The Cancer Bats have come to destroy. Fueled by a burning desire to rage harder, play louder and have more fun than any other band, Cancer Bats mix hardcore, southern metal, and punk rock into a lethal rock and roll explosion.
The band originated in May of 2004 with singer Liam Cormier and guitarist Scott Middleton, former member of Toronto metal band At The Mercy Of Inspiration. The two wanted to form a project that combined their favorite parts of bands like Refused, Black Flag, Led Zeppelin and Down, among others. The line-up was rounded out with the addition of Andrew McCracken on bass and Mike Peters on drums.
The four-piece wasted no time writing and recording songs for a self-released demo that saw light in January of 2005. Determined to spread the gospel of rage and get its music heard, the Cancer Bats spent the next year touring extensively all over North America. Show after show, from Vancouver to Halifax, the Cancer Bats whose explosive live shows inspire floor punching, windmills, and arm spinning (please refer to the art of hardcore dancing) had begun to establish its own devoted legion of fans!
With the hellacious buzz about the Bats fuelling around the planet, the band unleashed its highly anticipated debut album “Birthing the Giant” June 6th 2006 on Distort Inc. (Home of Alexisonfire). Produced by award winning Canadian producer Gavin Brown (Three Days Grace, Billy Talent) the album features an impressive mix of songs that truly captures the band’s diverse influences and tastes.
The Cancer Bats have shared the stage with: Tours with: Bullet of my Valentine, Billy Talent, Rise Against, Alexisonfire, Every Time I Die, Moneen, The Bled, Protest the Hero, Comeback Kid, , Bleeding Through, He Is Legend, This Is Hell, Cursed, The Gorgeous, Johnny Truant, The End, Haste the Day, It Dies Today, The Kill Decibel, A Life Once Lost.