So, The Sherlocks played Guildford’s Boileroom.
Now, I don’t really know where to start with this gig – it is a very problematic one for me. So if we begin with the venue, Guildford Boileroom, a very small intimate venue. It’s super indie and generally has a pretty chill vibe. This was my first time being at the venue and the aesthetics of it filled me with a lot of hope that I was going to have a top night, however, this was not the case.
The support acts immediately killed my hope as they did not particularly impress me, and I think my view on this was also supported by the rest of the audience who seemed pretty alien to a lot of the songs they were being played. Granted, there were some rules to the exception with the hard-core indie kids with their open chest shirts somehow knowing every word of every song being played, and fair play to them, it’s the kind of devotion smaller bands need in small venues to help them kick off and make a mark in the industry.
The crowd also lacked a lot of coherence; you had your arm raiser, your boppers, and your moshers. However, there was not enough of any to make a clear group which made a really strange atmosphere, which I would put down to the small venue as if it was larger these grouped audience members would be spread across rather than all thrown in amongst each other.
Now moving onto The Sherlocks set. They started weak, getting their fair share of feedback from the microphone in their first few songs, an issue which was stopped when they got into it a bit more. The Sherlocks did do a good job getting stronger as the set went on. However they didn’t make use of the venue size as there was nothing intimate about their set, they were just playing song after song. However, towards the last 2 or 3 songs they had the whole crowd on board even prompting a mosh pit to form in their final song, really switching the mood making it one I’m more accustomed to seeing at gigs.
Overall the gig was unfortunately not for me, which is nothing to say about The Sherlocks who I’m sure will go on to make an increasingly big name of themselves. I feel like, had they have been in a bigger venue they would have been able to thrive, and I do hope I see them again one day and they can eradicate the doubt.