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Breakup albums mark a turning point for a band: the moment when their sound completely changes and reaches a new level of emotional clarity. All that heartbreak and malaise condensed into any single record often makes for a defining piece of work, no matter the genre. The best records explore the nooks and crannies of sadness, learning it inside and out — celebrating it.

Ceremony’s fifth studio album, The L-Shaped Man, uses singer Ross Farrar’s recent breakup as a platform to explore loneliness and emotional weariness, but it is by no means a purely sad album. Rather than look inward, Farrar uses his experience to write about what it means to go through something heavy and come out the other side a different person.

In order to tell Farrar's story, Ceremony have almost completely stripped back the propulsive hardcore of their previous records, turning every angry outburst into simmering despair. “We’ve always tried to be minimalists in writing, even if it’s loud or fast or abrasive,” says lead guitarist Anthony Anzaldo. “It’s really intense when I hear it. Not in a  way where you turn everything up to ten. Things are so bare, you’re holding this one note for so long and you don’t now where it’s going—to me, that’s intensity.” That intensity is apparent on “Exit Fears,” the first full song on the record. It meticulously pairs Justin Davis’ loping bassline, which pulls the track along, with Anzaldo's icy, minimal guitar work. It brings to mind some alternate version of Joy Division that hasn’t quite lost all hope. It gets close to exploding, but instead plays the shadows, never quite rising above a nervous simmer.

“A lot of the content has to do with loss, and specifically the loss of someone who you care deepl about,” Farrar says. “There is no way for you to go through something like this artistically and not have really strong emotions of loss and pain. There’s not really any way to hide that.” Farrar, for his part, is singing with a new kind of intensity, his baritone swooping and retreating from stressed angst to unsettling near-mutter as he sings, “You told your friends you were fine/ you thought you were fine too…” and later, “nothing is ever fine/ nothing ever feels right/ you have to tell yourself you tried.” It’s the first of many lyrically direct moments, and it should be hard to listen to, but Ceremony have so effortlessly nailed the sound of sadness that it feels great to live inside for awhile.

The sound is abetted by producer John Reis, who honed his sound in seminal bands like Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, and Hot Snakes. Much of the gravelly aggression he experimented with in those bands is present on The L-Shaped Man.

There's a story behind the title too. “I was speaking to our driver Stephen while on tour,” Farrar says. “We were talking about men in general and what shape they are…their body type. I said, ‘I guess men are in the shape of an L. The torso is straight. Vertical. And then you have the little feet at the end.’ There’s this painter named Leslie Lerner who was living in San Francisco in the ‘70s and ‘80s and made these beautiful paintings. He died on my 21st birthday. A lot of the record is about the similarities in our ideas. In what we’re trying to make. Things that have to do with love and losing love.”

News From The Matablog

Ceremony Shares 'The L-Shaped Man: Demo Recordings,' Announces Tour Dates in Mexico



Earlier this morning Ceremony shared demos from their fifth studio album The L-Shaped Man which was released officially last month. "We never recorded demos for an album before and we wanted to showcase the journey we went on to create this album," says Ceremony's Anthony Anzaldo. The band are at the front end of a long line of touring this summer across North America and (announced today) Mexico.

Stream The L-Shaped Man: Demo Recordings on Spotify in the link below:

http://mata.do/1NgHWJm

North American Tour Dates:

Tuesday, June, 23 – The Social, Orlando FL^!
Wednesday, June, 24 – Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta GA^!
Thursday, June, 25 – Kings, Raleigh NC^!
Friday, June, 26 – Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC &^
Saturday, June, 27 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA &^
Sunday, June, 28 – Cuisine en Locale, Somerville MA &^
Monday, June, 29 – The Space, Hamden CT &^
Wednesday, July, 1 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY &^#
Friday, July, 3 – La Sala Rossa, Montreal QC, Canada &^
Saturday, July, 4 – The Garrison, Toronto ON, Canada &^
Sunday, July, 5 – Mohawk Place, Buffalo NY &^
Monday, July, 6 – Now That’s Class, Cleveland OH &^
Tuesday, July, 7 – Marble, Detroit MI &^
Wednesday, July, 8 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL &^
Thursday, July, 9 – The Frequency, Madison WI &^
Friday, July, 10 – 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis MN &^
Saturday, July, 11 – Sweatshop Gallery, Omaha NE &^$
Sunday, July, 12 – Moon Room, Denver CO &^$
Monday, July, 13 – Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT &^$
Tuesday, July, 14 – The Shredder, Boise ID &^$
Wednesday, July, 15 - Neumo’s, Seattle WA &^$
Thursday, July, 16 – Analog Café, Portland OR &^$
Friday, July, 17 – Holland Project, Reno NV ^$

^ w/ Tony Molina
# w/ Uniform
$ w/ Creative Adult
+ w/ Radioactivity
! w/ Wild Honey

European dates :

