Oh, to be young. Not for The Sheratons the bleak, gritty, gnarly observations of neither ponderous souls, nor the downcast haddock-mouthed sounds to accompany them. The Sheratons are good young, old-fashioned indie pop band. At a pinch, they’re an indie rock band, but they wouldn’t want to panic your mum. Their suitably springy, stupidly catchy debut single is about making the most of youthful exuberance – even if you’re in an unglamorous small town like Bingley.
Bingley is indeed where the foursome hail from – not quite Bradford and not entirely Leeds, their difficult to pinpoint location is still an awful lot easier than trying to categorise their sound. The primitive jangling guitar might evoke The La’s or The Byrds for some; their carefree, breezy snapshots, the jollier side of The Cure for others. Even more thrillingly, they may be the first signs of a return of the long-missed Paisley Underground – a DIY music movement from the 1980s which saw the likes of The Bangles and The Chills emerge with clever, perfectly-formed pop but with a twist that only comes from a complete belief in their fellow band members.
The Sheratons comprise of Kane Bulleyment (lead guitar and vocals), James Jowett (bass guitar and vocals), Finley Ryan (rhythm guitar and vocals) and Emma Liu (drums), each with a very individual style in all senses, from Kane’s James Dean cool to Finley’s Doc Marten ska, but with a sound that is ageless and reassuring. “Better Days” is the perfect introduction to the band, showcasing Kane’s exceptional vocal style (which sounds like it belongs to a singer 20 years older and two feet taller), their chillingly combined harmonies in the chorus, and their secret weapon, Emma, driving it all forward from her control centre behind the traps. The vintage sound of tomorrow; the space-age tomorrow sound of 1968; or the spirit of 80s indie made flesh – it’s your choice and you can’t lose.
15th - Venue, Skipton
16th - Steeton Club, Bradford
19th - West Street Live, Sheffield
22nd - Manchester Academy, Manchester
7th - The Exchange, Bradford
14th - Indie Week Uk - Jimmys, Manchester
21st - The Zanzibar Club, Liverpool
18th - The Lending Room, Leeds