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. Since then, the band has released their sophomore effort, “Lost and Found”. While a solid pop foundation remains, the record has more of a rock reggae influence than its predecessor. Notable tracks include “Saturday Night”, “Lost and Found”, and “Scapegoat”.
In addition to their work in the studio, other highlights for the band 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 since 2012 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.