CHRIS Helme, frontman of 90s band The Seahorses, is performing at Square One in Crewe next week.

After taking time out to “sleep, write and start a family” talented singer-songwriter Chris, who was discovered while busking outside a Woolworths store in York, has returned to the UK music scene.

He first appeared in the public eye fronting John Squire’s post Stone Roses project, The Seahorses. The band released their debut record Do It Yourself in 1997, topping the UK album charts.

They are best known for hit singles Love is the Law and Blinded By The Sun, which both made the top 10 in the singles chart.

After three years of touring the world and playing with some of the biggest acts in music, including The Rolling Stones, U2 and Oasis, The Seahorses called it a day in 1999.

Chris said: “The Seahorses was a fantastic apprenticeship and I’d never change those years, But I started playing music because I wanted to emulate the artists that I grew up listening to like Neil Young, Van Morrison, The Velvet Underground and The Stooges.

“I’m really looking forward to the freedom to do what I want with these live shows. I’ve been writing all year and this will be the first chance I’ve had to play these songs to an audience that hasn’t heard them before.”

Support comes from Crewe band The Varlets and Nantwich outfit The Lockdown. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are £7.50.