JAM THE TRACKS WHILE YOU READ
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PEOPLE LIKE ME & YOU
October 15th, 2023
South Yorkshire lads, The Sherlocks, recently dropped their fourth album. It’s ok if you haven’t listened to their previous work. Maybe in passing I heard a song or two. Maybe not. Let’s forgive ourselves for not always being at the front of the line. Hell, a lot of music is released on a weekly basis. Only so much sound our ears can process. But while processing the opening riffs to “Remember All the Girls” there was a glitch in the system, a full stop needle scratch that made me go wait, this is Grade A Britpop indie rock goodness. It’s new and nostalgic, familiar and forward. This album is designed for stadiums. Designed to play loud.
“Don’t Let It Out” is 4 minutes of magic. The atmospheric synth line opens the track before guitars and drums wash over you with beat and bliss. This is song as synesthesia. Feelings frolick, colors collide, emotions emote. It’s an internal rave sans MDMA. There is nothing lyrically great going on but the overall joy of the melody just works. It will be one of your favorites. “Louder Than Words” follows with a bombastic drum beat and echoes those perennial favorites, The Arctic Monkeys, but when title track “People Like Me & You” starts up we get arpeggiated keys that mimics The Who’s organ line from “Baba O’Riley”. It’s catchy as a Covid cold. Embrace it.
Press play if you like the Killers. If Coldplay doesn’t leave you cold. If the Kooks are kool. If you like to snuggle with the Snuts. Because the Sherlocks have dropped an album with crowd pleasing, stadium singing, foot stomping, head nodding, arm raising, smile inducing, hip swaying, fist bumping solidity.
- TRENT RYAN SMITH