Ceremony

Full Discography

LPs
  • Zoo - OLE-965 - 2012-03-06

Biography

Formed in Rohnert Park, California, the band originally formed as Violent World until later changing the name to Ceremony. In 2005, the band released the EP Ruined on Malfunction Records. This release was followed by their critically acclaimed first full-length album, Violence Violence, which included a re-recorded version of the Ruined EP. 2008 saw the release of Still Nothing Moves You, the band's first release on Bridge 9 Records, described by Keith Carman in Exclaim! magazine as "hardcore's equivalent of Hiroshima", which placed on Billboard's Top Internet and Top Heatseekers charts in August 2008. After touring all around the world[citation needed] with bands including Blacklisted, Converge, and AFI, they have released new music, including their third full-length album Rohnert Park in 2010. In 2011, the band confirmed they had signed with Matador Records, and their final Bridge 9 release would be a covers-only EP, featuring the band's take on songs by Urban Waste, Pixies, Crisis, Eddie and the Subtitles, Vile and Wire. In March 2012, the band released the album Zoo on Matador Records which was a departure from the harder style even more so than the Rohnert Park album was, with the new record focusing on a more pre-hardcore punk sound in the style of Wire's Pink Flag (1977) album.

News From The Matablog

Ceremony - New U.S. Dates





(photo by Shawn Brackbill)

A few days following the release of the amazing 'The L-Shaped Man', Ceremony are hitting the road ; dates and available ticket links can be found below. 

Friday, May, 22 - 924 Gilman Street, Berkeley CA*
Saturday, May, 23 - Echoplex, Los Angeles CA*
Friday, June, 12 - Cellar Door, Visalia CA^$
Saturday, June, 13 - Strong Hold, 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 &^
Wednesday, July, 1 - Bowery Ballroom, New York NY &^#
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 &^$
Saturday, August 8 - Visions Festival, London, UK

* w/ Negative Approach 
& w/ Pity Sex 
^ w/ Tony Molina 
# w/ Uniform 
$ w/ Creative Adult 
+ w/ Radioactivity

Pre-order 'The L-Shaped Man' on iTunes ($7.99) and and get instant downloads of "The Separation" and "The Understanding". Plus iTunes exclusive bonus track "Vivication" and iTunes exclusive pre-order only bonus track, "The Hide". Both bonus tracks will be delivered with the album on May 19 release date. 

You can also preorder on Amazon MP3 and receive instant downloads of "The Separation" and "The Understanding" (click on the Amazon MP3 store option in order to receive instant downloads). 

Preorder the CD and sea foam green colored LP on the Matador Store: 

Also via the Matador Store you can pre-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 Ceremony vocalist, Ross Farrar, which parallels lyrics from 'The L-Shaped Man'. 

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CEREMONY : 'The L-Shaped Man' Coming May 19 ; Video Premiere for "The Separation" & "The Understanding



("The Separation" and "The Understanding", directed by Ross Thomas)



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.



(photo by Shawn Brackbill)

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 telling 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 deeply 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."

Pre-order 'The L-Shaped Man' on iTunes ($7.99) and and get instant downloads of "The Separation" and "The Understanding". Plus iTunes exclusive bonus track "Vivication" and iTunes exclusive pre-order only bonus track, "The Hide". Both bonus tracks will be delivered with the album on May 19 release date. 

You can also pre-order on Amazon MP3 and receive instant downloads of "The Separation" and "The Understanding" (click on the Amazon MP3 store option in order to receive instant downloads). 

Pre-order the CD and sea foam green colored LP on the Matador Store: 

Also on the Matador Store you can pre-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 Ceremony vocalist, Ross Farrar, which parallels lyrics from The L-Shaped Man. 

