Zoo (Bonus Track Version) by Ceremony on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

It's somewhat improbable that Ceremony’s key flavors are the distinctly different tones of Joy Division and Suicidal Tendencies, but that pretty neatly sums up this Northern California outfit. Ceremony’s early work was bristling and melodic hard punk, and its previous full-length, 2010’s Rohnert Park, injected a whiff of 1979-era Manchester, England (home of Joy Division, The Fall, and an entire genre of post-punk). On Zoo, Ceremony's Matador debut, the quintet melds a fondness for melodic, old-school punk and first-wave post-punk (à la Wire, Swell Maps, Joy Division). The songs zero in on their marks with deftness and unerring precision. The urgency in the repetitive, pummeling “Hysteria,” the galloping guitar riffage of “Citizen,” and the Mancunian gloom of “Repeating the Circle” make clear the band’s intent. Shake two parts musical history—vigorously, violently—with one part brutally tidy, unsparingly disciplined ooomph and serve straight up. It’s a simple recipe for powerful, visceral, and modern punk rock music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It's somewhat improbable that Ceremony’s key flavors are the distinctly different tones of Joy Division and Suicidal Tendencies, but that pretty neatly sums up this Northern California outfit. Ceremony’s early work was bristling and melodic hard punk, and its previous full-length, 2010’s Rohnert Park, injected a whiff of 1979-era Manchester, England (home of Joy Division, The Fall, and an entire genre of post-punk). On Zoo, Ceremony's Matador debut, the quintet melds a fondness for melodic, old-school punk and first-wave post-punk (à la Wire, Swell Maps, Joy Division). The songs zero in on their marks with deftness and unerring precision. The urgency in the repetitive, pummeling “Hysteria,” the galloping guitar riffage of “Citizen,” and the Mancunian gloom of “Repeating the Circle” make clear the band’s intent. Shake two parts musical history—vigorously, violently—with one part brutally tidy, unsparingly disciplined ooomph and serve straight up. It’s a simple recipe for powerful, visceral, and modern punk rock music.

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About Ceremony

Dealing in hardcore punk that's punctuated with explosive fits of sonic violence, Ceremony formed in the California Bay area in 2005. With a sound that fused the no-nonsense hardcore of bands like Black Flag and Suicidal Tendencies with the unpredictable outbursts of Dillinger Escape Plan, the band cultivated a brutal sound that owed just as much to power violence as it did to old-school punk. In 2006, the band made their full-length debut with Violence, Violence, a 13-song, 13-minute long album that found the band exploding onto the scene in a burst of unfiltered aggression. The quintet followed up with a pair of releases, 2008's Still, Nothing Moves You and 2010's Rohnert Park, released on Bridge 9 Records. The band eventually began to tinker with their sound, tempering their raw, aggressive approach with post-punk influences like Wire and the Fall. After a surprising move to indie giant Matador, the band debuted their new sound in 2012 with the release of their fourth album, Zoo. By the time of 2015's L-Shaped Man, traces of their hardcore roots were all but gone in favor of a more melodic, brooding sound that recalled bands like Joy Division and Bauhaus. ~ Gregory Heaney

  • ORIGIN
    San Francisco, CA
  • FORMED
    2005

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