"The north of England has a tendency to produce some of the most killer indie rock bands with the likes of The Courteeners, Blossoms and The Sherlocks. After the success of their debut album, Live for the Moment, which landed at no.6 in the charts, The Sherlocks have now produced a second album which takes a completely different direction to their previous release. Under Your Sky demonstrates their maturity and growth allowing them to set their place within the indie scene." - The Edge (4/5 stars)
The band had first come together in 2010 when, during one of the regular private Christmas ‘gigs’ they’d play as a duo at their grandparents’ house, Kiaran and his drumming brother Brandon heard the next door neighbour Josh Davidson playing guitar through the wall. Bonding over a shared love of Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, The Stone Roses and Flaming Lips, they roped in Josh’s brother Andy on bass and became The Sherlocks, ascending swiftly from stints in working men’s clubs to rammed, buzzing and riotous gigs on the nearby Sheffield scene, embraced as the city’s next big guitar stars and the band set to launch the next generation of Sheffield alt-rock.
The Sherlocks begged to be allowed back into the studio. In stark contrast to the sessions for their debut album, recorded in late-night sessions at the cut-off, rural Rockfields in Wales, this time they opted to record at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios with The Coral’s James Skelly at the desk for the four weeks running up to Christmas, knocking off at six o’clock Monday to Friday to head into town for snooker, beer and a debrief on the day’s work. The result was a tighter, brighter, ultra-modern alt-rock record, benefiting from Skelly’s knack for focusing a killer chorus, less indebted to indie rockers of old and smattered with stylistic swerves into new wave, ‘80s textures and all-out feedback freakouts. It’s as Killers, Cars, High Flying Birds and Two Door Cinema Club as it is Catfish. A real 21st Century guitar rock record. (continue reading full bio in downloads folder)
RIYL: Circa Waves, The Amazons, Blossoms, Love Fame Tragedy, The Hunna, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Arctic Monkeys
TRY: #2, 3, 6, 10, 4
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