Album Review: Can't Swim - This Too Won’t Pass


Written by Melissa LaGrotta


19 Nov 2018


With just over a year since their debut album, Can’t Swim have followed up with a brand new record, This Too Won’t Pass.

With just over a year since their debut album, Can’t Swim have followed up with a brand new record, This Too Won’t Pass. The New Jersey rockers have been teasing fans since they dropped singles like 'My Queen', 'Sometimes you meet the right people at the wrong times', and 'Congratulations, Christopher Hodge' in the build-up throughout the year.

The new album seems to bring much of what was successful about the debut, Fail You Again . With new contemplative subjects, the album centers itself around what the notion of ‘evil’ means to lead singer Chris LoPorto, who gravitated to how it fit in a variety of aspects of his life, suggesting it is something most people overlook in their own lives: what is evil? why does evil lurk? The track 'Amnesia 666' is a good example of such contemplative song. It’s slower, with a more somber feel to it in comparison to the other tracks. The song is quite literally is about thinking about the evils you’ve done. The evils of love, or what may not be love at all.

The This Too Won’t Pass is not by all means a mellow album though. With songs like 'Sometimes You Meet The Right People At The Wrong Times' giving the album a real anthem for fans to recite. Frontman LoPorto accounts origins of the song which was “written on the back of a photograph” and given to him as a parting gift when breaking up with an ex-girlfriend. LoPorto adds how much it meant to him on a personal level saying that “It really put so much into perspective at the time, saying how the “power” and “exciting rhymes” makes it “one of [his] favourites on the record”.

As a whole, This Too Won’t Pass is one of the better punk albums in the scene in the later half of 2018. Especially with the second single, “sometimes you meet the right people at the wrong times,” which will surely go down a storm in live events. The album is brutally honest and proves that Can’t Swim is a band that you need to be watching out for in the live scene, particularly on their tour with Trophy Eyes and Seaway.


Edited by Tony Nguyen





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