The Sheratons – These Kids – Single Review

Leeds based “The Sheratons” deliver their second single with a launch gig at 360 Club, Lending Room, Leeds, this Friday 17th August.

Their first release, Better Days, was a great introduction to the band which demonstrated accomplished songwriting, wrapped up in a melodic 60’s guitar-driven sound that would have sat proudly amongst the big bands of 90s BritPop. Certainly a quality opener for the band that promised even better days ahead for them.

New single, “These Kids”, takes the same theme and influences but presents it in a more edgy, visceral way. Powerful bass lines drive the song forward, with a more “in your face” feel than your typical verse chorus verse chorus shoutalong. The Sheratons have got the musicianship to match the songs and the guitar breaks show what the band are capable of. Give it a few listens – it gets better each time !! The band explain the track as “Fairly ironic, describing how our generation “does nothing” and outlines a very typical story of a teenager and the emotions they might go through. However as you can tell by our fresh faces we are the generation the song refers to, so its a fun play on the older generation’s perspective”.

The Sheratons have an average age of 19 and are still honing their craft. They are already being championed by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and have just had their first session aired for BBC Radio Leeds. I look forward with eager anticipation to their debut LP when the time comes. You will definitely be hearing more from these kids.

I caught up with the band to learn a bit more about their influences, songwriting and aspirations.

“As a band we have a lot of different influences from many different eras and our music represents this. Each member of the band would say something different, but bands such as The Smiths and The Cure stand out. As for what we are listening to right now, Fleetwood Mac are being played a lot on the way to practice, sometimes you have to just appreciate the classics.

I never recall us ever going for a certain sound, its just developed from how the individual members have blended their styles and influences to form the whole that is The Sheratons. Songwriting within the band is fairly straight forward. Someone has an idea for a song, we all pitch in our ideas and hopefully a decent track comes out the other side.

These Kids is released on August 17th, the same day as our launch gig at The Lending Room. It was a nice step up for us, getting attention from Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6 and Alan Raw on the BBC Introducing show. As for the future we are going back into the studio at the end of the year to crack on with the next single and we are back in Leeds for a big show supporting Alleyways on October 20th . Overall its just a matter of doing as much as we can to forward the band. For the gig on Friday expect a lot of energy and great music, it will definitely be a fun one.”

 

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Graham Geldard

Music first, Photography second, now the two go hand in hand. Travelled the length and breadth of musical genres – 70s glam rock to 77 punk to 80s / 90s mod, post punk, trashy rock ‘n’ roll & metal. Will listen to and shoot anything. Now hooked on the thriving Leeds gig scene – local bands and visiting bands, arenas to toilet venues.

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