February 2003
interviewed by Ian C Stewart

Swiss darkwave/gothic rock band Cell Division was formed in Zürich in 1995. They've released one full-length CD, Dissolve. To date they have opened for HIM, playing to a sold-out crowd of 2000 fans, in addition to appearances on many gothic and darkwave compilations.

Their songwriting is often spurred on by guitarist Mirjam G during rehearsals. "Sometimes I bring a guitar riff and the rest of the band gets the idea and brings the rest. Sometimes they think my ideas suck. Sometimes (vocalist) Gelgia brings the melodies and the chords. Often we just play something stupid in the practice room and all of a sudden, there it is, a good rhythm, a catchy melody."

Despite the foreboding moodiness of their music, Cell Division has had its share of Spinal Tap moments. "A funny thing happended to our first demo-tapes. We played at a small club in Zürich. After the show we unloaded our equipment and were preparing to leave. It was raining so we put our tapes under (bassist) Heinz's car, just behind one of the wheels. Heinz was already in the car with the engine running. We yelled at him not to drive away. He must have misunderstood us because that's just what he did, he drove the car out of the parking lot and crushed all the tapes. Now whenever we jam on something useless at band practice, we say 'we can just put that under Heinz's car.'"

Next for Cell Division "From April 28th to May 4th we will be recording a few new songs at the Thommy Hein Studio in Berlin. These few days won't be enough to record a whole album, the rest we'll have to do in our own studio."

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