Toronto hardcore punks Cancer Bats are on another large UK tour and on Wednesday night they play the Sugarmill in Stoke for at least the third time. The local promoter must be a fan to keep snagging them for the venue every time they do these more intimate tours.
This 18 date run sees them playing venues of a couple of hundred capacity, but they could easily do less dates in bigger venues, but the UK really has taken to these Canadians and they have taken to this rainy island. Since their appearance at 2007’s Download Festival they will have played over 150 shows in this country according to setlistfm – not the definitive list, but I’m sure it’s not far off. Looking at the same source, that’s more British gigs than their native Canada and neighbouring United States combined!
I don’t know if I was just being lazy and not reading magazines properly, but to me the band felt like they just flew out of nowhere and have been here ever since. They were on the cover of Kerrang! magazine early on in their career and received top marks for their sophomore album Hail Destroyer, but it’s been a long time since I immediately took notice of what Kerrang! and Metal Hammer told their readership what was going to be the next big thing. I’m of that age where I remember Kerrang! championing RPLA (Red Patent Leather Angels) and sticking them on the front cover in the early 90’s. That went well didn’t it.
My attention to Cancer Bats was piqued when the token Canadian DJ played Hail Destroyer on a semi regular basis when 106.1 Rock Radio, based in Manchester, had more of an edge in its early days.