Comprising two pairs of brothers (vocalist/guitarist Kiaran Crook and drummer Brandon Crook; bassist Andy Davidson and guitarist Josh Davidson), the Sherlocks are an indie rock quartet formed in the summer of 2010 in the small village of Bolton upon Dearne in Sheffield, U.K.
The four friends initially began jamming covers in each other's garages before moving on to perform gigs in the local working-men's clubs. The boys began penning their own songs, working them gradually into their sets, which eventually became live favorites. With newfound confidence, they decided to tackle bigger venues in Sheffield, one at a time. It didn't take long for the goal to be realized, and the band went on to be the first unsigned act since fellow Sheffield rockers Arctic Monkeys
to sell out the city's iconic Leadmill venue. The 2010s saw continuous resounding success for the Sherlocks, as they released their first single, "Live for the Moment," in 2014, followed by second and third singles "Escapade" and "Heart of Gold" in 2015. In particular, "Heart of Gold" received frequent airplay from BBC Radio 1 and Radio 6. Alongside dominating the airwaves, they also made their stamp on the stage with performances at the 2015 and 2016 Reading and Leeds Festivals, followed by support slots for the Courteeners
and the Libertines
. They also began to build stateside attention with an appearance at the 2016 SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. The fall of 2016 saw the Sherlocks release their fifth single, "Will You Be There?," followed by their signing to Infectious Records
that Christmas. They started 2017 with a bang when the limited-edition 7" version of "Will You Be There?" entered the official U.K. vinyl singles chart at number one. This was followed by the band's first headlining tour of the U.K., along with the announcement that their debut full-length would arrive later that year. ~ Rob Wacey, Rovi