Five Minutes With: Montréal-based Rock Band Cell Press

Cell Press is 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. Cages is their first full-length album, recorded at Boxcar Sound Recording in Hamilton, ON.

Cell Press


Sean, guitarist of Cell Press





# of Albums:

1 album, 1 EP, 1 split record

Latest Album:


Latest Single:

Original Uranium Baby

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

Tears For Fears

Favourite musician now:

Adrian Belew.

Guilty pleasure song:

No guilty pleasures.

Live show ritual:

Listen to both sides of Mob Rules (Black Sabbath) before I leave the house.

Favourite local musician:

Tristan Dorrington-Meehan

EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?

Night owl

Road or studio?

Different animals! I want to pet them both.

Any shows or albums coming up?

Our album Cages was released on March 8th on vinyl, cassette and streaming everywhere.

Where can we follow you?



Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

Chez Nick. I used to work there, down to earth staff, good food. Oldest spot in the city, I believe.

What is your favourite street in your city and why?

Saint Catherine Street, particularly the stretch between Atwater and Papineau, I’ve seen the city change beyond recognition in the last 30 years and the memories I have on and of that portion of the street remind me that everything changes and keeps me moving, mentally.

What is your favourite park in your city and why?

Westmount Park is pretty and well kept and I pass through it going to and from work on my bike most days in the spring and summer. It’s also slightly nostalgic as my grandmother lived near the park when I was a boy.

What is your favourite music venue in your city?

Turbo Haüs.

What is your favourite music store in your city?

Music gear? Jimi’s in NDG. Records? Sound Central in the Plateau.