Album: “Live for the Moment.”
Label: Infectious Music/BMG.
Online: Watch the video for “Will You Be There?” at http://bit.ly/2iqzJxs.
The Sherlocks’ debut, “Live for the Moment,” excels not by breaking new ground, but by breathing life into familiar territory.
The British quartet, which consists of brothers Kiaran and Brandon Crook (vocals/rhythm guitar, drums) and Andy and Josh Davidson (bass lead guitar), scarcely could be more traditional in its guitars-and-drums approach.
Echoes of Britpop heroes past run through tracks such as “Will You Be There?” — its propulsive thrust recalling a less melodramatic Echo & the Bunnymen mixed with a less strident Oasis.
There’s a lighter touch to the driving melodic rockers at which the band excels, though plenty of power crackles through “Chasing Shadows” and “Last Night,” the album’s two most dynamic numbers.
The band stretches out on the extended “Nobody Knows,” and the cello-inflected ballad “Turn the Clock,” succeeding on the strength of the melodies of each and Kiaran Crook’s strong, unaffected vocals.
Now is the time to catch The Sherlocks at their youthful, energetic best, before the concept album, the unplugged album, the one where they bring in the hot EDM producer, or the solo albums.
“Live for the Moment” captures them in full cry, soaring through tracks such as “Candlelight” as if their lives depended on it. Don’t miss it.