LIVE REVIEW. The Sherlocks at Wedgewood Rooms with support from Crown Of Thieves and Jordan Allen

February 23rd
Venue: Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
Genre: Indie/alternative
Words and Photography: Martina Di Gregorio

The Sherlocks, the fast growing indie band from Sheffield, played at Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth as part of their tour that is selling out impressively fast considering they have only been signed for three months.

Crown Of Thieves kicked off tonight’s gig slowly warmed up the audience with some hard rock music and light hearted jokes. The leading vocalist went from sitting down and drinking his beer during the bassist’s solo to passionately bending to the ground during his high notes – definitely was an interesting way of starting the night!

They were followed by Jordan Allen, who did a perfect job of engaging the audience through their intense performance. They did not stray away from the audience, not even post-set as Jordan signed merch for all those people that rushed to purchase their new EP, ‘Living La Vida Loca in Bolton’. The band never gave up on making the audience scream for them, and the efforts certainly paid off.

But the real highlights of the night were of course The Sherlocks, who stole the spotlight and proved just why they have risen so high so fast. The set started with ‘Last Night’, and the lead vocalist, Kiaran Crook, didn’t miss a single note while balancing his trademark stage presence with vocal performance. The crowd grew increasingly excited with every track, screams erupting every time they announced the next upcoming song. It was impossible to stay still in the sea of people jumping around and swaying to the electric beat in the Wedgewood Rooms tonight.


Fan favorite ‘WIll You Be There?’ was the fourth song played and everyone simultaneously lost it in a moment, understandably. But the track of the night had to be ‘Live for the Moment’. As Kiaran encouraged the chorus reprise, bassist, Andy Davidson took over the stage and deployed his best tricks, grabbing the attention of everyone in the room. Josh Davidson and Brandon Crook were solid performers as well. The chemistry between the band is incredible, you can really see the authenticity in the band members’ connections and nothing could have stopped them tonight.

There was no need for the band to even try to encourage engagement from the crowd tonight, as they were already jumping and screaming within an inch of their lives. They even played new songs such as ‘Nobody Knows’ and ‘Candle Light’, giving the audience a taste of what to expect as The Sherlocks continue to grow and experiment with their sound.

The penultimate song was their most recent single ‘Was It Really Worth It?’ and once again the audience were completely engrossed. They are definitely on the path to becoming big with their ever growing fan base and packed out gigs. With the amount of shirts thrown onto the stage, the summer should bring about class festival performances. The Sherlocks’ increasing on-stage confidence also shows as the band power through technical issues and sound malfunctions, nothing can stop them now. Tonight, the Bolton lads were full of energy and certainly did not disappoint dedicated fans or sceptical newcomers. 

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Trust Fund live at the Boileroom

Here’s a live review of Trust Fund, with support by Dog and Alimony Hustle written for thnksfrthrvw

Date: 14/11/2015 –  Boileroom, Guildford

Promoter – OXYXXEY Promotions


Support from Dog

The first support act of the night was a three-piece consisting of Benji, Sean and Ed from Devon.

This band manages to catch the zeitgeist of the present youth very well with their nonchalant vocalist, singing truths of heartbreak, drinking and general troubles in life. Guitar riffs reminiscent of psych-pop bands such as Beach Baby and down-beat drums tied romanticised angst and indie hooks all together in tunes such as ‘Too young to be so bitter’ and ‘Cause everybody’s so cool’.

With relatable lyrics and such a blasé style, this band is one to watch.

FFO-Beach Baby, Oscar, Kid Wave

Rating – 4/5


Support from Alimony Hustle

This playful pair from Bristol, consisting of Matt and Leah currently touring with Trust Fund came to Guildford for the first time this evening.

Alimony Hustle are definitely not your bog-standard duo act. Their heavy indie riffs and powerful drumming are accompanied by strong unapologetic vocals of Leah. The crowd were drawn in instantly with an abundance of audience interaction from Leah and Matt.

Part way through the set, the duo treated the crowd to covers of two very different, but much-loved tracks. First was Blink 182’s ‘Stay Together For The Kids’, dedicated to Dan, a member of tonight’s headliners. The duo’s rendition mixed the same nostalgic skate punk riffs with their own take on vocals, which were greatly received from the crowd. We then heard an acapella performance of the opening lyrics to One Direction’s ‘Night Changes’, which then exploded into the grunge-pop sounds that this group really excel in delivering.

You could never get a dull set with this fresh, fun-loving duo.

Rating – 3/5

FFO- Boyracer, The Get Up Kids,



Trust Fund

It’s finally time for our much-anticipated headliners to grace the stage to finish what is already a great gig. Trust Fund, from Bristol, are a perfect example of a rare, actually ‘good’ band to emerge out of the influx of seemingly monotonous indie-pop bands that are coming onto the music scene.

It was apparent just how pleasantly surprised this band are by their increasingly loyal following from the members’ reaction to the crowd singing along to tracks such as ‘Seems Unfair’ and ‘Dreams’ from their new album ‘Seems Unfair’.

What makes this band stand out from an ever-growing crowd of indie bands is not their style but the intimacy of their gigs. Ellis Jones manages to write relevant lyrics about young love, fear and anxiety, while presenting them with a backdrop of cheerful melodies, creating melancholic tunes that leave the crowd with hopeful vibes. This is emphasised by Jones’s distinctive voice, his charming tender vocals were perfectly demonstrated in tracks such as ‘IDK’. Similarly to Alvvays, this voice leaves a long-lasting impression on the crowd that ensures you’ll be back for more.

This band managed to bring members of the crowd together with their friendly interactions and heart-warming, alternative jams to create a perfect ending to a successful evening of showcasing the best of British Indie bands. It’s up to the up and coming promoters such as ODYXXEY to continue to make this happen.

FFO- Crushed Beaks, Hooton Tennis Club, Alvvays

Rating – 4/5


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