Every­thing you need to know about their sur­prise al­bum, The Spark That Moves.

Hard­core’s most hy­per front­man ex­plains why the Bats de­cided to ‘do an Avenged’ and sur­prise-re­lease new al­bum, The Spark That Moves

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Contents - WORdS: STEPHEN HIll

af­ter the luke­Warm

re­sponse to

2015’s Search­ing For Zero, which di­alled down their metal­lic tone for a more old-school punk ap­proach, Canada’s premier hard­core warriors Can­cer Bats sprung a new al­bum on us from outta nowhere blast month. We caught up with front­man Liam Cormier to find out what the story is be­hind The Spark That Moves, how they man­aged to keep it com­pletely un­der wraps, and to rem­i­nisce on how much his life has changed in the decade that has passed since the re­lease of their clas­sic Hail De­stroyer al­bum.

So, you’ve got a neW al­bum out right noW. We Weren’t ex­pect­ing that!

“I know man, we just thought we should do some­thing dif­fer­ent that wasn’t go­ing, like, ‘Oh, hey guys, the new al­bum is com­ing and here’s a pre-or­der bun­dle.’ I al­ways get frus­trated by that. I’m just like, ‘Gimme it now! I wanna hear the mu­sic!’ It’s like say­ing to some­one, ‘Come over on this day and I’ll be cook­ing brown­ies for you.’ If you’re telling me you’re mak­ing brown­ies, I want the brown­ies now.”

anD you Were all Do­ing Some Se­cret bak­ing…

“Ex­actly! You’ve come round and we’ve just gone ‘Hey, by the way, we made you some brown­ies!’ And you get to eat them now. It was hard to be se­cre­tive, be­cause it’s al­most harder to not post stuff on so­cial me­dia these days than it is to let ev­ery­one know you’re in the stu­dio. That’s just the way the world is now, but we made a point to hold back on that stuff.”

WaS it harD to keep it all un­Der WrapS once you Sent the al­bum to print?

“Nah, not so much. We were lucky that all the guys at the print­ing press that did the vinyl were big Can­cer Bats fans. So, I said I would go down and help pack the vinyl and meet the guys who worked there. It was so cool; they were just stoked to have me down there, which is very flat­ter­ing, and re­ally bought into the idea.”

hoW DoeS the Spark that moveS Dif­fer

from Search­ing for Zero?

“Well, I think it’s a re­flec­tion on where we are as a band now. On the last al­bum, shit got real dark, but now we are in a good place again and we want the mu­sic to re­flect that. The last al­bum was go­ing for that hard­core, floor-show punk vibe, but we have to un­der­stand that we don’t just play those sorts of venues any­more. And this record, we went to play the bangers. When we do a fes­ti­val set, we just play all of the songs that we have videos for. So we were like, ‘Let’s just try and write an al­bum full of those songs.’”

Speak­ing of bangerS, you guyS have been cel­e­brat­ing 10 yearS of

hail De­Stroyer… “Yeah, I know, right?! Where’s that time gone? It has been re­ally cool; we played The Un­der­world in London on the Hail De­stroyer cy­cle and sold it out, and so to come back and sell out four nights at that venue a decade later was a real, ‘Woah!’ mo­ment. When you’re in a band you some­times don’t re­alise how much progress you’ve made, but we came off the Bat Sab­bath tour and it felt real good, and we an­nounced those shows and they just sold im­me­di­ately. It’s so cool.” When you hit theSe mile­StoneS aS a banD it muSt make you look back anD feel pretty prouD of What you’ve Done? “For sure. For me, it was weird to look back at that time and think of where I was and where I am now. I was ba­si­cally home­less when we recorded that record. I was liv­ing in a tent in my friend’s loft! We lit­er­ally fin­ished record­ing the record and then went out on tour with Gal­lows and just stayed on the road be­cause it was like, ‘I don’t have any­where else to go, I might as well keep on the road!’ And now I have a house! So that’s what that record did. It was the first time peo­ple re­ally took no­tice of us, and it’s led me to the point where I ac­tu­ally have this house around me that I’m talk­ing to you from right now. And it was when we got

Jaye [R. Sch­warzer] on bass as well, even though he didn’t play on the al­bum, it was when we so­lid­i­fied that line-up that we’ve still got a decade later. Not many bands do that, so that’s very sat­is­fy­ing.”

THE SPARK THAT MOVES IS OUT NOW VIA BAT SKUll REcORdS. cAN­cER BATS PlAY dOWN­lOAd NEXT MONTH

“SHIT GOT REAL

DARK WITH THE

LAST AL­BUM”

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