Last night in Sheffield, scotts Menswear started their run of invite-only ‘Xmas Live’ gigs with ‘The Sherlocks‘ playing a very intimate hometown gig at Madia Vale in Sheffield.
4-Piece indie rock and rollers The Rosadocs supported and opened up the night with a big guitar sound on their opening track ‘’House of Commoners’’ which was released last year. Wailing lead guitars throughout the set, echoing off the pillars in front of the stage. The crowd were kept alive throughout the set with heavy bass and drum breakdowns, clapping along and groups of young lads jumping in the middle. Their set ended on their newest release ‘’Concrete’’, leaving the crowd wanting more, something I’m sure they will deliver at The Leadmill on the 15th of February 2020. There seems to be a lot more to come from the Sheffield quartet, especially playing venues the size of The Leadmill.
The Sherlocks were highly anticipated by the time they took to the stage, with frontman Kiaran Crook already sweating at the brow as he took to the stage in a winter parka coat. The rest of the lads all looked smart in new gear supplied by Scotts. As the set got underway, Kiaran laughed, pointing out this was the reason he was wearing a heavy winter coat, indoors under the roasting stage lights.
It took no time at all for the crowd to get going, dancing around in their Sherlocks bucket hats, pints spilling on the floor, showing that the band are very well-loved in the city they reign from. The venue seemed way too small for a band on this scale, but to some degree it was good to see the band on a smaller stage, creating that level of intimacy and almost a sense of nostalgia of gigs way before their music was widely circulated.
Their set included a good range of tunes, playing a decent selection of stuff they released back when they exploded onto the indie scene around 5 years ago. It included songs from their debut album ‘’Live for the Moment’’ such as the title track and new tunes from their brand new album ‘’Under Your Sky’’ which came out this year.
The set was everything you would expect from a highly, successful Sheffield indie band. The atmosphere was reminiscent of the early noughties, with a sea of parka coats, adidas trainers, messy hair do’s, lager flying about and 4 young lads on the stage giving it all their energy. Despite facing some sour reviews, the tunes from the new album seemed to go down really well with the crowd, creating plenty of movement, although it was a familiar crowd with a guest list access, only time will tell whether their tunes will be a success on their next tour.
Sadly, their headline 2020 UK and EU tour has been postponed due to band health, however, I imagine it will make their fans even more eager to go to their live shows.
Avid gig-goer and music lover I’m a Journalism student in my third year at Sheffield Hallam.
PHOTOGRAPHY: MAL WHICHELOW
Sherlocks’ rescheduled tour dates:
21 – SHEFFIELD O2 Academy Sheffield
23 – BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute2
25 – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
26 – LIVERPOOL Invisible Wind Factory
27 – LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds
28 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Boiler Shop
29 –GLASGOW SWG3 Galvanizers
2 – LONDON Electric Ballroom
3 – BRISTOL SWX
5 – BRIGHTON Concorde 2
6 – SOUTHAMPTON Engine Rooms
7 – CARDIFF Tramshed
You can keep updated with The Sherlocks here: https://www.thesherlocksmusic.co.uk/
The run of scotts Menswear ‘Xmas Live’ gigs continues in Liverpool on the 30th of October with Miles Kane playing an intimate gig at Zanzibar. For more info visit scotts Menswear socials Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.