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Psychic Celebrations with LIAM CORMIER From CANCER BATS

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“I do love Cancer Bats shows because the pit isn’t intimidating.”

Liam Cormier

After an absence of five years, Canadian hardcore punk outfit Cancer Bats are finally returning to our shores next month for an eight-date run of shows in a belated celebration of the band’s most recent 2022 album Psychic Jailbreak.

That album marked a changing of the guard for Cancer Bats, with founding guitarist Scott Middleton leaving before the album was recorded, forcing the remaining three members into an uncomfortable writing and recording process that ultimately brought out the best in each of them.

The album was a resounding success but is yet to be performed live in this country, a blight that shall be rectified in just over three weeks, with frontman Liam Cormier making no effort to hide his enthusiasm when he spoke with HEAVY only hours ago.

“I’m still on this tour,” he replied when asked if he was packed and ready for Australia yet, “so I have a bag of dirty laundry (laughs). I’m ready to go. I’ll just put this in the wash, then repack my bags. I feel like this last bunch of touring we’ve been really busy, so it’s almost like having a bag packed and ready to rip. That’s how I’ve been living (laughs).”

We ask Liam what has changed with Cancer Bats since their last visit down under.

“Last time we played, we had Wade MacNeil from Alexisonfire playing guitar with us,” he offered. “Since then, we’ve had a couple of other folks on guitar duties, but now our homie Jackson (Landry) is gonna be shredding for both the Cancer Bats and Bat Sabbath shows. Australia will get to meet our new favourite‚Ķ he calls us his Uncles because he’s younger. He’s like a 27-year-old little ripper.”

In the full interview, Liam talks more about Jackson and how he has slotted into the band, the response to Psychic Jailbreak from fans, the internal pressures the band put on themselves to improve on each album, keeping things fresh after seven albums and counting, taking Fangz as national support and the part Cancer Bats played in getting the band together, having local bands open in each city, the two Bat Sabbath shows and what to expect, what craziness Cancer Bats plan to bring and more.

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