Wednesday, August, 5 – Pokalen, Oslo Norway
Thursday, August, 6 – Skjul Fyra Sex, Gothenburg Sweden (Door sales only)
Saturday, August, 8 – Visions Festival, London UK
Sunday, August, 9 – Bodega, Nottingham UK
Monday, August, 10 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Tuesday, August, 11 – Broadcast, Glasgow UK
Wednesday, August, 12 – Sound Control, Manchester UK
Thursday, August, 13 – Winston, Amsterdam
Friday, August, 14 – Leperfest, Leper, Belgium
Saturday, August, 15 – Underground, Cologne, Germany
Sunday, August, 16 – Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
Monday, August, 17 – Bator, Paris, France w/ Iceage

Mexico Dates:

Thursday, September, 3 - Nomadx Fest, Hermosillo, Mexico
Friday, September, 4 - Foro Independencia - Guadalajara, Mexico
Saturday, September, 5 -Wird Fest, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Sunday, September, 6 - Foro Alicia, Mexico City, Mexico

Ceremony North American Tour Kicks Off Tonight



Just a reminder that Ceremony's massive U.S. and Canadian tour in support of the just released 'The L-Shaped Man' starts tomorrow evening in lovely San Diego tonight in beautiful Visalia, CA.  Ticket links and all-star supports are listed below : 

Friday, June 12 - Cellar Door , Visalia, CA^$
Saturday, June, 13 - Legend Records, San Diego CA^#
Sunday, June, 14 - The Rebel Lounge, Phoenix AZ^#
Monday, June, 15 - Club Congress, Tucson AZ^#
Tuesday, June, 16 - Tricky Falls, El Paso TX^#
Wednesday, June, 17 - Red 7, Austin TX^#+
Thursday, June, 18 - Sons of Hermann, Dallas TX^#+
Friday, June, 19 - Walters, Houston TX^#
Saturday, June, 20 - One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans LA^!
Sunday, June, 21 - The Atlantic, Gainsville FL^!
Monday, June, 22 - Epic Problem, Tampa FL^!
Tuesday, June, 23 - The Social, Orlando FL^!
Wednesday, June, 24 - Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta GA^!
Thursday, June, 25 - Kings, Raleigh NC^!
Friday, June, 26 - Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC &^
Saturday, June, 27 - Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA &^
Sunday, June, 28 - Cuisine en Locale, Somerville MA &^
Monday, June, 29 - The Space, Hamden CT &^
Wednesday, July, 1 - Bowery Ballroom, New York NY &^#
Friday, July, 3 - La Sala Rossa, Montreal QC, Canada &^
Saturday, July, 4 - The Garrison, Toronto ON, Canada &^
Sunday, July, 5 - Mohawk Place, Buffalo NY &^
Monday, July, 6 - Now That's Class, Cleveland OH &^
Tuesday, July, 7 - Marble, Detroit MI &^
Wednesday, July, 8 - Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL &^
Thursday, July, 9 - The Frequency, Madison WI &^
Friday, July, 10 - 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis MN &^
Saturday, July, 11 - Sweatshop Gallery, Omaha NE &^$
Sunday, July, 12 - Moon Room, Denver CO &^$
Monday, July, 13 - Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT &^$
Tuesday, July, 14 - The Shredder, Boise ID &^$
Wednesday, July, 15 - Neumo's, Seattle WA &^$
Thursday, July, 16 - Analog Café, Portland OR &^$
Friday, July, 17 - Holland Project, Reno NV ^$

^ w/ Tony Molina
# w/ Uniform
$ w/ Creative Adult
+ w/ Radioactivity
! w/ Wild Honey

European dates : 

Wednesday, August, 5 – Pokalen, Oslo Norway
Thursday, August, 6 - Skjul Fyra Sex, Gothenburg Sweden (Door sales only)
Saturday, August, 8 – Visions Festival, London UK
Sunday, August, 9 – Bodega, Nottingham UK
Monday, August, 10 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Tuesday, August, 11 – Broadcast, Glasgow UK
Wednesday, August, 12 – Sound Control, Manchester UK
Thursday, August, 13 – Winston, Amsterdam
Friday, August, 14 – Leperfest, Leper, Belgium
Saturday, August, 15 – Underground, Cologne, Germany
Sunday, August, 16 – Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
Monday, August, 17 - Bator, Paris, France w/ Iceage

via the Matador Store you can order a special bundle that includes the CD or colored vinyl LP of 'The L-Shaped Man', along with a Ceremony T-shirt and/or a 36-page limited edition book of poems Ross Farrar.

'The L-Shaped Man' is also available from the following : 

Ceremony store
iTunes
Amazon
Google Play

Ceremony online activities : 

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CEREMONY "YOUR LIFE IN FRANCE" (LIBERATION REMIX)

A new album and a new sound brings a new remix by David West (Total Control/Rat Columns/Rank Xerox) of Ceremony's 'Your Life in France', from the freshly released 'The L-Shaped Man'. Have a listen to Liberation's remix below.



