Lineup (L to R): Sean Arsenian (Guitar, Vox), Joey Cormier (Bass), Mark McGee (Drums), PQ (Vox)
Cell Press drummer Mark McGee has posted a video of his battering hands with a playthrough for "Piss Police", which is the opening track from the Montreal band's debut EP released on November 27th.
"Piss Police" is bookended with one riff, which the band plays in different ways, as an intro and outro. The middle section was something their guitarist Sean Arsenian had demoed for a different project, but in the end, found it to be right at home with Cell Press. The bridge is a much noisier take on a Jesus Lizard type of riff.
Watch McGee gorge through the track in the following drum video via his YouTube .
Cell Press has no one metal genre label to them as they are a concoction of grindcore, noise, sludge, extreme metal, along with anything and everything the band feels like creating.
The eclectic ep may not be metal enough or noise-rock enough or sludge enough for some, but Cell Press gets bored really fast and the result is serious channel surfing taking advantage of a wide variety of influences. With this release, they have gone all out to wrap their ideas up in a burlap sack, tied with razor wire. As the band says in their own words:
“This EP sorta sums up what we’re about at this particular moment. Genre people might not be satisfied with our lack of adherence to any one sound for too long, but we didn't make these songs for those sort of people.”This ep is designed as a broad introduction to the band, and new listeners will hopefully anticipate what else is coming down the pipe in the future. It upholds the high standards Cell Press sets for themselves and each song is quite different from the others.
Super loud and aggressive, Cell Press is a sort of hybridized amalgamation of influences, and most recommended for fans of Jesus Lizard, Converge, and Botch.
Digital download from Cell Press here .
Limited edition cassette order available from No Funeral Records and Ancient Temple Recordings .
Spotify playlist add here .
Music Video “Desert Breath” YouTube
1. Piss Police (3:35)
2. Desert Breath (2:52)
3. Blacked Out In Verdun (2:37)
4. Dead At OACI (3:31)
5. My Son Will No The Truth 11:40
EP Length: 24:18
Cell Press are a Montreal-based band that formed in 2019. They play a sort of burly noise-rock that leans more on the hardcore and metal side of the swamp. They took their name from the 2001 Russian prison documentary "The Mark Of Cain". The brutal humanity of that film is reflected in the music... on the surface, it's raw and punishing but there are complexities
and nuances revealed once the surface noise has been embraced. Members have played in a myriad of punk, metal, and hardcore bands such as The Great Sabatini, Biipiigwan, I Hate Sally, The Chariot, Animal Ethics, Architect, Swarm Of Spheres, and Angles. Their self-titled EP is the first offering of tunes. Recorded pre-quarantine in Hamilton at Boxcar Sound Recording
(Sean Pearson), mixed in Oakland at Anti-sleep studios by Scott Evans with the pandemic in full swing... 2 local shows have been logged but any further plans to gig have been halted by Covid-19.
2020 - Self Titled - EP