WE ARE STORYTELLERS.
The stories our parents told us before going to sleep. The myths, the legends emerging from old times. The dramas of love, war and poverty in the hour-long acts of an opera. The adventures of the human spirit with all its mysteries and emotions.
WE WANT TO CARRY YOU AWAY INTO OUR WORLD OF MUSIC.
We want to unleash feelings and experiences by telling stories and drawing symbols, in the way mankind has done since its existence: through legends, folk tales, theatre, drama, spirituality - and through songs.
WE REINVENT FOLK TALES FOR OUR AGE AS THE VERY ESSENCE OF WHAT THEY ONCE WERE: STORIES OF EVERYDAY LIFE.
We may sing about the future, we may sing about the past - for essentially, they are the same. If you come to experience our show, you will not know what to expect. If days are bright, our performance shall be bright. If they are dark, it will be dark. In any case, we will tell you stories: those you’ve missed in a world where no bed time stories are told anymore, or those which have never been told before.
Cellar Darling was formed by Anna Murphy (vocals, hurdy-gurdy), Merlin Sutter (drums) and Ivo Henzi (guitars & bass) in the summer of 2016. The trio has previously been part of the core of Switzerland's most successful metal band to date, Eluveitie, touring the world in 45+ countries on 6 continents for over a decade, and forming a bond that could overcome any adversity.
Anna, Ivo & Merlin have turned the departure from their old band into a new beginning, and have moved on to create their own distinct sound, while continuing the spirit of musical innovation they have become known for. Cellar Darling’s music is an epic, theatric combination of grand, heavy riffs, powerful drumming, and a unique, both powerful and fragile voice - combined with influences ranging from folk to classical music. Multi-instrumentalist Anna Murphy further colours the band’s sound with her hurdy gurdy and its signature folky, earthy tones, and with the classical flute. The lyrics tell stories and tales both old and new, true to the band's stated mission: “the reinvention of folk tales for our modern age as the very essence of what they once were.”
With their very first release, the single ‘Challenge’, along with the bonus track ‘Fire, Wind & Earth’, released in September 2016 after an intense creative retreat, Cellar Darling is already breaking the boundaries between musical genres, blending rock, metal, and folky melodies into a powerful mix.
"We have fallen. We have screamed. We have battled. We found strength. We will overcome.
‘Challenge’ is about an inner struggle, a battle you are fighting against yourself and the world. It is you, screaming at yourself in the mirror and getting high on new found strength. It is failing, overcoming and achieving. The bipolar dance that is life.
For over 12 years we got to do what we love most in the world, and when it all fell apart one faithful day last summer, we were as stunned as our fans. Eluveitie was our life, having toured the world many times over, meeting fans in all corners of the planet…
What we are left with is the overwhelming support from the best fans in the world, as well as incredible creativity, drive, and the desire to share with the world what we have in store for the future. Friendship and support have helped us through a very dark period, filled with anguish and uncertainty, and we are thankful to both our fans, and the colleagues and friends who came through for us – you know who you are.
One thing that never ceased, is the music flowing in our veins. The three of us have helped each other up and have channeled all that energy into these two songs. We’ve stepped up to the challenge that life threw at us. We are looking forward to continuing our musical journey with you all. For your friendship, we will reward you thousandfold!"
- Anna, Ivo & Merlin
Cellar Darling are currently working on their debut album, scheduled for release on Nuclear Blast records in the summer of 2017.