Longtime FTA faves and feminist firebrands War On Women have been on a co-headlining tour with Canadian metallic hardcore band, Cancer Bats, and just made a stop at Saint Vitus for a high octane sweaty night packed with positive vibes. WOW played a 12 song set that saw them splitting mostly between 2018’s Capture The Flag and 2020’s Wonderful Hell, highlights being “Divisive Shit,” “Aqua Tofana,” “White Lies” and the crowd sing along ready “YDTMHTL” (even more powerful given the current climate in the post Roe cesspool we currently inhabit). They began the night with the rapid fire “In Your Path,” which set the tone for the rest of their set all the way up to the closer, their fuck off ode to TERF’s “Second Wave Goodbye” from 2015’s War On Women. They’ve been joined on this tour by fill-in drummer Stef Zaenker who is a member of Caustic Casanova. (Regular drummer Dave Cavalier is currently on tour in Europe with his other band, Black Lung.)
Cancer Bats are fresh off the release of their latest album, Psychic Jailbreak, having just come out this past spring. They brought an intense energy to the packed room, playing several songs from the album and put the crown on the evening with stellar cover of “Sabotage,” the Beastie Boys classic. Direct support came from Buffalo hardcore band Spaced who has been on the entire tour, with an opening set from locals Roll Call, who just released a six song EP, Perpetuate, on Bridge Nine (which has also released WOW’s albums).
WOW setlist: In Your Path, Aqua Tofana, Divisive Shit, Milk and Blood, White Lies, Lone Wolves, This Stolen Land, Pleasure and the Beast, YDTMHTL, Wonderfull Hell, Silence IS the Gift, Second Wave Goodbye
Scroll down for pics of the show (photos by Kevin McGann)
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