“Swimming,” Crast’s newest single—and a standout from the bracing Soundgoods EP—is a three-and-a-half-minute encapsulation of Crast’s complicated and distinctive musical personality. The chord shapes and harmonies are unusual and intriguing; the melodies take unexpected turns; the words are elliptical; the ideas are provocative.
Most of all, Crast are distinguished by a calculated disregard for formal songwriting conventions—and “Swimming” makes that boldness manifest. The song eases in with a tightly-written introduction that nods toward soft rock, pivots toward verses that slap with the abrasiveness of punk, climaxes with a breakdown that packs a metallic punch, and finishes with a release that feels like something from a lost ’70s classic.
Remarkably, for a track that covers so much compositional territory, “Swimming” is seamless. Credit goes to the four members of the band, who are each accomplished instrumentalists, even though they don’t tend to call attention to their virtuosity.
They’re also comfortable on camera. Chris Franchetto’s clip captures them in performance, and it illustrates what rock fans in Barrie know well: a Crast show is an exciting thing to behold. It’s become rare to see a singing drummer in a rock group, but Zach Franchetto guides the group effortlessly from the stool, delivering the song with passion, precision, and heartfelt optimism.
Yet, not all of the action in the clip takes place poolside. In some of it, the musicians are completely submerged. This allows Chris Franchetto to employ some psychedelic aquatic effects, including a purple submarine light that makes the air bubbles look like floating confetti. They’re all swimming—getting where they’re going despite the obstacles, moving at their own place, confident in themselves, at one with the fluidity of their environment.