#ViralPirateRadio: Can’t Swim

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

IBMDt4E9-150x150-1 Thank you for chatting with us, it’s good to have you on #ViralPirateRadio! We love your first release, Death Deserves A Name! What inspired you guys in writing the songs for the debut EP?

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 11.49.40 AM 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.

IBMDt4E9-150x150-1 How does the band work on new songs? Are you guys collaborative, or does one person do most of the writing?

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 11.49.40 AM I demo the songs out myself and then send them to the rest of the guys. They fix them and add parts and make it into actual music.

IBMDt4E9-150x150-1 You guys had never played live shows together until this past March as support for Four Year Strong. What was it like going on stage as Can’t Swim for the first time?

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 11.49.40 AM 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.

IBMDt4E9-150x150-1 Now you are a part of the Pure Noise Records tour with Hit The Lights, Seaway, Boston Manor, and Casey Bolles. What about this tour excites you guys the most?

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 11.49.40 AM I think it’s a good glimpse into what our future might look like. Traveling, writing on the road and becoming a tighter band is something I’d like to do, and this gives us that opportunity.

IBMDt4E9-150x150-1 After this, you get about a week break and then you’re back on the road with Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties! How do you think Can’t Swim will fit in as support for a more acoustic act?

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 11.49.40 AM 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.

IBMDt4E9-150x150-1 What are the biggest challenges of being in a young band in the scene?

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 11.49.40 AM 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.

IBMDt4E9-150x150-1 It’s really great that you have found what you want to do with the right people. What are some lessons you’ve learned so far writing and gigging together?

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 11.49.40 AM I think it’s most important to have it feel like a band. A team. Doing things musically and artistically that every guy feels apart of and proud of.

IBMDt4E9-150x150-1 Where is the band most eager to tour going forward?

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 11.49.40 AM Japan.

IBMDt4E9-150x150-1 If you could play any music festival this year, which would it be and why?

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 11.49.40 AM Oh man, I’m really not too familiar with any. I suppose the one with the best catering.

IBMDt4E9-150x150-1Why did you choose “Can’t Swim” as a name for the band?

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 11.49.40 AM 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.

IBMDt4E9-150x150-1 Is there a full-­length album in the works?

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 11.49.40 AM Yes.

IBMDt4E9-150x150-1 What else do we have to look forward to coming from Can’t Swim?

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 11.49.40 AM Hopefully more tours. More music. And I promised the guys to learn more guitar chords, so more chords.

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!