Following their mega-mosh-pit inducing set at Slam Dunk Festival, Cancer Bats have announced a run of summer shows in the UK this coming August.
“IT’S SUMMER FESTIVAL SEASON !!!! WE’RE EXCITED TO PLAY SOME BIG OL’ BANGERS BUUUUT here’s the thing, we really only book these fests to give you all an excuse to RAGE ALL OUR FAVOURITE SMALL TOWNS!!! THESE SHOWS ARE GONNA BE NUUUTS ! LET’S GET SWEATY ! LET’S GET WILD! LET’S TEAR THESE SHOWS UP !!!!!” – Liam Cormier, Cancer Bats.
They will be joined on the run by Arizona pit-starters Incite. Frontman Richie Cavalera: “We’re hella fired up to join our brothers in the Cancer Bats for another rager across the UK!!! We’ll see all you metalheads at the party! Come join us!”
Dates are as follows:
4th Guildford, Boileroom
5th Bath, Moles
6th Bridgend, HOBOS
7th Cheltenham, Frog & Fiddle
8th Blackpool, Waterloo Bar
10th Walton-on-Trent, BLOODSTOCK
11th Bristol, Boomtown Alley
12th Bridgwater, The Cobblestones
13th Southampton, Joiners
14th Oxford, O2 Academy 2
Choosing to forgo the traditional lead ups and teaser singles, Cancer Bats, with no forewarning, released their latest studio album The Spark That Moves in its entirety on April 20, 2018. A critic and fan favourite, the album hit #4 on the iTunes Rock chart, was featured on numerous Best of 2018 lists and has been streamed over 1.9 million times on Spotify.
The album is available through the band’s own record label Bat Skull Records. Purchase or stream the album HERE.
The Spark That Moves follows the bands critically successful album Searching for Zero (2015), which landed Cancer Bats their fourth Juno Award nomination for Metal/Hard Music Album. Recorded in Winnipeg, MB, under the watchful eyes and ears of JP Peters (Propagandhi) at his studio Private Ear and mixed by long-time collaborator and award-winning producer Eric Ratz, (producer of Hail Destroyer, Bears Mayors Scraps & Bones and Dead Set On Living), The Spark That Moves is Cancer Bats at its finest.
Combining all of the elements from their last 5 releases, the 11 tracks that make up the album blend together the bands most melodic moments with their most aggressive, becoming a savage sprint of hardcore, punk, sludge, and metal that leaves the listener craving more. Drummer Mike Peters and lead bass player Jaye Schwarzer seamlessly collide together like two wild beasts, while guitarist Scott Middleton blasts his signature layers of squeals and destruction over top. All of this thunderously led by singer Liam Cormier’s now fully formed melodic growl as he fires both positive, inspiring lyrics and scorching damnation as displayed on album opener “Gate Keeper”. Without skipping a beat, they fire on track 2, “Brightest Days”, shifting back to a classic Bats positive party anthem. The record seamlessly keeps this pace of raw, catchy, anthemic, metal and punk. Halfway through it breathes with the melodic standout “Bed Of Nails”, a touch of desert rock they add into the mix before diving back into the chaos that is “Head Wound”. This pace continues right until the crushing album closer “Winterpeg”, an ode to the very city they recorded in, featuring guest vocals from Chris Hannah of the legendary Winnipeg punk band, Propagandhi.