REVIEW: The Sherlocks at 1865 Southampton

THEY’RE a band of brothers forged together in Yorkshire, but rising stars The Sherlocks have always hit home in the south and this huge show at The 1865 was their boldest yet.

Their roots-up indie insurrection may be strongest in the north, but hard work and banging tunes mean Kiaran and Brandon Crook and Josh and Andy Davison have also been Southampton favourites since they first crept on stage at The Joiners two years ago.

Now touring their top six debut album Live for The Moment, the popularity of the band’s guitar-fuelled music even surprised the Southampton venue.

After selling out the 600 plus floor capacity, The 1865 had to open the upper balcony for a surge of last minute tickets sold on the door.

And after the show swarms of buoyant fans were still singing the chorus to Chasing Shadows outside on the streets with the lads giving them a thumbs up from an upstairs window.

On stage title track Live For The Moment, with its urgent guitars and ominous lyrics, resonated fiercely with the watching Sherlocks’ Army while singles Escapade, Heart of Gold and opener Last Night had everyone bouncing.

New number Nobody Knows and the bracing Davidson brothers’ harmonies on Candlelight and Motions highlight this band’s depth and may be pointing to where their sound is heading next.

Stunning ballad Turn The Clock is performed part acoustic and part electric. It’s a contrast to the rest of the evening’s madness, stunningly lit up by lighting boss Craig Greenhalgh, but even a Sherlocks’ audience welcomes a breather now and then.

Local support acts Costellos and Eyes To The Sky drew big early crowds on a memorable night for The Sherlocks.

“To come hundreds of miles and see crazy scenes like this was unreal” said Kiaran. “On paper it should have been one of the quietest nights on the tour, but you lot in Southampton turned that on its head. You never let us down.”

They’re from South Yorkshire, but this tight-knit band is fast becoming one of our own.

By Richard Derbyshire