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Can’t Swim Drops New Album “Thanks But No Thanks” With Familiar Winning Formula

–by Robert Wilkins


Pop-punk band Can’t Swim hail from the great state of New Jersey. They are part of the new breed of punk from the Garden State that includes the likes of the Misfit and My Chemical Romance. The band was founded in 2015 and consists of Chris LoPorto (lead vocals and guitar), Greg McDevitt (bass, backing vocals), Danny Rico (lead guitar and backing vocals) along with Blake Gamel (drums).

After multiple albums and singles, the band are releasing a brand-new record called Thanks But No Thanks. The new album drops March 3rd on Pure Noise Records. The album isn’t much of a transformation from the band’s past offerings but when you already have a winning formula, why mess with it?

I love the way the album starts with the song “Nowhere, Ohio”. It is a high energy rocker that will get your attention right off the bat. The band rocks hard enough to offset the pop melodies and keeps the song edgy while remaining catchy. I believe it is good enough to be the first single from the album and perhaps even chart for the band.

“Eliminate” is a high energy favorite of mine from the album. It starts out with a nifty down stroking guitar riff and the drums sound great. This song will prove to be big winner in a live setting for the band. It has an anthemic quality that could prove fun for the band and audience members alike to sing in unison. When is that never fun in a concert?

“Even My Anger Has Issues” is another song from this record that I really liked. Once again, the drums in particular sound amazing and there are some slick bass drumbeats. The song is very catchy though a bit more angsty sounding than the others previously mentioned.

I have mentioned in the past that this type of pop punk or emo type of band is not what I would normally listen to. My reasoning is that it comes across as a little too poppy for my taste. Don’t, however, let that keep you from taking a listen for yourself. I will say that when I looked up the band online they rock a lot harder live than on the record. For whatever it’s worth, live shows are the real measure of a band in my opinion. On that front they are definite winners. Be sure to give them a listen and check them out when they come through your town. See below for dates and buy your tickets and the album here.

For more information on Can’t Swim:






Track Listing:

  • Nowhere, Ohio
  • Can You Help Me
  • Me vs Me vs All of Y’all
  • Met U the Day the World Ended
  • Ver Paradox I’m Paradigm
  • I Heard They Found You Face Down Inside Your Living Room
  • Eliminate
  • I’ve Never Paid a Toll on the Garden State Parkway
  • Even My Anger Has Issues
  • Thnx But No Thnx

2023 Can’t Swim Tour Dates:

March 3-Buffalo, NY-Rec Room

March 4-Pittsburgh, PA-Thunderbird Cafe

March 5-Toronto, ON-Velvet Underground

March 7-Grand Rapids, MI-Pyramid Scheme

March 9-Chicago, IL-Cobra Lounge

March 10-Madison, WI-High Noon Saloon

March 11-Omaha, NE-Slowdown

March 12-Denver, CO-Marquis Theater

March 14-Salt Lake City, UT-Soundwell

March 15-Boise, ID-The Shredder

March 17-Portland,OR-Lola’s Room

March 18-Seattle, WA-Substation

March 20-Sacramento, CA-Harlow’s

March 21-Berkeley, CA-Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music

March 22-Santa Cruz, CA-Catalyst

March 23-Anaheim, CA-Constellation Room

March 24-San Diego, CA-Soda Bar

March 25-Last Exit Live-Scottsdale, AZ

March 27-San Antonio, TX-Vibes Event Center

March 28-Houston, TX-White Oak Music Hall

March 30-Birmingham, AL-Zydeco

March 31-Pensacola, FL-Handlebar

April 1-Gainesville, FL-High Dive

April 2-Tampa, FL-The Orpheum

April 4-Carrboro, NC-Cat’s Cradle

April 5-Richmond, VA-Canal Club

April 6-Garwood, NJ-Crossroads

April 7-Baltimore, MD-Ottobar

April 8-Philadelphia, PA-First Unitarian Church

April 9-Worcester, MA-Palladium


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