MoChester is a 4-piece pop-rock driven band from Rochester, NY. The band's name is actually a fusion of the city it started in and Motown, one of its original influences. While the Motown groove provided early inspiration for the group, their current sound has a mainstream flair that has been compared to a blend of O.A.R. and Incubus, with a west coast swagger reminiscent of The Dirty Heads and Sublime. Their arsenal of original material stretches across numerous genres, from the pop-flavored anthem “Crackerjack Tattoos”, to the reggae-infused jam “Lost and Found”.
The members of MoChester consists of Brandon Sheffer on lead vocals and guitar, Jonathan Sheffer on keys, guitar and backup vocals, Ben Overmyer on bass guitar, and Alex Melville on drums. The band was formed in 2001, but had a fresh start in 2011 with the addition of Overmyer and the release of their debut album "Stop and Go". The 11-track album contains refreshing, interesting arrangements coupled with harmony-rich hooks, and is available for purchase at shows and through online music vendors such as iTunes and Amazon. In addition to the album release, some other recent highlights include being chosen to film a live performance for the 3rd season of WXXI's "OnStage" television series, and sharing the stage with the likes of national touring artists such as Barenaked Ladies, Tower of Power, and the Ryan Montbleau Band. Notable performances from the past year for MoChester include Rochester’s East End Festival, Lilac Festival, Clothesline Arts Festival, Park Ave Festival, Monroe County Fair, HOG Fest, Fairport Food & Music Festival, Canandaigua Music & Arts Festival, Finger Lakes Music & Wine Festival, and Party in the Park. The band's high-energy live shows have helped them to pick up new fans and followers at every show. An online press kit and listing of venues and events that MoChester has performed at can be seen at www.sonicbids.com/mochester. The band is currently working on their second album at GFI Studios in Ontario, NY. A summer 2013 release is planned.