Tour Dates: 
Friday, May 22 - 924 Gillman St, Berkeley CA*
On sale Thursday, March 26
Saturday, May 23 - Echoplex, Los Angeles CA*
On sale Thursday, March 26
Wednesday, July 1 - Bowery Ballroom, New York NY 
(Amex presale starts April 1 at noon eastern, general public sale starts April 3 at noon). 
Saturday, August 8 - Visions Festival, London, UK

* = w/ Negative Approach

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Matador At Austin's Mid-March Trade Fair : Get Off My Lawn (And Stay In My Overpriced AirBNB Instead) Edition



Alright, the moment is almost upon us. Well, upon me, actually.  The moment when my adopted hometown is overrun by the craven, the venal, the self-important and self-entitled hordes demanding free drinks, free drugs and drowning out all nuanced musical performances with their hyena-like cackling.  But enough about the Matador staff, there's loads of other horrible people descending on Austin and they DESERVE to know exactly where and when Ceremony, Iceage, Steve Gunn and The New Pornographers are appearing. And as such, Robby has carefully amended a classic Mark Ohe Matador flyer (above) --- he was under strict instructions to "appropriate that shit like Robin Thicke", and we couldn't be happier with the results. Short of the entire week being cancelled, that is.  See you in the pit(s of hell). 

Tonight: Ceremony in Brooklyn (FREE)



Ceremony's tour with Nothing & Iron Lung pushes on, landing in NYC tonight as part of a free bill at The Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Bad Side open. We'll see you out.

Details on admission here

Friday, July 18, 2014 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Saturday, July 19, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
Sunday, July 20, 2014 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
Monday, July 21, 2014 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - Charlotte, NC - Casbah at Tremont Music Hall
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - Atlanta, GA - Mammal Gallery
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - Orlando, FL - The Social
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - New Orleans, LA - Mudlark
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
Monday, July 28, 2014 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - Tucson, AZ - 191 Warehouse
Friday, August 01, 2014 - West Hollywood, CA - Roxy Theatre
Saturday, August 02, 2014 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop

 

Ceremony - Summer US Dates

Ceremony will be entering the studio shortly to commence work on the long-anticipated followup to 2012's 'Zoo' ;  either we'll be pestering you with more details in the near future or you'll be reading about it on one of the music news sites we optimistically call "partners" --- perhaps both. 



Tuesday, June 3, 2014 La Jolla CA Che Cafe Collective (all ages)
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 Portland OR Slabtown (all ages)
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 Seattle WA The Black Lodge (all ages)
Thursday, July 10, 2014 Boise ID The Crux (all ages)



Friday, July 11, 2014 Salt Lake City UT The Shred Shed*** (all ages)
Saturday, July 12, 2014 Denver CO Marquis Theater*** (all ages)
Sunday, July 13, 2014 Omaha NE, Slowdown Jr.***(all ages)



Monday, July 14, 2014 St. Louis MO The Demo % (all ages)
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Chicago IL Subterranean % (all ages)
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Grand Rapids MI Pyramid Scheme % (all ages)
Thursday, July 17, 2014 Cleveland OH Now That’s Class % (all ages)



Friday, July 18, 2014 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Night Bazaar* (all ages)
Saturday, July 19, 2014 Philadelphia PA First Unitarian Church*& (all ages)
Sunday, July 20, 2014 Cambridge MA The Sinclair* (all ages)
Monday, July 21, 2014 Washington DC Rock & Roll Hotel* (all ages)
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Charlotte NC Casbah at Tremont Music Hall*% (all ages)
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Atlanta GA Mammal Gallery* (all ages)
Thursday, July 24, 2014 Orlando FL The Social * (ages 12 and over)
Friday, June 25, 2014 Gainesville FL The Atlantic Nightspot (18+, under 18+ admitted with parent)
Saturday, July 26, 2014 The Social New Orleans LA Mudlark (all ages)
Sunday, July 27, 2014 Houston TX Fitzgerald’s (all ages)
Monday, July 28, 2014 Dallas TX Trees** (all ages)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Austin TX Mohawk** (all ages)
Wednesday June 30, 2014 El Paso TX Tricky Falls (all ages)
Thursday, July 31, 2014 Tucson AZ 191 Warehouse (all ages)
Friday, August 01, 2014 West Hollywood CA Roxy Theatre (all ages)
Saturday, August 02, 2014 San Francisco CA Rickshaw Stop (all ages)
Sunday, August 3, 2014 Bakersfield CA Munoz Gym (all ages)

* – Iron Lung support
** – supporting Boris
***- with Angel Dust, Forced Order
& -with Nothing, Dangers
# - with Boris, Nothing
% -with Nothing 

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