Idle Frets

Idle Frets – Aftershow

It gives me great pleasure to be featuring a band from my home town of Chester on Shlur.com. Chester is a city of which has always struggled musically in my opinion, with the cultural powerhouse of Liverpool a mere 30 mins away it seems as though Chester has always been an afterthought. There was always a decent alternative scene with small local bands playing when I grew up there but the city never attracted larger bands to come and play, bar the past few years of Chester Rocks, and it never produced much in terms of musical exports either.

Idle Frets were formed in Chester in 2011 and have since spent their time enthusiastically gigging around the North West, with a new line up for 2015 and support slots in the bag alongside The 1975 and Catfish & The Bottlemen it would seem as if Chester may well be giving birth to a successful musical output of its own.

‘Aftershow’ I’m told was produced for radio and with that the song is quintessentially Radio 1 Summer Playlist material. There’s nothing wrong with that. The lighthearted groove of the guitars and the driving rhythm section partner with an indie pop vocal hook are perfect for summer listening in the sun.

“We like to write honest songs about things the average listener can get – something people can understand and connect with” says front man Ben Davies “In terms of our sound it’s a question we really don’t like to answer and we never know what to say – we’ve always seemed to slip into saying we’re an indie rock band, but it’s more textural than that, especially with the new outfit, a really different and fresh sound.”

There’s a single launch on Friday 24th April over at The Shipping Forecast in Liverpool. Only costs you a fiver.