14/02/17: The Sherlocks at The Boileroom, Guildford

Sheffield indie rockers fulfil hype and expectation in Guildford with stunning show and stellar support cast.

A sold out crowd gathered at The Boileroom in Guildford, Surrey last night (March 14th) to witness one of the UK’s most promising upcoming bands, The Sherlocks, in action. The band, consisting of two sets of brothers – Kiaran Crook (lead vocals), Brandon Crook (drums), Josh Davidson (lead guitar) and Andy Davidson (bass guitar), have been slowly making their way into the spotlight over the last few years with their rousing indie rock sound which has similarities to that of The Courteeners and The Pigeon Detectives.

A surprisingly large crowd were already in place when the first support band, Dead Natives, took to the stage and within minutes it was clear to see why. Their combination of swaggering indie rock is so comparative to that of early Arctic Monkeys whilst lead single Something Strange stood out as a particular highlight in their set, as a thundering Kasabian styled rock single. With more confidence and attitude, the band has a real chance to break through into the spotlight.

Joy Room were next to take to the stage, with their punk rock sound making them a band with increasing hype around the country. Lead single Late At Night was one of many highlights, with its shouted chorus and half rapped lyrics. The band showed that they are something unique throughout the set, mixing elements from across genres and decades but more importantly, they remain fun and a joy to listen to throughout.

After these two support acts, it seemed almost a mystery as to how The Sherlocks were possibly going to top what had just been seen but if anything, it just increased the crowd’s anticipation. Carnival styled lights and music teased the crowd in before the band stepped onto the stage and within seconds of launching into Last Night, the mosh pits had started. Brandon Crook’s thundering drums carried the band and the crowd before Kiaran, Josh and Andy combined with vocals in the chorus. It’s just the first time that we are treated to Kiaran’s distinctive sound, so similar to that of The Courteeners’ Liam Fray. Escapade launched the crowd into a further frenzy, with its thumping bass line and off beat chorus proving irresistible to jump to. It’s a reminder that indie rock is not dead and the influence of Arctic Monkeys and The Pigeon Detectives can be seen throughout their set.

The Sherlocks Review

Will You Be There? showed the crowd that the band are capable of a change in direction, allowing themselves to turn up the power and volume in the thunderous track which has one of the bands most recognisable riffs. Throughout the set, the quality of the band’s staging and lighting was apparent at all times, especially within calmer track Candle Light which saw kaleidoscopic light spin around the venue. The venue itself is quite possibly every reason why independent music venues are great. Its basement styled space allows for crowds to be closer to the music, making the event more intimate and memorable and when The Sherlocks got into full flow, the whole venue erupted into a hive of energy, heat and sweat. This was highlighted the most when the Sheffield four piece launched into crowd favourite Live For The Moment, which saw the crowd jumping, dancing, moshing and shouting all lyrics back to the band. Whether it was the energy of the crowd or just the fact it’s the band’s most popular song so far, The Sherlocks looked like a band ready for anything and Kiaran, Josh and Andy’s performance at the front of the stage just spurred the crowd on even more.

It was a surprise not to see Live For The Moment close the show but when the band started closer Chasing Shadows, it was clear to see why. Its infectious, classic rock and roll vibe brought the set to a brilliantly sweaty ending. It was a reminder that music can just be there to enjoy and the success of this gig shows that the band are heading for big things.


The Sherlocks finish their UK Tour tonight in Tunbridge Wells before playing three dates in April in Glasow, Wrexham and Leeds ahead of their summer festival circuit.

The Boileroom has played host to a huge number of artists from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Foals, Kate Nash, You Me At Six, First Aid Kit, Blossoms, Darlia, Sundara Karma, Spring King, INHEAVEN and Declan McKenna. The Music Radar UK believes that it’s one of the most important venues in the South East England and London area and is hugely important for emerging alternative and indie artists. Rising stars The Amazons return to the venue to play a sold out show tomorrow but there are a constant stream of brilliant gigs announced by the venue. For more information on gigs at The Boileroom, click on the following link:

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