Can’t Swim – Death Deserves a Name
Death Deserves a Name takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride one song at a time, fueled by teen angst and 90’s emo. Kudos to Can’t Swim for not being apprehensive in the commingling of indie, post hardcore & pop punk genres as it gives them a diverse and full bodied sound
Vocalist and songwriter, Chris “Krier” Loporto states “I never really pictured myself being a singer or a songwriter; it was just something I started doing recently to pass the time.” Well, I’ve got news for ya Chris…. You are and you’re damn good at it to!
****Note to Kevin Lyman of Vans Warped Tour, Can’t Swim would be a great fit for the 2016 edition of VWT. Remember, its quality over quantity!
Simple Plan – Taking One for the Team
Five years since the release of 2011’s Get Your Heart On!, Montreal’s Simple Plan is back in the game. With the release of their fifth full length release, Taking One for the Team, vocalist, Pierre Bouvier and clan are primed to not only continue their tradition of pop punk greatness but make each of the 352 days of the year feel like summer.
The Prettiots – Funs Cool
Funs Cool is the debut release from NYC based The Prettiots. The duo of ukulele playing front woman Kay Kasparhauser & bassist Lulu Landolfi at first glance, seem to have set out to make a cute and whimsical record. In reality, the duo does a magical job of spinning believable tales that normal people can and should genuinely relate to.( no matter how fucked up that reality is…) I must admit, Funs Cool just made me happy!
Standout tracks include, Boys (That I Dated In High School), Suicide Hotline & Stabler! For the record… I’m contemplating my name to Elliot Stabler!
The Slackers – The Slackers
2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the NYC based ska legends The Slackers. The Vic Ruggiero led sextet have mastered a sound that sound is a mix of ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub & soul. This self titled release doesn\’t veer too far from the norm as compared to previous releases, nonetheless, I still love it! After twenty-five years, The Slackers still make me want to grab my girl and put on my dancin\’ shoes!
Fav track: By The Time I Get To Sleep