WHO ARE THEY?

A Mancunian trio who celebrated their first anniversary by performing a special gig inside a boxing ring in Salford. Of course, that choice of location seemed entirely fitting – here's a band whose music hits you firmly in the solar plexus.  

Formed in 2018, Cold Water Swimmers – comprising former Dub Sex member Chris Bridgett (vocals/guitar), alongside Carrie Lawson (bass) and Selina Woolnough (drums) – are a superb illustration of how epic noise needn't be at the expense of musical nuance. Raw and visceral, their sound absorbs elements of glam, garage, post-punk and new-wave, before spewing it back out with strong hooks, propulsive rhythms and incisive, thought-provoking lyrics. The blistering Everything We've Ever Had (We've Had To Fight For) tackles the impact of austerity, while recent single Robots imagines a dark, technology-driven dystopia.

If you thought Tyson Fury was the most fearsome, combative sight you've seen this week, just wait until you witness these Manc music heavyweights.   

FOR FANS OF

The Stooges, The Fall, Ian Brown, Grinderman.

MAKE A DATE

Cold Water Swimmers play The Globe, Glossop, on Saturday, February 29. More info at facebook.com/ColdWaterSwimmersband