To complete a mundane task is to do something truly boring. Gazing out a train window allows you to observe the daily lives of others from a distance. I notice workers on their bikes, shop doorways opening up, children walking to school and vans pulling up on the curb. As it rises, the sun lights up dark corners protected by the trees, houses and parked cars.
I begin to notice the sound coming from my headphones. If it were a drink it would be dark in colour, spicy in flavour and good for numbing a bad day. The voice sounds familiar, but I know it’s new to me. It begins to speak. “My head is full of wasps, you all serve to piss me off.” It becomes coarse. “I’m drowning, but I do not die.” The coarseness begins to grow. “Take me.” Five minutes into the song and the voice peaks. It has transcended fully into the darkness. A minute later and multiple voices, reminiscent of Pink Floyd, begin to sound. The madness has struck and the voice is gone.
Curf. An album, that until this morning, had not fully hit me. It came at me like a bulldozer. The lyrics written and performed by my friend Djinn suddenly stood out. They were relatable, confused, angry and honest. The music of Celladoor is versatile because it can play in the background unnoticed and softly fill a room. However, it can also demand my full attention and insist every note is listened to.
Limbo is where it all started. As I listen to the cries of anger and the mental struggle that comes with so many conditions, the music morphs into each feeling. It lets me through a door into Djinn’s mind. It wants to communicate. Just like the greats before him such as Kurt Cobain who didn’t know his own musical strength. He hated the hits, was frustrated with those who didn’t understand him and had a genius ability with music that allowed him to break boundaries and produce something that would allow an outsider in.
The music of Celladoor is a release. The sound produced is the demons inside escaping into the real world. It’s not about being popular, famous or following a crowd. It’s about self-healing and being true to ones self.
The 25th June marks the date that the new EP Happy Place will be released. To keep in touch with the band, Celladoor can be reached on: