Today, our new music spotlight is on Safe To Swim.

Location: Brighton

Line-up: Jim Filippides (vocals/guitar/keys), George Rawlings (guitar), George Ingledew (bass), Joe Dennis (drums)

About: In 2013, whilst honing his craft as a songwriter, frontman Jim Filippides packed his bags and moved to the vibrant hub of Brighton, in search of like-minded musicians to collaborate with. Eventually befriending George Rawlings (Guitar), George Ingledew (Bass) and Joe Dennis (Drums) over a shared interest in bands such as The Strokes, Pixies, The Cure and a love for the local live music scene, they decided to form a band under the name Safe To Swim.

Since then, the band have spent much of their time testing the waters by experimenting with different sound, experiencing an early brutal taste of the ups and downs of the music industry.

With the release of previous singles ‘Struggling’ and ‘Boyfriend’, Safe To Swim have received praise from highly regarded publications including DIY, NME, Clash, Gigwise, Dork and BBC Introducing. They have also supported the likes of The Night Cafe, Anteros, BLOXX and Paris Youth Foundation to name but a few, as well as performing at prestigious festivals such as at The Great Escape, Truck and Y Not.

What Hidden Herd say: Hidden Herd favourites Safe To Swim return with the riotous ‘Friends’ – a blistering guitar-pop ode to memories past, carrying the nostalgic tastes of the British seaside.

For fans of: Gengahr, Blaenavon, The Magic Gang

Link: facebook.com/safetoswimband

Latest track: ‘Friends’