Fans of Toronto hardcore punks Cancer Bats really know how to rage when the band performs live.
Group members have walked away with injuries, including broken bones, after shows because of the crowd’s excitement.
“There's always show-related injuries with one of us falling off of something or getting microphones punched back at you,” says frontman Liam Cormier.
The four-piece act will have plenty of opportunity for further onstage shenanigans when they tour next year as part of Soundwave.
“One advantage of playing at a festival is that it's not as rowdy as a club show because you're not as up the front with everybody,” Cormier says. “But I always ruin it anyway, by jumping into the crowd and trying to crowd surf.”
He says punters can expect head banging, sweating, spitting and a lot of noise when Cancer Bats take to the stage.
“Jaye's bass is going to be gnarly, Scott's guitars are going to be really crazy and Mike's going to hit the drums really hard. I'm going to have to try and yell a lot to keep up with everything.”
And according to Cormier, festivals are “rad” to play because the sound is massive.
“You're playing through a crazy big PA with a huge sound to more people than you could ever imagine,” he says. “People who have never even heard of your band.”
'Bricks And Water' is the one song Liam can't wait to play to Australian fans.
"It's got a ton of bounce to it so we can get a good pogo going and the chorus is really easy so people can sing-along.”
The band haven't played in Australia since 2010, but are looking forward to their visit.
“Australia rules. Everyone in Australia parties super hard and is definitely up for having a good time. I like that nobody is too cool for school, they just go crazy and party. We're going to be playing side shows as well, so the whole thing is going to be awesome.”
Cancer Bats play Soundwave at the RNA Showgrounds Sat Feb 23.