Even before the release of their debut EP in the fall of 2009, Sydney-based Sherlock’s Daughter had toured Australia supporting both School of Seven Bells and the Temper Trap. The eponymous self-released EP (distributed by the Inertia label) is five songs of dreamy indie-pop, with enchanting melodies of guitars and synths, whispery vocals, group harmonies and tribal rhythms and percussion.

Sherlock’s Daughter arrived in New York, coming over on a whim, shortly before 2009’s CMJ. “We’d applied for CMJ but didn’t know yet whether we’d been accepted or not,” said lead singer Tanya Horo. “But then the week before, during a rehearsal, we were looking online at flights to America, found some really cheap ones and just decided to book tickets and come over anyway, and we all love it.”

The gamble paid off. From October through December, the band played a number of gigs around New York (and were accepted for CMJ), scored a month-long residency at Pianos, and attracted plenty of buzz along the way. Even the legendary Thurston Moore sang their praises, and rumor has it that Sherlock’s Daughter’s first full-length album might be produced by someone affiliated with Sonic Youth.

Sherlock’s Daughter has been playing together for a little over two years, with a few personnel changes, but the band members have been making music for a lot longer. “Everyone’s been around for some time now, and we connected through a lot of mutual friends and family, so it’s been an organic kind of coming together,” said Tim Maybury, who plays guitar and sings. All band members are multi-instrumentalists and tend to change parts during live sets. In addition to lead vocals, Horo also plays guitar and keyboards. The band also includes Liam Flanagan on bass and vocals, Jonti Danilewitz (aka Jonti Danimals) on keyboards, and William Russell on drums.


When asked about influences and what they’re currently listening to, Horo joked, “We seem to like bands with animals in the name: Panda Bear, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Moondog. Oh, and David Bowie.” Maybury added that he’s also a big fan of Stereolab and Sonic Youth.

After arriving in New York, Sherlock’s Daughter took up residence in Brooklyn, but away from the indie scene epicenter. “New York is a constant city, and where we [are] in Prospect Heights doesn’t have a lot going on as in the rest of the city, but it’s nice and relaxing,” said Flanagan. Maybury then added, “We’re also near Prospect Park, which is so beautiful.”

Since returning home in December, the band has been busy performing around Australia, with some headline dates as well as a tour supporting fellow Aussie Jonathan Boulet. They opened the 100th Big Day Out, Australia’s most well-known music festival. The band were also awarded the prestigious SMAC (Sydney Music Arts and Culture Awards) Prize for the Next Big Thing in Music.

Sherlock’s Daughter is now finalizing plans to relocate to New York from Sydney as a group, and plan to record their first full-length in the city. Of the proposed relocation to New York, Horo said, “We all love it, and it kind of suits where we’re coming from as well, so it’s really good. “Change is exciting,” she added. Maybury also remarked, “We’d be pretty thrilled to come back.”

The band will be back in the US in time for shows at SXSW in Austin, as well as dates in Houston, Los Angeles and New York in March. –Teresa Sampson, Photos by Tear-n Tan

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  2. Oh man, the night I saw them seemed to be longest time I spent in a single place ever. I can’t look back without shudder, all that ectasy in whatever the place was called, a large town house on 14th st.

    Cramped in a small room with ever changing bands, a sort of CMJ show case, one of the better ones I think, walls just undulating and dancing with the green to blue.

    Did I just FLASHBACK?! (Time to get off the internet)


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