Candiria Come Back From The Dead
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Candiria have returned from a two-year hiatus and things have clearly changed.
July marked the release of What Doesn't Kill You... an opus that destroys any notion folks thought they had about this Brooklyn band, who have taken their style of extreme hardcore to completely unexpected levels.
The change in music reflects the difficulties the band have been through in the past couple of years. Besides feuding with former labels, in September of 2002 Candiria were involved in a van collision with an 18-wheeler while touring, nearly killing the entire band — hence the title of the new album.
Candiria bassist/backup vocalist Michael Macivor spoke with ChartAttack recently about the incident:
"Basically, this 18-wheeler just drove through us," he says. "We flipped over several times and there were various members ejected from the vehicle. A couple people were still inside the vehicle, which was really destroyed and was on its roof by the time the whole accident was over. There were a lot of serious injuries, but everybody — with being in hospitals and having surgeries and physical therapy — is getting back out there. A few of us have lifelong injuries that we're never gonna recover from. They do hinder some of the things that we do in life, but not to the point where we can't still get out on that stage and perform and make music. So that's something to be grateful for."
Candiria are hitting stages all over the Canadian East coast this week, including a stop at Club Rockit on in Toronto on Saturday (October 16) with special guests Bucket Truck, Full Blown Chaos and new Toronto hardcore band A Taste For Blood, featuring ex-Day Of Mourning vocalist Fudd. Macivor is anxious to play in the Big Smoke again and wants to see a nice turnout from hardcore fans.
"It'll be the first time Candiria has headlined in Toronto, and in Canada for the most part, in quite some time," he explains. "There's gonna be a lot of people, Candiria fans, who've only gotten to see Candiria do little half-hour sets and stuff like that over the past couple years, or haven't been able to see us at all due to our accident. If you're into Candiria at all and you've never seen us, or you've only seen us once, you definitely have to come check out the headlining stuff, because we really throw it down. We play a lot of music, we play a lot of songs and we also improvise, we have a really good time with it, so I definitely would like people to come out, because it's really gonna be a good party."
Aside from the October 16 Toronto stop, Candiria will also hit up the following Canadian cities. For more info on Candiria, check out the band's official website.
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