Release Date: Mar 10, 2017
Record label: Pure Noise
Riffs & feels. Picking up where last year's excellent 'Death Deserves A Name' EP left off, Can't Swim's debut album finds them in caustic, heart-on-sleeve territory. Frontman (and former Trash Talk drummer) Chris LoPorto remains on similarly combative form here, too. With his distinctive nasal tone, he takes aim at the world and those who have wronged him: friends, former lovers, lady luck and many more besides. In the end though, these attacks always circle back to the self-loathing that permeates every second of this record.
Can't Swim first caught me with "Your Clothes" off last year's Death Deserves A Name EP. I've always been a fan of Pure Noise and this album is a big example why. Fail You Again lives up to expectations set by that little gem, building on their 2015 work, but also smartly taking new turns and twists in terms of poppier and catchier tracks. Last year felt more rugged, but this year, it's all about boasting a more accessible and polished sound that's sure to put them on the map in an even bigger way. "What's Your Big Idea?" opens up things and it's quite a statement -- one of their most aggressive post-hardcore tracks to date, with layers of grunge a la Balance and Composure.