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AS A FAN, WHEN I SEE A PRE- OR­DER, I’m just think­ing, ‘Don’t tell me I can buy some­thing in three months, tell me I can buy it right now. Don’t bother telling me un­til it’s ready,’” ex­plains Can­cer Bats vo­cal­ist Liam Cormier of why the Toronto met­al­core band de­cided to sur­prise-re­lease their sixth al­bum, The Spark That Moves.

While Can­cer Bats were no­tice­ably qui­eter in 2017, they were slowly writ­ing ma­te­rial for this new al­bum. Once the new year hit, and the band were able to get to­gether to record, they came up with the idea to re­lease the al­bum as a sur­prise for fans on April 20, the day they be­gin the Hail Destroyer tenth an­niver­sary shows. “That’s where I love the idea of it be­ing a sur­prise, be­cause this is a sur­prise for Can­cer Bats fans, and if other peo­ple find out about it, that’s sick, but if no­body does out­side of Can­cer Bats fans, I couldn’t give a shit,” says Cormier.

Af­ter tak­ing a more ex­per­i­men­tal ap­proach on their last record, Search­ing for Zero, the band have re­turned to the party punk sound that they’ve built their ca­reer on. Cormier says the darker at­mos­phere on the last al­bum was a prod­uct of where the band were at the time, but on The Spark That

“This is a sur­prise for fans. If no­body finds out out­side of fans, I couldn’t give a shit.”

Moves, they’ve been able to re­cap­ture the en­ergy they had when they be­gan.

“I feel like there are a bunch of those that have that sort of vibe where, as much as we can be a gnarly band, we’re also a re­ally fun party band. I think [that’s] where we’re at, es­pe­cially in our lives where ev­ery­thing is re­ally rad and we’ve worked through a lot of those harsher kind of times.”

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