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Album Review – Cancer Bats: Bears, Mayors, Scraps and Bones

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From the first bars of opening track “Sleep This Away”, the Cancer Bats prove that their new album, Bears, Mayors, Scraps and Bones (Good Fight Records/Distort Records) is a heavier departure from their previous projects, but one with purpose. Each track has the classic Cancer Bats sound, but the subject matter seems more grown up than previous projects, exploring themes of love, faith, and feeling not good enough. “Raised Right” is an ode to parents everywhere. “Drive This Stake” explores feelings of loneliness, and the list goes on. The final track on the album, “Sabotage” is a cover of the Beastie Boys’ classic. Wetting fans’ appetites with the release of the Sabotage EP in March, the band released a hilarious video to accompany the song. Released on April 13, 2010, the album as a whole does not possess a song that leaves the listener wanting anything more. Titled using portions of each of the members’ nicknames, Bears, Mayors, Scraps and Bones proves that the Bats are growing up, learning what works and what doesn’t, and covering more ground than anyone thought possible.


Written by Liz Van Pay

April 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm

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