The Bushwick 3-piece’s brash but lyrical songwriting has earned comparisons to Television and Gang of Four, or as the band describes it, “an alternate reality where Elvis Costello was in Mission of Burma and played Spoon songs at twice the speed.”
All three members—Mike DiSanto, Blaze McKenzie, and Jonathan Smith—contributed to writing the album’s ten original tracks and produced the record together. DiSanto and McKenzie, who share lead vocals, trade off between bass and electric guitar, fronting the band with distinctive but complementary energies.
The Can’t Tells’ live shows are sweaty, frenetic, intense blasts of distorted rock and roll straight to the chest. They play with force and precision nearly to the point of collapse, pausing only briefly to swap instruments and discard broken strings. Hands and drumsticks are a blur on tracks like the hooky “Knives” as they cut an efficient and melodic line straight through their varied influences to a sound uniquely their own.
Mastered by Joe LaPorta at the award winning Sterling Sound in NYC (Cold War Kids, Vampire Weekend, Battles, Bon Iver..) the album was released last year to critical acclaim from the likes of Nylon Magazine, USA Today, SPIN, MTV, Lower Frequencies, WYNC, NPR Radio, backed up with recent shows at CMJ and SXSW among others.
“rough-edged yet tuneful, cocky but still prone to the jitters, and wordy while feeling like an album-length inner monologue…” – SPIN
‘No. 7 in Top 20 Music Videos of 2013’ – Huffington Post
Premiere of ‘No Television’ + Interview – USA Today
“a Strokes-like work of art” – Nylon Magazine
“Shoegaze meets power-punk.” – MTV Hive
“A nice soundtrack for yelling into the abyss.” – CMJ
Daytrotter Session – Daytrotter
“Loud, fun, sweaty messes that we endorse wholeheartedly.” – Bushwick Daily