With a signature sound that contains a soupçon of Robert Smith, a smidgen of Cyndi Lauper and a dash of David Lynch noir, Swimming Girls have the makings of something special.

The Bristol quartet’s nostalgia-tinged dream-pop takes its cues from the anthemic Eighties, and the shimmering releases that they’ve unleashed so far have earned them support slots with Fickle Friends and Pale Waves.

Ahead of Swimming Girls‘ trip to Brighton on Friday 22nd March, when they’ll be headlining our penultimate Hidden Herd Presents: SPTLGHT show at Green Door Store, we caught up with them for a brief chat.

How would you describe Swimming Girls to a stranger?

Swimming Girls are a dark, 80s-influenced guitar-pop band from Bristol.”

Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?

“The Cure, Cyndi Lauper and Lana Del Rey are the main ones. Guitars, pop melodies and a cinematic backdrop.”

What was the best gig you’ve played so far?

“Supporting Pale Waves at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London. It was such a surreal moment – their fans are incredible!”

You’re based in Bristol – what’s your local music scene like?

“Bristol’s music scene is so diverse and creative. Everyone’s really supportive of each other and it’s a really close community. We’re really lucky to be part of it.”

Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?

“TS Graye because she’s an 18-year-old badass with a killer voice, George Glew because he writes heartbreakingly beautiful songs, and Emily Isherwood because her lyrics are incredible.”

And finally, what does 2019 hold for Swimming Girls?

“2019 is the year we release our debut EP. We’re excited to delve deeper into the world we’ve created and show you what’s lurking beneath. Also, we’re planning a lot of shows around it.”

Swimming Girls will headline Hidden Herd Presents: SPTLGHT at Green Door Store on Friday 22nd March in Brighton alongside Comforts, la lune and Pollon. Tickets are available via DICE.