THE ADVENTURES OF RESTLESS BEAR:

It’s been quite the year for Chester-based music label and event organisers Restless Bear.  They launched at the back end of last year, with the purpose of putting on gigs that were on the heavier side of the music spectrum, taking in noise rock, psyche and garage, whilst pulling some phenomenal bands into the city […]

SL TALKS TO TIM CHAPMAN:

For many who followed The Daymons, it was a sad day when the iconic Chester band left the stage for the final time in 2018. Not for SL. In their own words, the group had become ‘less than the sum of their parts’ according to an interview I did for @shitchester last December: “…Because there’s […]

CHESTER SONGWRITERS WORK WITH LEGENDARY DIRECTOR STEVEN BERKOFF:

Two Chester songwriters Phillip Allan and David Watson aka ‘The Heart Athletes’ release their first video single ‘Salome’ on YouTube. The video is the official trailer for the Steven Berkoff’s production of the Oscar Wilde play ‘Salome’ using footage from the production and featuring the music of The Heart Athletes. First premiered at the Gate […]

IN SYRUPPP. WRITTEN BY RYAN AMOS:

Chester rapper Ryan Amos helps break down the influences and clever wordplay that helped shape ‘In Syruppp’ into possibly the greatest hip hop album Chester has ever produced:  In the past 2 years I’ve dropped numerous projects under different aliases. This allows me to experiment with writing styles & subject matter, as well as experimenting […]

INTRODUCING THE LAST CLOUDS:

The Last Clouds are Matthew Schott (SL’s brother in fact) and Alistair Quarterman.  They first started writing together 3 years ago under the name Mrs Wilsons Mystical Experience. Shortly after, they released the now deleted LP ‘Concerning Works of Hatred and Destruction’ in partnership with Morecambe based DJD Records. The album was favourably reviewed by […]

PROMISES AND VOWS BY JAKLASH CAT: A @SHITCHESTER REVIEW:

“Promises and Vows” is the debut release from Chester based band JakLash Cat. The melancholic guitar trio named after the membership of Phil “Lash” Blundell, John “Jak” Evans and Steve “Cat” Pyne can be seen regularly busking in the city , and have also made recent Friday night appearances in the market. The CD offers […]

GRIFF REVIEWS THE LOOSE KITES AT TELFORD’S WAREHOUSE:

A review by Griff from @GriffTalksBalls. I’ve always thought myself to be quite adept at describing the sound of bands to those that have never heard their music. For bands that have a straightforward sound that seldom changes it’s relatively simple. Green Day, for example, are a pop punk band, no matter how they may […]

CATCHING UP WITH BENNY WOO:

…We’ve been following the wonderful musical adventures of Benny Woo for five years now at SL. As well as contributing to our Christmas charity album last year, we’ve been lucky enough to have had him in for a live podcast, as well as enjoying his output on soundcloud, under his own name, as well as […]

The Chester Songwriters Album:

Chester Songwriters are an informal group of local musicians who meet up at The Cross Keys on usually the first Wednesday of every month to share ideas and songs for support, inspiration and feedback and has been going for years. Phillip Allan takes up the story: ‘…The original group first met at a songwriting evening […]