Ceremony Lead a Stacked Bill Tonight at The Bowery Ballroom

July 1st, 2015

Ross Farrar (vocals), Anthony Anzaldo (guitar), Jake Casarotti (drums), Justin Davis (bass) and Andy Nelson (guitar) formed their band, Ceremony, almost a decade ago in Sonoma County, Calif., about 50 miles north of San Francisco. Thanks to their loud hardcore-punk sound, they were immediately compared to Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies and Dillinger Escape Plan, with the arrival of their 13-song, 13-minute debut LP, the aggressive Violence Violence (stream it below), in 2006. Over the years, Ceremony (above, their video for “The Separation” and “The Understanding”) have drifted toward a more melodic, post-punk sound, wholly evident on their fifth full-length, The L-Shaped Man (ceremony), which came out in May. The A.V. Club opined, “Ceremony use a broken relationship to break new ground.” And in a glowing review, Paste mentioned “a simmering post-punk sound that evokes the best of the genre’s late ’70s/early ’80s heyday,” and said, “The L-Shaped Man is one of the boldest moves this California quintet has ever taken.” The band is currently out on the road, and you can see them, alongside Pity Sex, Tony Molina and Uniform, tonight at The Bowery Ballroom.