Profile: Marc Bourgon of Cancelled, Greber

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Marc Bourgon

Marc Bourgon hails from Southern Canada and has been making music in one form or another for many years — as you will read below. His music, whether in Greber or Cancelled is extremely hard to classify which is one reason his output is so magnetic. It contains elements of powerviolence, doom, sludge, ambient and noise — depending on which band you’re listening to — but either way he hangs his hat on no tags. One look at his Bandcamp pages and you’ll get an idea. This week his project Cancelled will be releasing Tenebrific, an EP containing three songs in roughly 16 minutes that can only be described as progressive doom metal. And even that is questionable as the songs stretch out in different levels of heavy doom and horror inspired synth set to some grueling vocals, put plainly it’s an epic journey that is over entirely too soon. This is why the digital gods made a repeat button. Anyway, we got the chance to ask Marc our set of Profile questions so jump in and see what he had to say…

Cancelled - Tenebrific

How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?

I was forced into playing piano by my parents at the age of 5. I fucking hated it and just wanted to play bass in a touring band and be poor as fuck. (Seriously) Almost 30 years later and I have achieved this dream in spades. “Success” is a different thing to different people and at this point in my life I’m more aiming to improve my writing skills, learn from other greats and share what I write both live and on record. Making music full-time would be a wonderful thing but I’m pretty content just trying to best myself.

What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised? If you don’t have a story please tell us any embarrassing story.

In my 20’s I was booking a full US tour and had some trouble setting up a show in Virginia. There was a Cellador show happening and with it being last minute I was sheepishly trying to hop on to avoid any days off. Now, mind you, our band at the time sounded like a roided out version of Mr. Bungle with louder amps. I’m sure the average Mr. Bungle fan might even have had a hard time digesting what we were doing let alone a crowd of power-metal fans. I ended up phoning the booker of the venue and asked to get on the show. He said no and I nonchalantly told him that it didn’t matter because we’d be back at some point and he could book us then. I guess he liked that I didn’t care (it had been a long day) and put us on the show. The show couldn’t have gone worse. Imagine 75 people making the “I just smelled someone else’s rank fart” face. Good times.

What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?

Honestly, I feel it’s the same thing that’s going both ways. Making music and putting it out there is mega easy these days which rules because anyone can get their stuff heard if it’s good. The other side of that coin is that a lot of people are half-assing shit like they never have before. All in all I think the shift in music back to the people who make it is a good thing but there are days I tell you, there are days.

It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music? 

I feel like there’s always been a lot of fucked up shit going on in the world but we now live in a time when there’s more information about it that’s in our faces. I see this as a good thing for humanity. It’s about time that atrocities that are committed thousands of miles away are brought to our faces and made to be witnessed and dealt with. I tend to gravitate towards writing about all the universally horrible things that come with being a human and that covers a lot of ground. It can be political but most of the time it’s based upon the silliness of being a human being.

What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?

My cousin Marcie had a Metallica shirt when I was 9 that I thought was awesome. I saved up some paper-route money and went to Zellers and bought Ride the Lightning based on the cover. (it was either that or Master of Puppets) Never looked back. Still my favourite Metallica album to this day.

What’s the stickiest you have ever been?

We saw Gwar years ago while out on tour across western Canada. I made it a point not to shower for as long as I could after the show. It was around 10 days until I had a shower and all the red and green shit was coming off me like crazy. 5 minutes before that shower was the stickiest I’ve ever been.

What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?

Just do your research. People who make shit really appreciate when a question has a little more to it than “what does the band name mean?”. There is so much going on as far as metal coverage these days and I won’t pretend that I have any intelligible advice to give other than that. More research.

What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.

I hope to do a full length at some point. I had one but whittled it down to 3 songs for a few reasons. Maybe play live at some point. I’m in no hurry. I like just writing and getting better that way so I’m not racing to “advance my career” in any way. 

I work as a contractor and don’t really have any other hobbies besides making myself deaf and whipping around the walnut I call a brain from time to time. Oh wait, I like to read a bit.

Finally, when you’re not listening to, writing or playing metal, what are some of you favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)

A lot of not metal these days. Been digging that new Bon Iver record and I just started getting into that “Idler Wheel” album by Fiona Apple. As far as metal goes, lately it’s been Dismember, Primitive Man, Thantifaxath, Cult Leader, Indian as well as Manowar. That one is always on deck.

Many thanks to Marc for his time!


Tenebrific will be available March 3 on Bandcamp. For more information on Cancelled visit their Facebook page.

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