Album Review: The Sherlocks’ “Live For The Moment”

“Live For The Moment” starts on a high note with the single “Will You Be There?,” a rollicking, good-spirited banger carried along by a foot-tapping riff. The band doesn’t allow for a moment of rest, launching instantly from there into hit single and crowd-pleaser “Live For The Moment,” another fun-filled sing-along instigator. Things get a bit deeper below the surface from there, but there’s a constant sense of playfulness and a feeling that everything will work out in the end. “Chasing Shadows” takes a more bittersweet route, leaving the chunky guitars behind momentarily for silvery instrumental melodies and reflective lyrics. The album continues on this slightly lower-paced, more emotional track until “Turn The Clock,” where “Live For The Moment” reaches its lowest point emotionally, but one of its highest points musically. “Turn The Clocks” is a beautifully orchestral track which wrestles with not being able to “live for the moment,” and feeling as though life is on hold. It is, in many ways, the antithesis to the message given in the single “Live For The Moment,” and in the rest of the album as a whole. Things pick up again with “Last Night,” and the album ends with “Candlelight,” a sweet love song that combines the carefree hopefulness of “Will You Be There?” with the depth and emotion of “Turn The Clock,” and ends with a fantastic orchestral finish.

The Sherlocks accomplished a lot on their debut album. Each song is catchy and appealing in its own way, and the album encompasses an impressive emotional and musical range for just twelve songs. “Will You Be There?,” “Live For The Moment,” and “Chasing Shadows,” all tracks that had been released before the album came out, are still the catchiest and are bound to be the most well-known. But it doesn’t feel as though The Sherlocks were aiming for a record chock-full of anthems. The middle segment of “Live For The Moment” is thoughtful and rueful, sometimes verging on despondent. Enough singature indie rock instrumentals remain to ensure that the songs don’t feel disconnected from the rest of the album, but they are a marked difference from the first few tracks. “Last Night” and “Heart of Gold” never quite build back up to the relentless, fast-paced fun of the beginning, but they don’t need to. By the time the first bars of “Candlelight” begin, The Sherlocks have already shown us a softer, unsure side to themselves as well as a more untroubled, relaxed standpoint. With “Candlelight,” they tie the whole album up with a bow on top. It’s sweetly melancholy, it’s fun, it’s cinematic, it’s the best of The Sherlocks.

“Live For The Moment” proves that The Sherlocks are destined to be much more than a few catchy singles. They have what it takes to catch an audience’s attention and hold it.

Favorites: “Will You Be There?,” “Chasing Shadows,” “Candlelight”

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Listen to “Live For The Moment” here.

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Weekly Roundup 8/14 – 8/20

Favorite Single: “I’m Not Made By Design” – Nothing But Thieves

Favorite Music Video: “Taxi” – The Maine”

Favorite Cover: “Praying” – First To Eleven (originally by Kesha)

Favorite EP: “A Tension” – Blank Parody

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Favorite Album: “Live For The Moment” – The Sherlocks

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Favorite Artwork: “Skeletons” – Throw The Fight

Favorite Artist: Anti-Flag

Anti-Flag announced a new album this week and released two new singles, one of which directly addressed the events that occurred in Charlottesville. More than enough to make them our artist of the week.

Watch the band’s latest video, for “American Attraction,” here.

 

 

Artist’s Responses To Charlottesville

Plenty of musicians took to Twitter to denounce the events that occurred in Charlottesville. But some whent a bit farther and released songs or videos which clearly state their opinions on the matter. Here are a few of those responses.

Punk rock group Doll Skin released an intense performance video for their song “Puncha Nazi,” and added that “silence is violence” and “the time to speak up and stand up is right now.”

 

Anti-Flag released a new single “Racists” along with the following statement.

We stand in solidarity with those fighting racism and fascism in the streets of Charlottesville and beyond. We believe it is time for the removal of all monuments to the confederacy and the racism for which they stand. We must put these symbols of white supremacy into places where the proper context can be provided for what they actually are; outdated, backwards, and antithetical to what we believe the values of humanity should be. It is past time to have real conversations on systemic racism and America’s history of it. There are museums memorializing the holocaust all across Europe while America continues to try to hide from its racist, murderous past and present.”

 

Wilco released a new song “All Lives, You Say?” which is available for download for one dollar here. Proceeds will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center, in the memory of Jeff Tweedy (Wilco’s singer/guitarist)’s father, Robert L. Tweedy (1933-2017).

“My dad was named after a Civil War general, and he voted for Barack Obama twice. He used to say ‘If you know better, you can do better.’ America – we know better. We can do better.” – Jeff Tweedy

 

Discover: Inheaven

Inheaven are preparing for the release of their debut album “Inheaven” this September by releasing a stream of grunge-y, shoegaze-y singles. The South London quartet have already garnered the approval of Strokes’ frontman Julian Casablanca, and are poised to break through to a much larger audience with their full-length debut. The band’s sound is dense and swirling, near impossible to separate into distinct layers or melodies. Grunge riffs break through the haze of are alt-rock sound, giving Inheaven a distinctly gritty, fuzzy feeling that’s enforced by layered or distorted vocals. The compact wall of sound that backs their songs can vary effortlessly in mood and tone, from melancholy and bittersweet on “Drift” to poignant and combative on “World On Fire,” but always leaves one with a feeling of both playfulness and importance.

Favorites: “World On Fire,” “Treats,” “Vultures”

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