Today’s Song: The Sheratons Roast Rave Culture on Brit-Pop Rocker “Raving and Drooling”

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With the whimsy of The Kaiser Chiefs, the snarl of The Clash, and the brashness of youth, The Sheratons’ newest single, “Raving and Drooling” knocks your door off the hinges.
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The Sheratons’ loose, raw rock promises to last much longer than the latest rave fad, and we’re all the better for it.

England has two traditions that are quintessentially their own: Brit-pop and pubs. So when you find a young Yorkshire band blasting away about their fear of raves replacing pubs, you’d be a fool not to listen. And when that band is as good as The Sheratons, you’d be an even bigger fool to not love it.

Raving and Drooling - The Sheratons

Raving and Drooling – The Sheratons

With the whimsy of The Kaiser Chiefs, the snarl of The Clash, and the brashness of youth, their newest single, “Raving and Drooling” knocks your door off the hinges and doesn’t even consider saying sorry. “The song is a cultural observation in what appears to be the biggest comeback of the rave scene since the 90’s. It seems more common now to find rave events packed but the local pubs empty,” lead singer Kane Bulleyment tells Atwood, ignoring the irony that the average age of the band is barely over the legal age. “A pint, a packet of crisps and a game of pool seems to be slowly slipping out of the autopilot mode of this generation.”

The Leeds-based four-piece open their latest song with a clunky guitar riff that quickly descends  into a sleazy, slinking Libertines-feeling verse. It snarls, it swaggers and it absolutely slays. The quick pace means it rarely stays in one spot for long, instead springing from one moment of chaos to the next.

Raving and Drooling, soon as you’re in
Kicking and fighting, because he never wins,
You think its dangerous living for the thrill?
You think you defy existence by swallowing a pill ?
Spin your head boy, spin your head boy
Spin your head boy, spin your head
The Sheratons © Tom Berridge

The Sheratons © Tom Berridge



Even the moments of mild reprieve feel menacing, with the frantic baseline a constant slap between the eyes — cleverly not unlike a rave. This sonic representation of the manic nature of a rave hits hard. But what makes the song truly last long in the memory is the most important part of their Brit-pop predecessors’ anthems: a great sense of melody. As heavy as The Libertines’ Up The Bracket got, Pete Doherty still left you with a nice ear worm. The Sheratons have this same skill in spades.

Get down and dirty where you all belong,
Your heart is beating now
and it’s beating with the song,
You may call it magic but I call it a sin,
Knock knock its the bass man, 
I’m coming in!

The Sheratons’ loose, raw rock promises to last much longer than the latest rave fad, and we’re all the better for it.



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Oliver Crook

Oliver Crook is a Canada-based journalist who has been playing guitar and deciphering lyrics since he first heard Sum 41’s “Fat Lip” blasting through his older brother’s bedroom walls. Although his taste has (somewhat) developed since then, his passion is just as strong as ever. When not writing about music, he can be found drinking too much coffee, complaining about the finickiness of avocados, and being disappointed by all of his favourite sports teams.