SUCCESS looks a “Sher” thing for the Dearne’s own The Sherlocks after the band of brothers were signed up to play two major festivals.
Dates at the legendary SXSW (official name: South by Southwest Music and Media Conference) festival in Texas on March 16 and at the Y Not Festival closer to home in Derbyshire in July were announced mid-way through The Sherlocks’ UK tour.
The band is made up of two sets of brothers from Bolton on Dearne — frontman Kiaran Crook and drummer Brandon Crook and guitarist and bassist Josh and Andy Davidson.
SXSW Music is the largest music festival of its kind in the world and will see 2,200 established and unsigned acts packing a huge crowd into the venue in Austin.
Previous acts taking to the stage include Damon Albarn, Jake Bugg, Emmylou Harris and Rotherham’s own Alvarez Kings, whose journey on the road to landing a major record deal with Warner Bros included their US debut at the festival in 2010.
This week’s news comes hard on the heels of sharing the bill with The Libertines, who they supported on three dates.
Describing front man Pete Doherty as “pure gentleman”, the band said: “We would like to thank them for showing us the next level.
“The Libertines were one of the bands we grew up listening to, so to be given the opportunity to play some arena shows with them was a truly incredible experience.”
Ex-Wath Comprehensive students Brandon and Kiaran and St Pius old boys Josh and Andy release third single Last Night on March 4, following Live for the Moment and Heart of Gold.
Just before Christmas, Brandon told the Weekender: “Things are certainly going in the right direction. A few labels are showing an interest so were going to keep releasing singles and hoping for the right deal.”
It’s not hard to deduce that The Sherlocks may not be far from cracking the code for stardom.