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The incredible homegrown Sheaf’s, Sheffield’s latest prodigies of the indie music scene played to their crowd at the Harley Sheffield, last week. It promised to be a night of epic proportions and, as they would be playing to a sold out crowd, we all knew this would be something special.

We caught up with Lawrence to talk touring, recording and next steps at such an exciting point on their timeline when we know it won’t be long before the boys are catapulted in to the sparkling stratosphere …

So this is your first headline tour- how are you finding it?

The reception has been mad. Deep down, we forecast a degree of chaos but nothing has prepared us for the response we’ve had so far. Huge shout out to everyone who has come down to support us.

How were the support bands chosen and how is that selection working out?

It was a 50/50 selection between promoters and ourselves. We’ve had the fortune of playing alongside some top drawer bands, both musically and as people so far. Shout out to Jordan Allen, Rainbow Maniac, SONS, Shader, The Rills, DENIO, Sauce, Psyence, Thieves Asylum, Life In The Arcade, PAPER BUOYS, and The Kicklips.

How did playing in your hometown compare with the other locations you’ve played so far?

Sheffield is always a special one for us. Every time we play the crowd step up to it. This date was no exception. Someone described it to me after as ‘beautiful chaos’ which I thought was well stated.

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‘This is not a protest’ is now synonymous with Sheafs – would you say your music is more, or less, political these days?

We tend to be labelled as political quite often, but in honesty the lyrics are never written with that narrative. But that’s music; you take what you get from it. That song is written more at the frustration of lack of rock and roll icons in current music. Something we’d love to change, and which is relevant at the moment.

You are an incredibly hardworking band – what does a regular week in the life of the Sheafs look like?

We live and breathe music. Everything revolves around the band and that is how it has always been since we started. Sure, everyone’s got their jobs on the side or university in Cal’s case, but the money we make either goes on rent or another cost for the band. We wouldn’t change it for the world.

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What are your main themes when writing?

We write music with the aim to make people feel something, so it is difficult to label it to a single theme. A lot of the time it revolves around being young and care free.

What would you say your main purpose is as a band? Is it to entertain, educate or represent a place,  group of people or your genre?

I think there has to be an aspect of each of that list. To give you specifics is difficult, but representing our genre is important to us.

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Who are your favourite bands at the moment? Who are you listening to when you’re not writing, rehearsing or playing your own material?

We listen to a fair range of music. We try to keep a close ear on new, unsigned music. Bands like Rainbow Maniac for instance who, to us, are one of the most under-rated bands in the country at the minute, to the likes of our heroes in Oasis or Cage The Elephant.

Which places are you looking forward to playing, venue-wise, this tour?

We’ve only played in Scotland once before so probably there. This time round we play three dates in Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow with This Feeling and Metropolis Music. We’ve had a taste of how mad the crowds can be and also the shared love of Buckfast. It’s only going to mean one thing …

I’m slightly jealous. So, what’s next for you?

We aim to get pen to paper and write a few more songs in time for the long awaited festival season. Keep an eye out!

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KATE O’BRIEN

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