Every once in a while you come across a gig that is memorable and sticks with you. This happened to me last September when I was given the nudge to check out the new project of Chris Bridgett (Dubsex, G.O.D.), Cold Water Swimmers. Why not? It ended up being one of my gigs of the year and I teamed up with Features Ed, Nigel Carr for a joint review (https://louderthanwar.com/cold-water-swimmers-manchester-castle-hotel-live-review/) after witnessing the future. So then I thought, lets re live that night in a new location supported by us at LTW under the moniker The Next Wave 2019? Since six months ago each band have singles out and are improving at every gig, smashing it at venues up and down. I now give you the lowdown on three of the hottest bands around.
The Tinfoils are a three-piece garage-punk band based in Manchester, whose frantic brand of ‘no frills’, DIY guitar-driven music rages against the private security companies who police the streets of Britain, the royalist media machine, the inescapable nature of a 20-odd year old’s overdraft - as well as having the odd song about thrush.
Since taking to the stage in early 2018 the band have played a string of gigs and festivals across the North of England, with highlights including supporting HIMALAYAS and checking off some of Manchester’s most prestigious live music venues. Born in Yorkshire but made in Manchester, The Tinfoils are predominantly influenced by contemporary bands such as IDLES, Thee Oh Sees, and Cabbage, but also take inspiration from a number of ‘70s rock ’n’ roll bands such as Buzzcocks, and Richard Hell & the Voidoids.
LTW review here: https://louderthanwar.com/exclusive-tinfoils-release-debut-single/
The Pagans S.O.H. (Shepherds Of Humanity)
This bunch of hip hop funk infused Black Country lads are getting a name for themselves on the circuit. Marcus is one of those bonkers front men who stamps an impression on you from the start. The strength of their songs speak for themselves and his rap delivery is unique with the falsettos and snarls and sometimes freestyling craziness. This is a band that can go all experimental one minute then pull it all together again into a tight structure at the drop of a hat. They improve with every gig and they have their own sound which can't be put into any scene at the moment.
LTW Review here: https://louderthanwar.com/debut-single-video-exclusive-pagans-sheperds-humanity-banananah/
Cold Water Swimmers
Chris Bridgett needs no introduction on the Manc music scene. He's been around for some time, notably with the underrated Dub Sex who still have a large cult following to this day. CWS are like a summer breeze (!!!). Teaming up with the tight knit team of Selina and Carrie works well, with the fragile vocals from Chris which are out there individually in terms of sound. Hollow and stark yet also uplifting as witnessed on the chorus of Summer Breeze, which is in my top 5 single releases this year. Another band that don't fit into any scene and can hold there own on the live scene. Professional, tight and sometimes enthralling to watch. A great band to add to your 'must see live' lists.
LTW Review here: https://louderthanwar.com/cold-water-swimmers-summer-breeze-ill-be-your-witness/
Six months down the line and all three of these groups have come a long way with their live sound, improving with every show and it's great to get them all back together for a reunion gig before festival season. If it's like last year it's gonna be one night to remember!!