Jobber Release New Song ‘Hell in a Cell’

    Jobber have released ‘Hell in a Cell’, the title track from their upcoming EP that’s out October 21 on Exploding in Sound. Following lead single ‘Entrance Theme’, it arrives with a music video directed by Steve Marucci. Watch and listen below.

    Discussing the new song, vocalist/guitarist Kate Meizner said in a press release:

    ‘Hell in a Cell’ is basically an allegory. On its surface, it’s a narrative about a fictional wrestler mentally preparing for a match and questioning whether it’s worth it to put her body on the line for the sake of spectacle, which, in this case, is a match set to end with her taking a 30 ft jump off a steel cage a la Undertaker vs Mankind at HIAC 1998. Pulling back the curtain a bit, the lyrics are pretty personal and came out at a time when my job was having an especially negative impact on my health. I wanted to quit so badly, but in the midst of covid-19 related layoffs and economic downturn, everyone was being bludgeoned with anti-labor talking points like…. “why are you complaining about your job? You should feel grateful to even have a job!” The lyrics “Am I ungracious? / Because I won’t turn water into wine / Am I buried forever? / If I start speaking my mind” are from the POV of the wrestler, but also came from a personal place, expressing my anger toward workplaces and their horrendous, exploitative treatment of workers.

    Musically I wrote the heavy intro riff of “Hell in a Cell,” when I was listening to the Helmet album “Betty” on repeat. The intro sounded like the perfect entrance theme for a physically huge, hulking wrestler like Kane or Braun Strowman, and I shaped the song ‘around’ the riff to mirror the cinematic ebb and flow of a wrestling match. Mike F (drums) and Justin P (sound engineer) were instrumental in shaping the dynamics of the song – making the big riff parts sound huge in contrast the quieter parts with delicate guitars and melodies.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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