Can’t Swim’s Chris Loporto talks new EP


Following a busy 2019 for Can’t Swim, we talk to frontman, Chris LoPorto, about their surprise EP, When The Dust Settles, upcoming projects and his record collection. Read our review »

Words: Renette van der Merwe

Photos: Micala Austin

The scoop

Congratulations on your latest release! This EP reimagines ‘Death Deserves A Name’, ‘Stranger’, ‘My Queen’ and ‘sometimes you meet the right people at the wrong time’. Why those songs specifically?

We wanted to do a few from all of our releases. A little bit of trail and error and those four were the ones that made the most sense. I recorded the version of Stranger and sent it around to the label, that kind of started the whole idea of the EP.

How much did current circumstances come into play with the making of this EP. Is it a quarantine project?

It is something I have always wanted to do. The idea always appealed to me to reimagine some of the songs. The quarantine certainly gave me a lot of free time, so yes, it was a result of that. It would have happened at another time I’m sure though.

“Oh man, the pit energy is universal; we are all equal.”

Do you think these versions will creep into future setlists?

I haven’t thought about it too much, who knows!

Foreign Language showed us a heavier side of the band, while When The Dust Settles strips it all back. What can we expect from the next full length?

A mixture of the two. We are working with a producer we have never worked with so I’m not sure what the project will come out sounding like. It’s a surprise for me just as much as it is for anyone else.

The UK is like a second home to you, but who goes harder in the pit? Us or fans back home?

Oh man, the pit energy is universal; we are all equal.

Lightning round

What’s the first album you owned?
No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom

What’s the last album you purchased / streamed?
Pedro the Lion – Phoenix

Is there a record that has extreme sentimental value to you?
Björk – Homogenic

An album that reminds you of home
Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Megan Thee Stallion

Settle the argument

Vinyl or Spotify?


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