Cancer are a duo consisting of Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild and Kristian Finne Kristensen. Nikolaj is also known as the lead singer of electronic band When Saints Go Machine and Kristian from his americana-inspired solo-career as Chorus Grant. The name Cancer comes from personal experience. "It comes from the disease, of course," says Nikolaj. "It's the greatest tragedy of my life, losing one of my parents to cancer." As Nikolaj was going through this traumatic event he met Kristian and the two started making music. He continues: "I started thinking about this vacuum that occurs when someone is ill, or someone dies, where everyone is able to speak and people are so open. There's also a lot of beauty in all of this". Kristian continues: "Our songs are not specifically about dark matters concerning the disease, but also the light and the love and the beauty of relationships between people. Friends, family...all of this!"
Cancer's forthcoming debut album (entitled Totem) follows the successful 2014-EP Ragazzi that quickly sold out its 500-unit vinyl run and gained the band a substantial fan-base in their home country Denmark while reaching key media internationally including a healthy Hypem popular chart placement, spot plays at BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music, the playlists at Amazing Radio and DR P6 Beat as well as online features from The Fader, DIY, Noisey, Pigeons & Planes and many more.
Kristian Finne Kristensen about Totem: "We've worked on perfecting the new songs since we played the majority of them on Roskilde Festival 2014. Since then many of them have taken on new form - but the album version of «Die One More Time» appears as the original first draft did ... It feels lovely to release one of the songs we've worked on the most both in the rehearsal space and afterwards in the mix proces with Nis Bysted. We'd liked to finish the album sooner but sometimes life wants something else to happen than I do..."