Live Review: The Sherlocks with Pinkwench at DC9, Washington, DC – 9th November 2017

By on Monday, 13th November 2017 at 2:00 pm

“Last night…can you remember?”

Actually, I can. With a smile on my face.

Sometime between my last visit to DC9 seeing Aussies Gang of Youths last year, and with little to no fanfare, the venue level of the Washington club on 9th Street Northwest has undergone a transformation. DC9 is the 200 capacity, lovably unpretentious, slightly scruffy club within view of its polar opposite, the behemoth 9:30 Club. As a journo, there is great comfort knowing I can stumble into DC9 without queueing during the opening act, get a drink without waiting and not worry about getting jostled or ‘tude from fairweather music fans who are absentmindedly paying attention to the action onstage. Now with booths removed and 21st century stage lighting and branding on the back walls installed – taking a page from sister NE club The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel, no doubt – DC9 has been updated and refreshed, and it can only be to their guests’ benefit.

Chasing who will be ‘the next great British guitar band’ has become a bit of a joke among music journalists. Britain churns out so many hopefuls, and only the very few will have any lasting power. As such, we have to guess and look into our crystal balls to guess who will still be here, putting out great music, 5 years from now. I had initial reservations, but a famous friend encouraged me to give this new group from Sheffield a chance. Having most recently come off a UK tour in September with sold out shows, The Sherlocks have admirably put in the work touring the UK the last few years, and they have a few feathers in their cap already. The hard work paid off, getting them a shout for SXSW 2016, appearing on the BBC Introducing evening showcase that was filmed by the Beeb. According to their Twitter, their top 10 debut album ‘Live for the Moment’, released at the end of August on Infectious Records / BMG, is the best-selling debut album of any UK artist this year so far.

Like so many acts from across the pond before them, America is still unproven ground for the Sherlocks. Things are already looking good from the outset, though: having been interviewed by Billboard and filming a live session for Paste, they’re already ticking boxes most up-and-coming bands in blighty can only fantasise of. Luckily for us here in Washington, they chose to end a short East Coast tour at DC9 Thursday night. Having followed in the footsteps of The 1975, Royal Blood and Catfish and the Bottlemen, one can’t help but think this is merely the start for the Yorkshire band over here. Opening the night were relative locals Pinkwench from Baltimore. Offering up a washy guitar experience recalling shoegaze and mixing in the melancholy of grunge, I was impressed with their wall of sound.

Pinkwench Washington

Generally, starting a set earlier than an appointed start time isn’t a good idea. You want everyone who’s paid to get in to have already arrived, especially if you’re a young band with a limited back catalogue. However, The Sherlocks threw this wisdom out the window, clearly itching and eager to get on with their show to reward those who had assembled early at DC9 for them. Straight out of the gate, they launched into the anthemic ‘Last Night’, a cautionary tale from one bro to another. With its high octane guitars and punishing drum line, ‘Will You Be There?’ was another early highlight.

The Sherlocks Washington 1

The Sherlocks’ brand of muscular lad rock didn’t let up for most of their set, which was perfectly fine by the DC9 crowd. Midway through the show, for debut album closer ‘Candlelight’ and ‘Turn the Clock’, frontman Kiaran Crook swapped his electric guitar for an acoustic for the slower tempoed numbers. The introspective moments didn’t last long, which was probably a good thing. ‘Heart of Gold’ and its sweeping “oh oh ohhhs” was a set standout, as was booming title track ‘Live for the Moment. They reminded everyone what the Sherlocks are here for: catchy, loud, quickly played rock. We’ll have to see where their music goes next. For more here on TGTF on The Sherlocks, go here.

After the cut: The Sherlocks’ set list.

The Sherlocks’ Set List:
Last Night
Will You Be There?
Was It Really Worth It?
Turn the Clock
Heart of Gold
Nobody Knows
Live for the Moment
Chasing Shadows

Tags: , , , , ,

One Response

[…] mentioned in my review on Monday of the Sherlocks gig there last week, DC9 has really come up in the world. It was previously one of my favourite places to see bands in […]

Leave Your Response

* Name, Email, Comment are Required

About Us

There Goes The Fear is where we tell you about the latest music, gigs, and tours we love and think you should too.

We love music that has its heart on its sleeve, tells a story, swims around our head all day or makes us dance like no-one's watching.

TGTF was edited by Mary Chang, based in Washington, DC.

All MP3s are posted with the permission of the artists or their representatives and are for sampling only. Like the music? Buy it.

RSS Feed   RSS Feed  

Learn More About Us

Privacy Policy

Keep TGTF online for years to come!
Donate here.