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Cancer Bats doubles down with two shows on Saturday.

click to enlarge Cancer Bats bridge the gap between punk and hardcore.
  • Cancer Bats bridge the gap between punk and hardcore.

It's not always easy to bridge the gap between genres, but that's exactly what punk-hardcore band Cancer Bats does, with high-energy and fervor. "We feel a little bit alone sometimes," says drummer Mike Peters. "On tour, in our genre or our scene. We do a metal tour and we're the punk band and vice versa. Both sides of the spectrum work for us and it opens up a bunch of touring opportunities but in the same respect, once in a while, we might be a little too punk for the metalheads." Which is why being the headliner is so choice (we highly recommend it), even better when you can double down like the band is this weekend at the all-ages Pavilion show followed by a more grownup mosh at Michael's. "That's the thing," says Peters about the two different audiences. "We're in the adult category. I'm not getting in the pit pretty much at all anymore, so I definitely respect that side of things." And here's a tip: he says the harder you go, the harder they will. You know what to do.

Saturday, February 16, 6:15pm, Pavilion, 5816 Cogswell Street, $18/$20; 10pm, Michael's Bar & Grill, 6100 Young Street, $15/$20


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