Can’t Swim stream hard-hitting debut album over a week early—listen
[Photo Credit: Rob Scheuerman]
"This record feels like the beginning of our band. The first chapter and the reason why we started playing music. It's really the template to our future," Can't Swim frontman Chris LoPorto says about their debut album, Fail You Again. "Writing and recording it all ourselves gave us so much insight to who we are and what kind of band we want to be."
In the new issue, LoPorto, formerly a drummer in punk bands, talks about the unexpected beginnings of Can't Swim, which saw him writing songs as therapy for a breakup and reconnecting with that same person three and a half years later.
"The drums are pretty different than most other instruments because they have no notes," LoPorto says in the issue. "[When I first started writing songs], I was pretty unfamiliar with that stuff. I had no idea how many notes there were, no idea what chords and keys were. I remember always hearing it jamming in bands, but it was a foreign language to me.
"Some of the first demos were just blatant wrong notes, and the guys would say, 'You can hear that? It's like nails on a chalkboard.' I've done a lot of ear training to figure it out. I think I based a lot of the writing on rhythmic ideas: Instead of using a riff, it's putting a cool pattern in the chords."
Can't Swim are about to head out with Set Your Goals and Four Year Strong on two separate tours.
"I think when writing a record, the most important thing to accomplish is to have everyone feel proud and a part of the project," LoPorto continues about the new album. "We couldn't be more excited to release it and it was a pleasure to make. We hope everyone enjoys it as much as we enjoyed making it."
And here's Fail You Again:
Feb 23 - Nashville, TN - The End (w/Set Your Goals)
Feb 24 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade/Hell (w/Set Your Goals)
Feb 25 - St. Petersburg, FL - Local 662 (w/Set Your Goals)
Feb 26 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth (w/Set Your Goals)
Mar 10 - Pawtucket, RI - The Met (w/Four Year Strong)
Mar 11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall (w/Four Year Strong)
Mar 12 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall (w/Four Year Strong)
Mar 13 - Albany, NY - The Fuzebox (w/Light Years, Sleep On It)
Mar 14 - Buffalo, NY - Waiting Room (w/Four Year Strong)
Mar 15 - Columbus, OH - Woodland Tavern (w/Four Year Strong)
Mar 16 - Indianapolis, IN - Hoosier Dome (w/Four Year Strong)
Mar 17 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Stache (w/Four Year Strong)
Mar 19 - Chicago, IL - Double Door (w/Four Year Strong)
Mar 21 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s (w/Four Year Strong)
Mar 22 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground (w/Four Year Strong)
Mar 23 - Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom (w/Four Year Strong)
Mar 24 - Oklahoma City, OK - 89th Street (w/Four Year Strong)
Mar 25 - Houston, TX - Walter’s (w/Four Year Strong)
Mar 26 - Dallas, TX - So What?! Music Festival
Mar 28 - Nashville, TN - The End (w/Four Year Strong)
Mar 29 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre (w/Four Year Strong)
Mar 30 - Richmond, VA - Canal Club (w/Four Year Strong)
Mar 31 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel (w/Four Year Strong)
Apr 1 - Freehold, NJ - GameChangerWorld (w/Four Year Strong)
Apr 2 - Amityville, NY - Revolution (w/Four Year Strong)