Rising nu-metal crew CELL GAMES are on the rise aided by their slamming new single and video, Jailbreak – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIejA0Eo0KA . We caught up with the band to find out more about their movements and background:
What is the full band line-up, who sings and who plays which instrument?
Vocals: Maximillion Foy
Guitar/vocals: Tristan Carroll
Bass/vocals: Deb Finn-O’Brien
Drums: Tonči Vrdoljak
How and when did the band form? Tell us anything interesting about your hometown.
The band started with Tristan and Maximillion in late 2019 trying to turn Tristan’s demos into full blown songs. During COVID they decided to finally commit to getting some music finished and released as a remote recording project, eventually recruiting Deb and Tonči in 2022 when live music became an option again.
When and how did the band really start gelling and solidifying?
The band’s first outing as a full four piece came at the end of June 2022 and it was instantly clear that they had something tangible. Further gigs throughout that July and August really cemented the band dynamics as we really found our groove.
Who are your musical influences?
The obvious nu metal bands like Linkin Park, Korn, Disturbed, Slipknot. Also a lot of 90’s alternative stuff like RHCP and Faith No More. And strangely we found out we’re all into Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds.
Where did the name of the band come from?
Maximillion is our resident anime buff and got the name from an arc in Dragonball Z. We’ve considered telling people it’s about futuristic science stuff but it’s really a Dragonball reference!
How far back does your history with each other (the band members) extend?
Tristan and Maximillion first met when Maximillion was gigging with a band in 2014 and Tristan approached him to be in a cover band that never took off. They finally got together in 2018 to put on a charity gig for Chester Bennington’s anniversary and realised there was chemistry there.
Deb answered an ad for a bass player in 2022 on the recommendation of a mutual friend. Tonči arrived a month or so later after he read the band’s ad looking for a drummer and Tristan read his ad looking for a band to drum in.
Are you friends from school or any family relations?
We were all complete strangers before making music together.
In your opinion, how is your band different from all the other bands out there?
Not too many of the bands borrowing from nu metal right now were actually around for its initial wave, playing it on a discman and popping the enhanced CDs into the family computer. We have first hand experience of it that I think makes our approach a little more organic.
If a deaf person were to ask you to describe the sound of your music, how would you describe it?
A wallet chain slapping against the leg of a pair of enormous jeans.
Where can we find your social media sites?