Cancer Bats have spoken about their new album ‘Dead Set On Living’ and have said that they made absolutely sure that they did not take their music in a more “commercial” direction.
The Canadian hardcore band have recorded the album with producers Eric Ratz and Kenny Luong and will release the LP on April 16. It features a total of 11 tracks, including the album’s lead-off single, ‘Old Blood’.
Speaking to NME about the album, singer Liam Cormier said when asked if the band had targeted a more commercial direction on their fifth studio album: “I never want to take our music too far away from our core fans, who have really supported us. We made a very conscious decision to not do that.”
He continued: “As fans of music, we all remember how pissed off we’ve been when bands have gone and done that. It’s hard to not see that as just being commercial, for us it’s enough to have been able to do this for six years. I know Cancer Bats fans are super into us, so we thought, ‘Let’s make a record for them and hope everyone else catches on’ rather than make a new album and hope our fans follow us.”
Cormier also spoke about the recording of the album and revealed that the record came together “really quickly”.
He added: “We started working on it in the last week of July. We never write on the road at all, so we finished touring and started straight away. We moved into a practice space in the city for four months, wrote and demoed for three and then did pre-production. We didn’t want to waste any time in the studio. By the time we got in there, we worked super fast and it all came together really quickly.”
The band have also debuted a new track from ‘Dead Set On Living’, which is titled ‘Rally The Wicked’. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen to the track.
Cancer Bats will play six shows in London over the course of one day later this month.
The band have confirmed half a dozen separate gigs to take place on April 21, starting with a set at The Old Blue Last at 11.30 and taking in shows at venues including Notting Hill Arts Club and Brixton Windmill, before returning to the The Old Blue Last at midnight for their final performance of the day.
Cancer Bats will play:
London Old Blue Last (11.30)
London Notting Hill Arts Centre (14.00)
London Brixton Windmill (19.00)
London Barfly (21.30)
London Old Blue Last (00.00)