After seeing them open countless shows over the years, I finally saw Cancer Bats headline last night. I'm not sure what took me so long, but I'm glad I finally went because this band puts on a killer show. They kicked off their set with "Old Blood," the first single from Dead Set On Living, their new record that drops on April 17. I was also happy to see them play "R.A.T.S" because that's probably my favourite track from the new record.
And of course they didn't forget their older records either. I was happy to see "Sleep This Away" make the cut because it's one of my favourite album openers ever. It's just so heavy and low and it translated perfectly to a live setting. "Deathsmarch" is another song I was glad to see them play. Basically, the only downside was having to leave a little bit early to catch the last bus. Usually shows finish by 1 a.m. at the Pyramid, but whatever. The best thing was that lots of people showed up, which was nice to see. The place was pretty packed and everyone went wild, including the band. I want to post a picture Jeremy Bolm from Touché Amoré took because it shows Winnipeg's love for Cancer Bats better than any of my words can. It was an intense kick-off for the band's Canadian tour:
Speaking of Touché Amoré, I don't listen to them much, but I still enjoyed their set even if I thought it was incredibly short. The only song I recognized was "Home Away From Here," which they dedicated to the Weakerthans and Propagandhi. Apparently they played here before, which made me respect them more because few American bands tour western Canada. The best part was during a song that I think is called "Honest Sleep." A bunch of people jumped on stage to sing the last part of that song, even though the security guard was less than impressed.
Waster, formerly known as FAME, opened the show and they were OK. A Sight For Sewn Eyes was next and they were OK too. I think it's cool the singer performed the last song in the crowd and he also said that Distort will release their new record in June. All in all, it was a fun night and my fellow Canadians should definitely go to this tour when it rolls through their city!