Name & Nickname

Chris ‘ Bamber’ Bainbridge

Date and Place of Birth

6th March 1974. Bolton, Lancashire

Instrument/s

Bass guitar. Rhythm guitar. Vocals. Keyboards.

Current Band

None. Living in London. Running own website and contributing to Link2Wales from time to time.

Previous Bands by year

1991-1993 – Sympathy Jones (Vocals/bass)

1994-1995 – Stale Elvis (Bass)

1995-1997 – Slouch (Bass/bk. vocals)

1996 – Perry (Bass/bk. vocals)

1996 – Lemon Sole (Bass/bk. vocals)

1996 – 1997 – Slide (Bass/bk. vocals)

1997 – 1998 – Supermania (Bass/bk. vocals)

1998 – Sons of Selina (Bass/bk. vocals)

1998 – 1999 – Pocket Venus (Rhythm guitar/keyboards/bk. vocals)

Instrument of choice

Rickenbacker 4003 Bass

Favourite Gig Played

Penrhos College (500 screaming teenage girls. Oh yes)

Favourite Venue Played

Tivoli, Buckley

First Gig Played

The Greenlawns Hotel, Colwyn Bay. 1991

Trivia

The name ‘Bamber’ was given to Chris by Pocket Venus bassist Naldo due to the amount of useless information he used to come up with.

Chris organised and staged a charity gig at the Arcadia Theatre in Llandudno. Bands featured included an embryonic Frank’s Dad and PSST. £200 of damage was caused and subsequently not a penny of the takings went to charity. The gig was the last show to be performed before the Arcadia closed its doors for the last time in 1992.

Chris was a founder member of Pocket Venus along with Chris Yates, Naldo Algieri and Steve Jones.

Chris once turned down a job working for V2 records in London cause he couldn’t be arsed making the hour long journey every day.

Most Memorable Event

‘We (Pocket Venus) played at the Red Eye in London; it was a good gig with a good audience including Mark from Catatonia, Jon Lee from Feeder and Matt Priest from Dodgy. After the gig we hung out with them, I think Naldo has a picture of it somewhere.’