The Spot: Cancer Bats

By Staff

Hardcore punk band Cancer Bats are kicking off their world tour this month and let us in on what it's like living on the road.

Hardcore punk band Cancer Bats have released their newest record, Dead Set on Living, and have kicked off their tour as of this month. We wondered what it would be like to spend a day partying with a band like this that tours the world, so we asked them about living and drinking on the road. Be sure to check out for all tour dates and follow @CancerBats on Twitter for insights from their travels. 

When you’re playing gigs in America, which cities do you look forward to partying in the most?

Portland, Oregon, is one of our favorite towns to play and hang out. They have the best coffee in the whole country at Stumptown, where they roast some serious beans and make an amazing Americano. Playing shows there always rules, the kids who come out to shows are rad and tear shit up!  

Austin, Texas, is another favorite of ours. The punk scene there is crazy and our good friends in the Krum Bums always take good care of us and make sure the shows rip! El Chilito is the best hang for good coffee and breakfast tacos. Red7 is the bar we always play and everyone who works there rules.  

Minneapolis is an amazing town that we all love rolling through.  One bar we go to every single time we’re there is the Triple Rock Social Club. It’s an amazing punk rock bar that has a great venue attached to it. They have amazing food and the jukebox fuckin’ can’t be beat. Every band that plays there knows they’re going to be well fed or blackout drunk or both. When we played there with Gallows in ’08 it was hands down the best show of the whole tour. NOFX even wrote a song about it!

What bars and nightclubs are you sure to hit up when you’re touring?

When we’re in New York there’s this amazing bar called Saint Vitus that we rage at every time we’re in town! It’s run by the raddest dudes and any day of the week it’s the craziest party! They have bands that play there all the time and the whole place explodes. Easily the greatest bar in all of NYC, if not the whole US of A!  

 Anytime we’re in Vancouver, BC, we always stop by The Morrissey to hang out. It’s a nice chilled-out bar with an awesome vibe and tons of solid bros that hang out there. Sometimes after being in loud metal bars every single night of the tour it’s nice to be in a spot that’s a little more relaxed and you don’t have to yell over the music.  

Santiago in Leeds, England, is our hang whenever we’re on tour there. All our friends work there and we can hang late. It’s an awesome gnarly bar that plays some epic tunes. Sometimes when you’re on tour you want to go to a loud place; you have to yell over top of the music and get really rowdy with a pack of BMX dudes.  

Which city has the sexiest girls?

Europe holds it down in the babe department.  Prague, Barcelona, Copenhagen all have very beautiful people.  The lifestyle over there is so carefree and healthy. Just hanging out stress-free, having a good time, and living life makes for way more babes.

What is your craziest story from the road?

I remember once we were playing Summer Sonic festival in Japan. The whole thing is gigantic, with Beyoncé headlining and tons of different stages for metal, indie rock, punk, electro, and anything else you can think of. The crazy thing is if you’re playing the fest you can go anywhere, security would just smile and let you through. So we all went to check out Lady Gaga’s show and we were able to stand right onstage for her whole set. Not even off to the side, we were standing beside the drum riser just chilling, watching the whole thing.  If that’s not crazy enough, I look over and Fred Durst is standing there right beside us checking out Gaga!  It’s those moments that you think about and it blows your mind. I never thought I would be in Japan watching Gaga with Fred Durst and his whole crew, wildness!  

Are there any places you’re looking forward to playing that you haven’t been before?

We’re always really stoked to go further and further east in Europe. I love playing in places where they don’t get a lot of shows and people are so pumped to have heavy bands playing. The shows are always nuts and everyone there is super friendly, it rules. This summer we’re going to Romania and I can’t wait, I know that show is going to be insane!

What was your first Playboy?

I remember my neighbor’s dad had a whole bunch of Playboys that we would steal when we were young. Classic kid stuff, going to the tree fort to look at boobs with your buddies.   

What albums or songs are on your tour playlist?

Bands we have been listening to nonstop in the van are Pilgrims, Ghost, Early Graves, Narrows, All Pigs Must Die, Clutch, Mastodon, Red Fang, Sex Tears, and Paul Simon’s Graceland.  Lots of hours driving around the world, we’re always getting new records and bands to pass the time. Luckily there’s tons of rad shit coming out lately, it’s a great time for metal and hardcore.   

Who is your favorite Playmate?

I know she’s not a Playmate, but when Drew Barrymore was in the magazine in the mid-’90s I remember that being a huge deal. I went to an all-boys school and everyone was freaking out, talking about it, and trying to look up photos on the ancient internet at the time.  People finally got copies of the magazine and everyone had the hugest crush for the rest of the year.

Talk a bit about your new tour; anything in particular you’re looking forward to?

This summer we’re really lucky; we get to play a lot of amazing European festivals. The shows are always awesome and you get taken care of very well, it’s the best. They’re always really fun because we have lots of friends’ bands that are playing them and then lots of bands we don’t get a chance to see often. So you can hang out with your best homies and watch Refused in France! No better way to spend the summer.  

Photos courtesy of: Flickr, Jonathan Evans and Facebook


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