Imagine The La’s jumping in a van with The Coral, hitting the M62, only stopping at Birch Services to pick up The Stooges (who’ve gone acoustic) and The Velvet Underground. Then, heading to Manchester to jam Buzzcocks tunes on the hottest day of the year in a country / rock n roll style outside Central Library, and you’ll get the Cold Water Swimmers vibe!

Cold Water Swimmers are a three-piece rock n roll band from Manchester who got together in their drummer’s conservatory in Prestwich on the day Mark E Smith died. Releasing three cracking tracks in 2019 cemented the band’s position as one of the most exciting new bands in Manchester’s thriving underground music scene. The band is fronted by Chris Bridgett on vocals and guitar with Carrie Lawson on bass and Selina Woolnough on drums. We interviewed Bridgett – in a socially distanced email way, of course – to find out more.

What made you want to get into music?
At the very start when I was a little, it was my dad’s Dylan and rock n roll records then when I hit 10-11, it was The Damned and The Beatles then Bowie. Then I decided to learn guitar when I saw some black and white footage of an old blues player, I thought I want to do that, so I taught myself from records.

What inspires you to write?
I never can tell, but like many writers I’ll bring stuff back with me when I’ve had the big black bastard dog staying over. Other times it can be a story I want to tell… there’s no pattern.

Who has had the most influence on your music?
David Bowie, Lou Reed, Velvets, Iggy scene, then Dylan, and God I really could go on forever, you know…

What has been the biggest challenge you have faced in your career so far?
Myself, and self-doubt.

What has been the nicest thing every written about you?
I’m lucky to have many nice things written and I’m so grateful for every word, not sure I can pick a favourite! It’s just great that they get it and want to talk about it, that’s it for me.

What has been the best and worst gig you’ve ever played?
Best has to be Wembley Stadium opening for Stone Roses in 2017. Worst? I have done some crackers! I remember one at the Southend Esplanade, my band Rude Club was supporting Stereophonics just as Boy in Photograph was launching. One guy showed up to the gig and he had come to see us and we played shit.

What is the last album you played on Spotify?
Lana Del Ray’s debut, with my daughter.

If you could support any band who would it be and why?
There’s loads, but I’d start with The Cure, please.

What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?
In Manchester now, and in no particular order, brand new ones emerging this last year or so: The Battery Farm, Tinfoils, Scuttlers, Loose Articles, C33s, Dirty Laces, Little Avis, and The Maitlands. All good and busy and shiny, and there’s more: Afflecks Palace, Lathums, Witch Fever… so healthy the scene right now and so it should be… it’s not like we have nothing to write about it.

Give us a few hints on what’s in store next for your band…
Who really knows, and if we had the choice would we choose to know, I’m not too sure!

The Simon Archer produced Be My Sunshine was released on 22nd of June on the band’s own label, DIY or DIE, and was recorded at 6DB Salford.

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