Interview – The Sherlocks

Yorkshire indie rock band The Sherlocks have gone from strength to strength over the past few years and have been widely tipped as a band to watch. They’ve recently announced a set of new tour dates for next year and a new album which will be released shortly so I decided to have a chat with the band to find out more.

By Jane Howkins

You’ve recently announced a set of tour dates. Are you excited? Is there anywhere you’re particularly looking forward to playing?

All of them! We’re looking forward to just getting back out there and playing the new tunes. The new album lends itself to the gigs and being played in big rooms so the tour can’t come quick enough. We cannot wait!

What can people expect from one of your gigs, if they haven’t seen you perform live before?

They can expect to see a proper band playing live with no gimmicks. We work hard as a band and we love what we do, so for that hour or however long we’re on stage, we’re just having a blast. People get it, they come to our gigs for a good time and they like to bounce around like nutcases which suits us down to the ground.

The band released a new single recently, titled World I Understand. What can you tell us about the track?

Yeah World I Understand is the title track of our new album and it is really just about a relationship ending and new ones beginning and moving forward. The older we get the more improvements we make to ourselves and we become better versions of ourselves. It’s a top tune to be fair, it’s one of my favourites to play live. It’s got a good vibe!

Do you have any more singles planned for release anytime soon?

Yeah definitely, we’re hoping to get another single out before the album is released and it’s one I think will test our fans rather than playing it safe. The album is a mixed bag and there’s something for everyone on there, so this next single should show you another side of us that perhaps people didn’t think we had.

We hear you also have a new album planned for release soon. What can you tell us about that, and when will it be released?

Yeah it’s gonna be our third studio album. It’s called World I Understand and it’s gonna get released at the end of November. Without sounding cliché, it’s definitely our best album yet. I feel like we’ve really found our selves on this record and I just feel that the songs are really strong!

What is the writing and recording process like for you and how has it changed over the years?

The writing process has always been the same really, I start writing and I get an idea. Not always on a guitar, sometimes it’s just in my head and I start chipping away at them. I can have 15 songs on the go at the same time, and I don’t always get them finished straight away, sometimes not for years later which is a bit of a mad way of doing it but I can’t really write songs very quickly. I bring it to the band, sometimes they’re fully finished and sometimes not, and they put their own take on it and add ideas. Then when you get in the studio, that’s when you realise what works and what doesn’t. The recording process is similar, but obviously changes with each producer. We’ve now done 3 albums with 3 different producers and each one has added something different. I think Dave who did this new album added a lot, and one of his biggest qualities was allowing us to do whatever we wanted and to really make the album we wanted to make. He’s a top guy and hopefully we’ll make another record with him one day.

Has the pandemic hindered you much?

Not really no, because every band is in the same position. For us, we just kept working away and got in the studio. We basically decided to keep as busy as we could doing all the things we were allowed to do, because back then obviously gigs were out of the question. But yeah, I think it’s probably been a bit of a blessing for us and gave us that bit of time to regroup that we needed.

What sort of music influences you most as a band and what have you been listening to recently?

Anything really, it could literally be any band or any song that influences you. I’ve never been massively into lyrics, I’m more about melody. The melody is key for me, so anything I hear with a good melody probably influences me.

You’re originally from Bolton-upon-Dearne in our home county of Yorkshire. What is the music scene like in the area?

Shocking to be honest haha, we’re the only band from the area. Yeah there isn’t really a scene, it’s just not one of them places. You have to jump on a train and go into Sheffield really to see bands.

Any last words for the fans?

Not really, just thank you to everyone supporting us. It really means a lot to us, we work hard and we love what we do so the fact people get behind it and continue to support us means a hell of a lot. The reaction to the new songs has blown us away so I know everyone’s gonna love the new record. It would mean the world to us if everyone pre-ordered the new record and if anyone wanted to know where they could see us next, we’re going on a UK tour in February/March. Thanks a lot.