Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Cellar Cat.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band.
CELLAR CAT: We strive to create music that sounds good. Our focus is alternative rock and metal, even though we started out as a britpop and indie rock band several years ago. With the arrival of all the current members we began changing, and our different musical influences gelled together nicely. This means that, while being relatively heavy, we do not shy away from playing occasional ballads, composing catchy choruses with sing-along value, using synths, brass or even adding trap beats (the song with these is yet to be released). We just do what we like and what we feel like doing, trying not to get stuck in rock or metal stylistic boundaries and not trying to be a copy of someone.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
CELLAR CAT: There are quite many, actually. Meshuggah, Spiritbox, In Flames, Sleep Token from one side, and much softer artists, such as The Beatles, Suede or Lera Lynn, from the other. This diversity actually helps a lot in writing songs that sound like Cellar Cat and not like any of these artists.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
CELLAR CAT: We have just released a single and a music video for our new song “Living Dead” that also features Eissa Morphide, the vocalist of an alternative metal band Morphide, who joins our own vocalist Alex. So here we have a nice duo of female and male vocals, and a nice mix of clean and extreme vocals. Also, the song itself and the music video are quite relatable – they tell a story of 2 people getting stuck in a toxic relationship and reliving their dark memories again and again, unable to fully break free. This is something that many of us have probably been through to one extent or the other, so the feelings should be familiar.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
CELLAR CAT: We are very passionate about our shows – we give our 120% to the people. We treat the smallest stages as stadiums and just try to rip the air apart with our energy. We build up the heaviness for it to culminate at the very end, so the audience always asks for more. I think people just see that we seriously enjoy what we are doing, so they are happy to join in on all the fun.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
CELLAR CAT: We see ourselves bringing more value to more people. Growing and evolving as a band. Making the world a better place, even if just a bit. We are honest with our music, we play what we want to play without caring about trends. We sing about stuff that we find important, whether on a personal level or on the society level. And if we get our message out and it resonates with the audience, that’s a win for everyone. Big festival stages and new successful releases will help a lot, of course, so we will be working on that.