While the major labels are cashing in a second time on the iconic alt rock bands of the 1990s, thanks to the two and three decade anniversary re-releases of their albums, a slew of up and coming bands are launching careers, raised on the music of Nirvana, Soundgarden and the Riotgrrl groups of Washington State. Among the most promising of that lot is Athens-based duo Cancers.
The band’s lo-fi debut, Fatten the Leeches, was recorded appropriately enough in Seattle by legendary producer Jack Endino (Hole, Nirvana, Babes in Toyland). Despite some obvious grunge touchstones, Cancer’s musical influences break outside of the city limits, with strong pop melodies, evoking groups like Letters to Cleo and The Lemonheads. Ella Kaspar’s dreamy vocals soar beautifully over the caustic noise of the guitars.