Cantell seem rather reckless with their sonic darts. This aim and aggression of these East Bay natives draw from several rockwells, a variety uncamped at any one bucket. Is it thrash/punk compiled, ragey math-rock, or Maidenesque metalcore? A tough call for any listener to ID their brand of swiss. Rick exemplifies this like a 2nd guitar player with unsettled, splintered jablines, yet the open-note-drops confirm it’s a bass. Salvo A.D.D.’s the drumkit into a jungley, multi-paced battery; a squinting rhythm section well-oiled by Dap, whose melodesia never shies to chug or sprint, weaving subtle blues chops into his assertions. All good for Marlon Rando, fronting a thunderous growl & seasoned Tito’s timbre through his holler, swelled by backups from the rest. Easy to assume they’re aiming to miss the dartboard completely; like a kid hucking for the first time, you figure it out or not…maybe you just Cantell.
Rick (Garett Fujimura) Bass/voxSalvo (Eric Salvador) Drums/voxDap (Daniel Paragas) Guitar/voxMarlon Rando (Randy Markham) Guitar/lead vox
Gripping vocals, shredding lyrics, and a strangely optimistic melancholy are the meat and potatoes of Cantell’s music. A percussive, rock band capable of leaving emo fans shaking, punkers with their jaws on the floor, housewives quivering, and metal kids feeling hip for a second or two. Cantell is as pure and emotional as it gets. With thick layers of instrumentation fronted by Randy Markham, in-your-face voice and a tender ear for sophisticated pop poignancy, Cantell is able to combine the smarts of metal with the boldness of punk. All while crafting tightly produced, hook-laden rock, appealing to indie, folk, and pop fans alike. To put it another way, Cantell takes you to a time when the party has ended. The premises has been vacated, and you’re left to clean up the mess, wondering how you ended up in this situation, reminiscing of how you didn’t get the girl at the party, and how life doesn’t seem to be coming up roses at the moment. Though, even with a dark, moody atmosphere looming overhead, a bit of sunshine cracks through the clouds and promises that tomorrow might, just maybe, be a bit better and the day after that may find you shaking the dust off and picking yourself right back up. Here is a band that hides the optimism, but has plenty of it. This is what you always crave after the dark times seem to be setting in. -Cantell is Randy Markham (Marlon Rando) vocals , Daniel (DAP) guitars, Fuji (Rick) bass and Eric (Salvo) drums.