Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Great thanks! We’ve actually been really busy this last year contrary to what’s been going on with the rest of the world. We recorded a brand new album last year around July time which is absolutely class! And since then we haven’t really stopped with writing stuff, making videos and plenty more!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “End of the Earth”?
Yeah ‘End of the Earth’ has a proper punk rock sort of vibe to it, it’s like The Strokes crossed with Iggy Pop crossed with Queens of the Stone Age. It’s a no nonsense tune, and that’s exactly what we were aiming for at the time of recording it. It was basically a tune for the fans as we didn’t want to release anything off the third album until we knew we could go out and tour it. That’s basically how ‘End of the Earth’ found its way here!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It’s hard to pinpoint an event in particular but I would definitely say lockdown had a big impact on this tune, even the title felt like the right title to call it with everything that’s going on. The song is loosely based on how strange things were getting, even down to something as simple as going to the supermarket and seeing people in face masks. One lyric that always springs to mind is the ‘I’ll keep it cloak and dagger just for you’ line. That really makes me think of going to the supermarket and it feeling like a mission to get in and out as quickly as possible.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Yeah the video is already out! We dropped it a couple of weeks after its release. The video is actually recorded in our current practice room which probably not a lot of people know. The idea behind the video was to shoot an old school sort of video that bands like Foo Fighters and Blink 182 used to do where it was clearly in a practice room. No big set up or B role, just us in our practice room and that’s it. And I think it suits the attitude of the track!
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process was really a mixture of different time periods to be honest. I always write all the tunes, but the time I start them to when I eventually finish them can vary up as long as a couple of years even more. With this song, I looked back through my voice memos and I’d actually wrote the chorus in January 2020 (pre pandemic)… must have wrote some lyrics to a verse in lockdown and ‘Theresa’ was wrote in the studio. We recorded the track in a studio in Essex a few days before Christmas and we really had a top laugh down there. We were in for two days and one night… but that turned into two nights when we realised they’d got a hot tub. We all just got tonnes of beer in and just stayed up drinking all night in there! It was class!
What role does the UK play in your music?
Well it’s hard to tell, but I would personally say it plays a huge role. After all, that is where we’re all from… and I can’t write about anything other than I know. The UK is a good place to write songs about because it’s not all perfect. Besides all that, the UK fans are like no other, we love music over here! The bands we’ve got in our heritage and keep on churning out is unbelievable!
With two new members on board – how would you say this has influenced the band’s sound moving forward?
I think it’s influenced it a lot. Trent and Alex bring a lot to the table in terms of different ideas that we perhaps didn’t have before. I always wrote the tunes, but it’s a great plus for the band to have different opinions on how they think a song should sound and they definitely add that. You’ve heard ‘End of the Earth’ which is quite punky, the wait till you hear the third record. That is a different level to anything we’ve done before… it’s a really really strong album!
With the major reception your previous music got – did you feel any pressure while putting this new single together or rather the opposite?
Yeah I’d say the opposite to be honest. When I think back to recording the third album and ‘End of the Earth’… we didn’t feel under pressure at all. We were just that focused on making the songs sound as good as they possibly could that you kinda forget about expectations or what people think. You just do what you think is the right thing. I think that’s when you create your best stuff as a band.
Does the new single mean we can expect more new material – how’s that coming along?
Yeah 100%! Our third album is boxed off and ready to rock n roll as soon as. We recorded it in July last year and since then we’ve just been sat waiting to get started on it… even though it’s been months since recording it and I’ve had the chance to listen to it so much and possibly even scrutinise it, I still feel just as strong about it. I honestly feel we’ve nailed it. Hopefully we can get it out around September time.Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Yes we’ve got the title but I can’t tell you… it’s a secret. Hopefully September time!
What else is happening next in The Sherlocks’ world?
We’re going to be playing with ‘James’, we’re also supporting ‘Keane’… we’ve got loads of great festivals to play which we’re buzzing about! Tramlines being one of them which is almost like a hometown show for us. We’ve got a Manchester date on the 2nd October at Albert Hall which is a sold out show! Then after that we really want to get our new album out and go out and tour it around the UK, then go around Europe with it. Hopefully even get to America / Japan, possibly even Australia! As well as all that, get back in the studio and make our fourth record which is going extremely well!