Listening Post

From a warehouse turned arts space, Chest Pains are Leeds’ latest great DIY punk band

They summon the kind of frustration you get when your old hometown is frozen in time

“Narrow-mindedness” was just one of the reason that drove the members of the recently formed Chest Pains to leave their hometowns and congregate in Leeds.

The four members came together via the thriving community, based out at CHUNK, the former warehouse turned not-for-profit arts space.

After regularly putting on and playing shows in the space, they’ve put their first material on tape, in the form of two new tracks, the first of which ‘Petrified’ you can listen to below.

It was recorded with Tom Orrell at Leeds’ The Nave studio, and singer and guitarist Sammy Robinson has this to say about it:

“My inspirations lie within day-to-day social encounters that spark an emotion within me, whether that’s anger or anxiety. ‘Petrified’ is about a long-distance relationship whilst ‘Shame’ refers to the narrow-minded people who live in my home town, the town itself and how it’s basically frozen in time.”

They’re playing a bunch of shows coming up, including:

Wakefield, Crux – 24 June
Hull, New Adelphi – 25
London, Birthdays – 27
Manchester, The Peer Hat – 28
Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (single launch) – 29