Montreal’s sonic behemoths, CELL PRESS, are poised to unleash their latest opus, “Cages,” onto the musical battleground this coming March 8, 2024. With their roots firmly planted in the fertile soil of the Montreal music scene, this band has been fervently cultivating their distinctive blend of burly noise-rock, drawing deep from the hardcore and metal reservoirs of sonic power. As a collective, their musical pedigree boasts an impressive resume, with members having lent their talents to a smorgasbord of punk, metal, and hardcore outfits, including The Great Sabatini, Biipiigwan, I Hate Sally, The Chariot, Animal Ethics, Architect, Swarm Of Spheres, and Angles.
The crescendo of anticipation surrounding Cell Press’s forthcoming album is punctuated by the unveiling of the lead single, “Things They Do In France.”
This amalgam of styles tells a tale of lost love, exuding the pungent aroma of what could have been, if only it hadn’t been tarnished by toxicity.
The song unfurls with a deceptive gentleness, encapsulating perhaps the most melodious riff in the band’s catalog. Yet, as quickly as it seduces, it metamorphoses into a frenetic and tumultuous odyssey, mirroring the tumultuous trajectory of a toxic relationship. In a poignant double entendre, the song’s title and lyrics cast a contemplative gaze upon the historically complex relationship between Quebec and its culturally and linguistically superior neighbor, France.
Cell Press, while deeply rooted in their Montreal identity, do not wear their hometown allegiance like a badge of honor; rather, they weave it subtly into their sonic tapestry, a discreet nod to their roots without descending into the realm of triteness.
Their evolution from their eponymous EP to “Cages” is a subtle one, marked by a touch more melody, yet never veering from the gritty, unapologetically heavy sound that they have meticulously honed over the past four years.
“Cages” is a relentless sonic onslaught, a testament to the band’s uncompromising commitment to sonic ferocity. Fans of KEN Mode, Unsane, and Keelhaul would be well-advised to ready themselves for an auditory pummeling of epic proportions.
Come March 8, 2024, “Cages” will be available via multiple labels, including The Ghost Is Clear Records (Vinyl), Ancient Temple Recordings (Vinyl), and No List Records (Cassette).