Last week, I had the privilege of interviewing Kiaran from The Sherlocks about musical influences, playing at festivals and what we can expect from their upcoming Belfast show next month.
First of all, congratulations on the recent record deal with Infectious Music! I also saw on Twitter that you were number one in the vinyl charts!
Thank you very much! We done it with our latest single, ‘Will You Be There’. It’s something we’ve been thinking about doing for a while, so we released 200 vinyls’ and they sold out in an hour, and that got us to number one. We’ve also done another 200 since then, and we sold them in 7 minutes.
That’s brilliant! How does it feel to have that level of success so early on in your career?
It feels good. We just don’t really get caught up in a lot of stuff, we just keep our head down and are constantly looking for the next thing to do. There’s not many times where we sit back and look at what we’ve done, we’re just constantly trying to keep busy and grow in the band.
So, for anyone who is looking to get into your band, what is the meaning behind your name [The Sherlocks]?
It’s usually the drummer who tells this story, but when we first started the band, our bass player Andy used to say really obvious things all the time, and we’d all go like, “Oh, well done Sherlock”. We were struggling for a band name and Brandon just came up and said, “what about The Sherlocks?”, and it just stuck really.
Your band is from Sheffield in England, what’s the music scene in Sheffield like?
It’s really good lately! It seems to have picked up. Music just seems to just go in waves and there wasn’t really a guitar band scene [around 10 years ago]. When we were coming through, we were one of the first guitar bands to start doing anything, and starting to make waves in Sheffield. I’m not saying it’s down to us, but I’d say because we started, we started getting fairly big crowds and a bit of attention, and helped get people back into guitar music. There seems to be quite a few more bands that have started up, and it’s pretty good now.
You can kind of see the emergence of guitar driven bands across the UK.
Yeah, I think it’s just timing. For a while, it’s just gone quiet and we’re just coming up to a wave of people being ready for it again, and people wanting guitar bands back. It’s really exciting!
Were there any bands that you’ve based your music sound around? Do you have any musical influences?
We love bands like The Beatles, and more recently there’s a band from Australia called ‘DMA’s’. We’re really into bands you’d expect us to be into, because it’s like classic Indie stuff. There’s plenty of different stuff we’re all influenced by; huge bands like The Killers, and Kings of Leon. We’re really into ‘The Jam’ and ‘The Clash’ – just any guitar bands, that’s mainly what we’re into and excites us.
I read recently you’ve played huge festivals like Reading and Leeds and South by South West in America, so how does playing festivals compare to your own headline shows?
That’s a good question. They’re completely different I think. Headline shows are good because they’re your gigs, and people have come to see you mainly. It’s all about you, and it’s growing your own band more. I always see festivals as an opportunity to pick up random punters who come across your band. There’s always plenty of people walking by who haven’t got anything to do at the time we’re on, so they stumble across the tent we’re playing in and think, “we’ll pop in here for five minutes”, and before you know it you’ve got new fans. Also, the time you play at a festival tends to be a lot less than a headline gig. You might only be on for half an hour, so you play your strongest stuff. It’s refreshing playing festivals and I really enjoy playing them. It’s just a short, punchy set of your best stuff and its always good vibes.
Are you lined up to play any festivals yet this year?
We’re certainly looking at quite a lot this year, but I don’t think there’s been many confirmed. We’re confirmed for Isle of Wight so far, and we’ve played that before and that was pretty chilled as a festival, it’s different to like Leeds. It’s steady, but good.
Since SXSW is in America, have you found American gigs to be different to homeland gigs in the UK?
We’ve only played the one gig in America at SXSW, but the crowd were more reserved. If we had a good go at America and did our own headline gigs, we’d be able to tell a bit more. One thing is that we spoke to quite a few people after the gig, and people seemed to be really positive and excited, even though they’re more reserved in the gig. They’re really excited about your journey and the fact you’ve come over from England to play, they really get that. To sum it up, they really appreciate you coming over and want to talk to you. It’s something we definitely want to do again in the future very soon; getting back over to America and starting work.
Speaking of headline shows, you’re playing Belfast next month in Voodoo, have you played in Belfast before?
We’ve never played in Ireland, so this is the first time, so we’ll see how they go. It’s strange because we’ve never done it before so we don’t know what to expect so we’re definitely looking forward to it!
Since you’ve just been signed, is there any word of an album coming out or EP’s, or anything you’re working on at the minute?
The album’s not the focus at the minute. I’d say the main focus for us is just smashing this tour. It’s the longest tour we’ve done, and we’re all pretty focused on that. We can’t wait to get back out on the road and play to people. When you get used to going out on the road and playing gigs every night, when you finally get some time off it feels strange; you don’t know what to do with yourself. I think that’s the main focus, but we’re looking to get a new single out very soon, I’m not sure when but it shouldn’t be too long before we get a new tune out for people to learn.
The Sherlocks are a British rock band from Sheffield. They play Voodoo in Belfast on February 14th, keep an eye out for new music being released throughout the year.
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