Hello and welcome back to #ViralPirateRadio! For our latest edition, we had the chance to chat with Chris Loporto, frontman of Keansburg, New Jersey rockers Can’t Swim.
Can’t Swim made their own waves within the punk rock scene, coming into view as a DIY band that self-recorded and produced their first work. The incipient four-piece achieved great success early-on, signing to Pure Noise Records last year shortly after their inception. In February, the band released their debut EP, Death Deserves A Name and then embarked on their first run of live shows with Four Year Strong and Light Years.
Can’t Swim is a genre-bending, alt-punk/post-hardcore/emo band, giving fans a taste of everything in their live sets, as good as a buffet.
We previously reviewed the band’s newest work and are excited to learn more about them. Read our exclusive interview below, and take a listen to the playlist curated by Can’t Swim themselves only on #ViralPirateRadio
It was something I started doing just to pass the time. I wanted to take a crack at song writing and playing guitar, so it was really nothing more than a new hobby. Once the songs started to make sense, we all got in a room together and it felt like a band.
Pretty great. On the way up to the first show, it occurred to us that we had never done it before. It felt way more comfortable than I imaged it would due to the fact it was my first time singing in front of anyone other than the guys in my band. The vibe we all have together makes for an easy going, no pressure kind of environment and I hope that translates on stage.
Due to the fact we are a pretty new band, I’m not sure where we “fit” musically just yet. I don’t think any of us are really concerned with stuff like that, but I hope kids can find something in our set to enjoy. Or they can visit the bar while we play too, whatever works.
I certainly don’t consider us a young band haha. I think starting a band at 17 and starting a band at 27 is a lot different. It feels a lot more genuine at this age. I think when you are younger you are looking for anything to do, to fit in, to give you some sort of an identity. But now I know this is what I want to do, what I enjoy to do, and seeing the rest of the guys in band feel the same way is very inspiring to me.
When I was in first grade the teacher asked everyone in the class to give a defining attribute about themselves. I was a very nervous kid so I had no clue what to say. The kid before me’s answer was “I love to swim,” so in a panic I said “I can’t swim”. The whole class laughed and 15 years later I started the band.
That’s a wrap! Be sure to keep up with Can’t Swim as they tour the states on their Facebook page, and stream the band’s exclusive #ViralPirateRadio playlist on Spotify below!