The Sherlocks Live For The Moment before Wilkestock Festival appearance

The Sherlocks backstage at Reading 2016

The Sherlocks backstage at Reading 2016

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The Sherlocks, who will play the Wilkestock Charity Music Festival in Hertfordshire next month, have released their long-awaited debut album.

Yorkshire’s rising indie stars The Sherlocks, who are the main support for opening night Wilkestock headliners Carl Barât and The Jackals on Friday, September 1, released Live For The Moment today (Friday, August 18).

The Herts festival appearance continues a packed summer for frontman Kiaran Crook, his brother and drummer Brandon, lead guitarist Josh Davidson and his brother and bassist Andy.

They’ve already played to thousands at Isle of Wight Festival, supported Kings of Leon in Sheffield and topped the bill on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury.

In September, they have their biggest venue tour so far, including a date at Heaven in London on September 22.

Their last two appearances in Hertfordshire were at Club 85 in Hitchin in April and at The Horn in St Albans in February.

Now the hard-working Bolton upon Dearne band of brothers hope their first compilation will ignite a new indie music insurgency and receive the same raucous reception they see at their gigs up and down the country.

“This is an ambitious first album. Every tune is different, but together it works,” said songwriter Kiaran, 21.

“There’s the urgency of opening track Will You Be There? and our singles Escapade and Last Night, but there’s also songs packed with harmonies and different arrangements like Was It Really Worth It?, Blue and Candlelight, which, along with our ballad Turn The Clock, has a string section.

“My heroes are songwriters like Carl Barât and Paul Weller whose sound keeps evolving to stay current.

“We’re always experimenting with new guitar riffs and drum beats too, and our music changes from playing on tour as well as in the studio.

“None of us are afraid to try new things.

“At Rockfield, with our producer Gavin Monaghan, we flipped an old song Motions on its head. What was a frantic three minute burst now has a deeper country, rockabilly vibe and it’s quickly become one of our favourite album tracks.”

The Sherlocks’ rise may seem swift to newcomers to the band, but it’s been a long journey as Brandon explained.

“As an unsigned band we climbed every step of the ladder from our garage and local pub to all the small touring venues across Britain, playing most of them several times. Some bands get an industry push off the back of one single, but we’ve been grafting at this for years.

“Now, after seven years, we’re releasing our debut album and getting on some huge shows like Wilkestock, but we’ve done a long apprenticeship to get here.”

Wilkestock Festival is at Frogmore Hill from September 1 to September 3.

The Sherlocks’ debut album Live For The Moment is out now. For more, visit www.thesherlocksmusic.co.uk.

Live For The Moment – the debut album by The Sherlocks

Track listing

1. Will You Be there?

2. Live For The Moment

3. Escapade

4. Chasing Shadows

5. Blue

6. Nobody Knows

7. Was It Really Worth It?

8. Turn the Clock

9. Last Night

10. Heart of Gold

11. Motions

12. Candlelight

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