Ceremony’s fourth record Zoo is out today through Matador / Remote Control.
The band enlisted producer John Goodmanson (Blood Brothers, Bikini Kill, Sleater Kinney, Weezer) to work with them on this release and he helped the band refine their jagged sound while continuing to pursue themes of exurban alienation and confinement.
The music of Zoo explores punk and post-punk traditions: the rhythm section remains as tense and propulsive as ever, while guitarist Anthony Anzaldo moves with ease from ringing power chords to stealthy leads reminiscent of Gang Of Four and The Cramps. Ross Farrar’s future primitive vocals sometimes recall Pink Flag or Metal Box, ranging from a melodic howl to a muttered incantation.
Ceremony rate this as their “first fully comprehensive sounding record”, which the results both gripping and indelible.
Ceremony also released a live video of ‘World Blue’ directed by Robert Semmer. It was filmed at an awesome show in Manhattan in early 2012 and the video will give you a glimpse of the band’s electrifying live show.
“Zoo, Ceremony’s debut LP for indie stalwart Matador, takes another leap beyond the pit while still maintaining the visceral energy of the group’s years on the hardcore touring circuit” – Spin
“One of the most exhilarating and uncompromising bands in hardcore punk today” – Big Cheese
Ceremony – Zoo is out now via Matador/Remote Control.