Upcoming tour dates listed below:
Friday, June, 12 – Cellar Door, Visalia CA^$
Saturday, June, 13 – Legend Records, San Diego CA^#
Sunday, June, 14 – The Rebel Lounge, Phoenix AZ^#
Monday, June, 15 – Club Congress, Tucson AZ^#
Tuesday, June, 16 – Tricky Falls, El Paso TX^#
Wednesday, June, 17 – Red 7, Austin TX^#+
Thursday, June, 18 – Sons of Hermann, Dallas TX^#+
Friday, June, 19 – Walters, Houston TX^#
Saturday, June, 20 – One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans LA^
Sunday, June, 21 – The Atlantic, Gainsville FL^
Monday, June, 22 – Epic Problem, Tampa FL^
Tuesday, June, 23 – The Social, Orlando FL^
Wednesday, June, 24 – Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta GA^
Thursday, June, 25 – Kings, Raleigh NC^
Friday, June, 26 – Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC &^
Saturday, June, 27 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA &^
Sunday, June, 28 – Cuisine en Locale, Somerville MA &^
Monday, June, 29 – The Space, Hamden CT &^
Wednesday, July, 1 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY &^#
Friday, July, 3 – La Sala Rossa, Montreal QC, Canada &^
Saturday, July, 4 – The Garrison, Toronto ON, Canada &^
Sunday, July, 5 – Mohawk Place, Buffalo NY &^
Monday, July, 6 – Now That’s Class, Cleveland OH &^
Tuesday, July, 7 – Marble, Detroit MI &^
Wednesday, July, 8 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL &^
Thursday, July, 9 – The Frequency, Madison WI &^
Friday, July, 10 – 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis MN &^
Saturday, July, 11 – Sweatshop Gallery, Omaha NE &^$
Sunday, July, 12 – Moon Room, Denver CO &^$
Monday, July, 13 – Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT &^$
Tuesday, July, 14 – The Shredder, Boise ID &^$ —VENUE HAS MOVED TO THE WATERCOOLER
Wednesday, July, 15 - Neumo’s, Seattle WA &^$
Thursday, July, 16 – Analog Café, Portland OR &^$
UK / EU
Wednesday, August, 5 - Pokalen, Oslo Norway
Thursday, August, 6 - Skjul Fyra Sex, Gothenburg Sweden (Door sales only)
Saturday, August, 8 - Visions Festival, London UK
Sunday, August, 9 - Bodega, Nottingham UK
Monday, August, 10 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Tuesday, August, 11 - Broadcast, Glasgow UK
Wednesday, August, 12 - Sound Control, Manchester UK
Thursday, August, 13 - Winston, Amsterdam
Friday, August, 14 - Leperfest, Leper, Belgium
Saturday, August, 15 - Underground, Cologne, Germany
Sunday, August, 16 - Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
Monday, August, 17 - Bator, Paris, France w/ Iceage
* w/ Negative Approach & w/ Pity Sex ^ w/ Tony Molina # w/ Uniform $ w/ Creative Adult + w/ Radioactivity Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

CEREMONY UK/EU TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT

Good news! Ceremony are returning to the UK and Europe this August for the first time since 2012, for a string of headline and festival dates to showcase their new album The L-Shaped Man which was released worldwide as of last week.

Tour dates:

August 5th: Pokalen - Oslo, Norway TICKETS

August 6th: Skjul Fyra Sex - Gothenburg, Sweden (Door sales only)

August 8th: Visions Festival - London, UK TICKETS

August 9th: Bodega - Nottingham, UK TICKETS

August 10th: Brudenell Social Club - Leeds, UK TICKETS

August 11th: Broadcast, Glasgow UK TICKETS

August 12th: Sound Control - Manchester, UK TICKETS

August 13th: Winston - Amsterdam, Netherlands TICKETS

August 14th: Ieperfest - Ieper, Belgium TICKETS

August 15th: Underground - Cologne, Germany TICKETS

August 16th: Hafenklang - Hamburg. Germany TICKETS

August 17th: Batofar - Paris, France TICKETS

 

Tickets will be on sale as of 10am on Friday (29th May).

 

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Out Today : Ceremony - 'The L-Shaped Man', SF Instore Tonight



(photo by Shawn Brackbill)

After subjecting you to a wait that can only be described as cruel, the countdown to the release of Ceremony's new album, 'The L-Shaped Man', is finally over.  To mark this joyous occasion, you can catch Ceremony tonight at San Francisco's Vacation (651 Larkin Street) at 8pm.  All ages are admitted and it's free (because what kind of monsters charge you money for an instore?)



In addition to to Ceremony's relentless North American touring schedule, their plans for this weekend as as follows :

Friday, May 22:  924 Gilman St., Berkeley CA (w/ Negative Approach, Synthetic ID, Wild Moth, Busted Outlook)
Saturday, May 23: Echoplex, Los Angeles CA  (w/ Negative Approach, Gun Outfit, Mrs. Magician, DJ Wesley Eisold)

For those who prefer shopping from the comfort of their own home to the effervescent repartee you find in an actual record shop, you can order 'The L-Shaped Man' on iTunes ($7.99)

You can also order fromAmazon MP3.

The CD and sea foam green colored LP version are available from the Matador Store:

Also via the Matador Store you can order a special bundle that includes the CD or colored vinyl LP along with a Ceremony T-shirt and/or a 36-page limited edition book of poems by Ross Farrar which parallels lyrics from 'The L-Shaped Man'.

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