The Sherlocks release new track ‘Under Your Sky’, taken from forthcoming second album of the same name, which will be released this October 4th on Infectious Music. TheSherlocks premiered their new track ‘Under Your Sky’ last night via Steve Lamacq’s 6 Music radio show.
The Sherlocks recently played energetic secret sets at both Reading and Leeds Festivals on the Festival Republic stage performing songs from both their albums which were excellently received by fans & media alike. They’ve also announced that they’ll be doing some intimate UK in-store acoustic gigs as well as a headline October/November UK tour and will headline Neighbourhood festival in Manchester this month alongside Miles Kane.
‘Under Your Sky’ is the fourth track to be shared from their new album after singles ‘Waiting’, lead single ‘NYC (Sing It Loud)’ which featured actor & friend of the band, Thomas Turgoose in the video (This Is England/Game Of Thrones) and ‘Magic Man’. The Sherlocks have also been performing intimate gigs for fan competition winners throughout the UK.
With their 2017 debut album ‘Live For The Moment’, Sheffield quartet The Sherlocks established themselves as key contenders in a new wave of British bands keeping alt-rock and indie vital for a new generation of fans. The album fired into the charts at #6 as the band inspired devotion wherever they went, from shows with Liam Gallagher, an international array of festival dates to rapturously received shows in Japan.
While ‘Live For The Moment’ remains a scintillating insight into the hedonism and heartbreak of youth, ‘Under Your Sky’ finds frontman Kiaran Crook writing songs that bridge the exuberance of youth with the reflection and maturity of young adulthood.
With the album’s heartbroken, epic finale ‘Under Your Sky’, Kiaran took inspiration for his characters and situations from home.
“It might be the people in my village,” he explains, “or I might just look at someone who lives near me and make a story up or imagine what they’re thinking. The thing that links it all together is where I’m from. Some are personal, where I know the people, and some are observational. There’s always an element of sadness behind it because, with a sad song, there’s always a lot more truth in it. ‘Under Your Sky’ might feel slightly sad but there’s always a bit of hope in it.”
The songs are largely born from experiences, often specific to circumstance but largely universal in emotion. The driving ‘I Want It All’ reminisces over a gloriously stormy festival weekend in Wales, along with other memorable moments Kiaran has spent with a special someone. Then the Springsteen-tinged ‘Time To Go’ celebrates the more casual romantic encounter.
Whether despairing over the ambitions lost to people doing McJobs on ‘Dreams’ or dissecting the various stages of relationships on ‘Waiting’ or in the album’s heartbroken, epic finale and title track, Kiaran also found inspiration from the stories and circumstances of people in his hometown. Naturally, it’s a collection that leans towards the melancholy, but vitally there’s hope for better times ahead too.
This time around, TheSherlocks– completed by Kiaran’s brother Brandon(drums) and the Davidson siblings Josh(guitar) and Andy (bass) – opted for a more structured recording process that they had with their debut. They spent four weeks working Monday to Friday at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios, with The Coral’s James Skelly on production duties. The result is tighter, brighter and ultra-modern, benefiting from Skelly’s knack for focusing on a killer chorus and smattered with stylistic swerves into new wave, ‘80s textures and all-out feedback. It’s as much The Killers or The Cars as it is Catfish- a real 21stcentury rock record with stadiums in its sights.
“The first album was us four in a room,” Kiaran summarises. “We wanted to make it really raw like the Arctic Monkeys’ first album or Kings Of Leon’s. We wanted to capture the live sound and polish it up a bit. With this one, we’ve taken it a step further and made it slightly smoother and put more keyboards in. Rather than having the guitars thrashing all the time we’ve tried being a bit sweeter with it. It sounds more contemporary, I can hear it on Radio 1.”
The ‘Under Your Sky’tracklisting is: ‘I Want It All’ ‘NYC (Sing It Loud)’ ‘Waiting’ ‘Magic Man’ ‘Dreams’ ‘Time To Go’ ‘Give It All Up’ ‘One Day’ ‘Now & Then’ ‘Step Inside’ ‘Under Your Sky’