Magazine article The Fader

Ceremony: Young at Heart

Magazine article The Fader

Ceremony: Young at Heart

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Ceremony's early output is catalogued on a pack of thrashed out 7-inches and albums. Their youthful frustration comes from a familiar place: the suburbs. In their early years, Ceremony was just one (if excellent) example of countless young hardcore punk bands trying to express malaise and listlessness in raging music. And, like all of those bands, they faced a crossroads when they grew up and began to experience emotions other than anger. But where many bands simply breakup when adult responsibilities take hold, Ceremony kept going, doing their best to evolve and adapt. "We've definitely lost a lot of people, but the turnover in the genre of music that we are a part of is very fast," says guitarist Anthony Anzaldo. "It's a young person's world." Comically illustrating his point, Anzaldo says he just returned from a long tour in Australia--not playing guitar with Ceremony, or even with another hardcore band, but with '80s pop princess Taylor Dane.

In 2010, when Ceremony released Rohnert Park, an album named after their California hometown, they pivoted from the guttural to the gritty, like going from snuff to Scorcese--not abandoning the depths, perse, but finding style and pace. Rohnert Park featured tracks that not only echoed the complacency beating through a teenager's heart but spoke with the dark timbre that only someone who's survived it can construct. Now, with the benefit of hindsight. Ceremony recorded Zoo, their first release through legendary indie hub Matador Records. …

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