and we say hello to can’t swim, your new favourite band


Kerrang! (UK) - - Contents - ALIS­TAIR LAWRENCE

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 am­bi­ 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.

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