and we say hello to can’t swim, your new favourite band
FAIL YOU AGAIN (PURE NOISE) KKKK RISING NEW JERSEY PUNKS DEAL IN BIG CHORUSES AND HEARTBREAK ON THEIR EXCELLENT DEBUT ALBUM
THREE MONTHS ago Can’t Swim played their first-ever UK headline show, upstairs in the tiny Black Heart pub in Camden. It was their “night off” from supporting labelmates Boston Manor on a UK tour, and they only had five songs – all from last year’s impressive Death Deserves A Name EP – so they bolstered their set with a couple of unnamed tracks.“these are covers,” smiled frontman Chris Loporto, eyes glinting between his close-cropped beard and plain black baseball cap. Both songs shared a lot of qualities with their own music: they were anthemic, original and memorable. Cornered by K! after the gig, Chris sheepishly confirmed both “covers” were tracks from Fail You Again that their label didn’t want announced then instantly bootlegged onyoutube.
They needn’t have worried.the small but dedicated crowd were too busy singing along by the second chorus, having too good a time to pull out their smartphones.the stormingwhat’syour Big Idea? and melancholy Stranger slotted neatly into their set that night, and reappear now on a record that’s powered in equal parts by defiance and ambition.at their best, Can’t Swim channel the same kind of crackling energy that kick-started Taking Back Sunday 15 years ago and the careful, majestic sweep that Brand New bled into their sound to rise above their peers.
Chris has spoken frequently about how he draws from painful experiences for inspiration, but the only miserable thing about Fail You Again is its title.they’ve left behind the barbed anger and pleading of the (very good) songs on their EP, favouring something more forward-looking here.we Won’t Sleep, $50,000,000 and Show Me are just three of the songs that grab the listener somewhere between an arm round the shoulder and a headlock, vacillating between offering support and urging you to pull yourself together.they also pull off slow and moody (Quitting), melodic gang vocals (One Shot) and yet more Brand New-style galloping (Molly’s Desk) with a flourish.
Next month they’ll be touring here again, supporting again. Catch them live, then go back a year later to watch them headline the same rooms – possibly bigger ones. Dive in, and say hello to one of the hottest new noises of 2017. DOWNLOAD: What’s Your Big Idea?, Molly’s Desk. FOR FANS OF: Brand New,taking Back Sunday.