Lineup (L to R): Sean Arsenian (Guitar, Vox), Joey Cormier (Bass), Mark McGee (Drums), PQ (Vox)
A concoction of noise, sludge, grindcore, and extreme metal, along with anything and everything the band feels like creating, Montreal's Cell Press (a convergence of talent from well-seasoned musicians (The Great Sabatini, Biipiigwan, I Hate Sally, Architect)) unleashed their self-titled debut EP this past November along with limited editions cassettes released by No Funeral Records and Ancient Temple Recordings .
“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 sorts 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." says the band.
Today, Cell Press' guitarist Sean Arsenian shares his playthrough for the band's noise track "My Son Will No The Truth".
"This track is the long noise jam on the debut Cell Press EP. PQ caught the guitar tracking on video so I synced it up with the final master.
At Sean Pearson's suggestion, we built this piece by only allowing the performer to hear the prior track. In this case, I was improvising guitar noise with only the drums in the cans. Mcgee had laid down the drums only having heard a strange loop that Pearson made. we continued down that line till we'd painted some sort of insane sonic landscape. Sean Pearson later mixed it all into what you have here, and it was one of the most fun experiences in the studio with buddies I've had in years.
I played this IO guitar made by my friend Nick Brygadyr. He makes very nice guitars. It has a pearly gates in the bridge position because I heard that's what the guy from Cherubs uses and it sounds great. I split the signal into two amps, with a couple of pedals going into each, but kept it pretty simple. Volume plus vibration equals noise. Thanks for watching! and this is probably a journey best taken with headphones."
Watch and listen to the playthrough on YouTube -
Super loud and vigorous, Cell Press is recommended for fans of Jesus Lizard, Converge, and Botch.
Digital download here .
Spotify playlist add here .
Limited edition cassette order available from No Funeral Records and Ancient Temple Recordings .
Blacked Out In Verdun - YouTube (Music Video)
Desert Breath - YouTube (Music Video)
Piss Police - YouTube (Drum Playthrough)
Dead At OACI - YouTube (Drum Playthrough)
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