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Rohnert Park
6/8/2010
 
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Ceremony Post New Track Online, Launch Pre Orders
May 6, 2010
Another track off of the highly anticipated new album from Bay Area, CA's Ceremony has been posted today on www.TheFader.com. "Terminal Addiction" is the second track released off of 'Rohnert Park' - CD/LP/Digital will be available on June 8th from Bridge Nine Records. Head over to TheFader now and check out the new song and if you haven't yet heard the first single, "Sick", it's still up streaming at www.MySpace.com/Bridge9. Additionally, Ceremony has shows confirmed all over the globe, starting later this month in Korea and Japan, West Coast and East Coast release shows in June and a full US tour starting in late July with Punch - tour dates are below.

Pre-orders for 'Rohnert Park' are live now on www.B9Store.com/Ceremony where you can find CD/LP/Digital packages and limited edition items like a screenprinted poster and book (a collection of Ceremony lyrics, anecdotes and photos since the band's inception) titled Society Verse by Ceremony vocalist Ross Farrar. Check out the new items and pre-order the new album from "the best current band in hardcore punk" (AMP Magazine), Ceremony.

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Tour Dates:
w/Bane:
5/21 - Daegu, Korea - Bar.Guess
5/22 - Seoul, Korea - DGBD

w/ Bane and Cruel Hand:
5/26 - Osaka, Japan - King Cobra
5/27 - Nagoya, Japan - Zion
5/28 - Tokyo Kichijoji, Japan - Warp
5/29 - Chiba Minamikashiwa, Japan - Drunkard's Stadium
5/30 - Tokyo Shinjuku, Japan - ACB Hall

w/ Paint It Black:
6/11 - Camarillo, CA - Rock City
6/12 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
6/13 - Berkeley, CA - 924 Gilman

w/ Skin Like Iron:
6/15 - Richmond, CA - TBA
6/16 - Baltimore, MD - Charm City
6/17 - Warren, NJ - Warren American Legion Hall
6/18 - Boston, MA - Cambridge Elk's
6/19 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
6/20 - Philadelphia, CA - Barbary
7/24 - Ojai, CA - Ojai Women's Center

w/ Punch (more TBA):
7/26 - Phoenix, AZ - The Nile
7/27 - El Paso, TX - The Hideaway Lounge
7/28 - Austin, TX - Emo's
7/29 - Ft. Worth, TX - 1919 Hemphill
7/31 - Conway, AR - Soundstage
8/01 - Birmingham, AL - The Firehouse
8/02 - Atlanta, GA - 585 Wells
8/03 - Tampa, FL - Transitions Art Gallery
8/04 - Jacksonville, FL - Warehouse 8B
8/05 - Greensboro, NC - Legitimate Business
8/07 - New York, NY - ABC No Rio
8/08 - New York, NY - Death By Audio
8/09 - Wallingford, CT - Wallingford Legion Hall
8/12 - Providence, RI - AS220
8/13 - Philadelphia, PA - Starlight Ballroom
8/14 - Cleveland, OH - The Tower 2012
8/15 - Chicago, IL - Ronny's
8/20 - Seattle, WA - West Seattle Legion Hall
8/22 - Berkeley, CA - 924 Gilman
 
 
 
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Ceremony Announce Details For 'Rohnert Park'; Due Out 6/8
March 11, 2010
Bay Area CA's Ceremony are excited to announce the release of their third full-length, Rohnert Park, which will be available on June 8th 2010 via Bridge Nine Records. Rohnert Park is the band's finest material to date and mixes elements from their past work while exploring new territory for the band. This new album is equal parts aggressive and incendiary and, dare we say it, catchy. Don't let that fool you, though; Ceremony's punk stomp is apparent on Rohnert Park and Ross Farrar's vocals are as ranting as ever. Recorded this past winter in Oakland, CA with Dan Rathbun (Tragedy, From Ashes Rise), Rohnert Park is unsafe, noisy, dynamic, and pissed. And, most importantly, impressive.

Just north of San Francisco in Sonoma County is Rohnert Park, CA, where several members of Ceremony grew up. The band commented, "Where the owls can't seem to find, yet the geese are well known. Here, you are bound for the pageant, or bound for the bars. Fingers are pointed without the facts. Truth has no direction. You are useless here. Rohnert Park is desolate. Rohnert Park is majestic."

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has returned with a record that will cement them as one of the most destructive and meaningful bands that punk and hardcore has seen in years. Look for Rohnert Park in stores on June 8th - new music will be posted soon.
 
 
 
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Biography
HOME TOWN: Bay Area, CA
MEMBERS:
Ross Farrar - Vocals
Ryan Mattos - Guitars
Anthony Anzaldo - Guitars
Justin Davis - Bass
Jake Cazarotti - Drums

Ceremony is a band in that can’t be lumped into any specific category of simply punk and/or hardcore. Sure, they were named as one of the ‘100 bands you need to know in 2008’ in Alternative Press. Sure, they’ve toured the US, Europe, Canada, and have Japan and Australia in their 2008 plans. And sure, they play fast, loud, aggressive music. But Ceremony is completely different. They don’t care about bios, profiles, status, or anything else. If it was up to Ceremony, all you would see before the release of their upcoming Bridge Nine full-length, Still Nothing Moves You, is artwork and maybe some lyrics. Ceremony is not your typical up-and-comer in the punk and hardcore scene. Ceremony will take over the world - and they will do it on their own terms.

When Ceremony got started back in 2005, they didn’t set out to become one of the best bands in contemporary punk and hardcore. Collectively, they were a group of guys who didn’t know what else to do with themselves and practiced together as a band called Violent World. Eventually, their music was getting played faster and faster until Ceremony was formed. The Bay Area punk band began demanding attention in 2006 with the CD/LP Violence Violence, and it was an instant hardcore classic. Punknews stated “Quite frankly, [Ceremony] have created a modern hardcore masterpiecee” and AP coined them one of 22 bands who won’t stay underground for long. Shortly thereafter, the band started touring and played basements and clubs with the usual suspects. Eventually, they moved on to play shows with Bleeding Through and even getting a slot on the Live 105 radio shows with AFI. Not a bad start for a band who’s songs barely pass the one minute mark and are just as fast and crazy as bands like Black Flag and Bad Brains.

The beauty of Ceremony is that it’s not easy to pinpoint what influences them. Who knew that a band that has a 26-song back catalog that lasts less than 28 minutes in total named their band in homage to Ian Curtis? Ceremony is constantly reinventing themselves musically, and their broad influences like Joy Division, Pink Floyd, Negative Approach, Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies and Tom Waits are obvious reflections of that. Ceremony’s vocalist Ross Farrar said, “Staying inspired is most important. We don’t necessarily incorporate the sounds of the bands we like into our music, but those particular bands have a certain aesthetic degree of emotion that moves people. The minimalism and the repetitive qualities and the lyrical content is all very captivating, and listening to that sound evokes particular emotions in all of us. Whatever, though – we’re just some punk hardcore people making loud sounds.” Equally as influential to Ceremony is the Bay Area of Northern California, where all of the members reside. Ross said, “Love is the Bay Area. It will always influence me. There’s just something about it… you can feel it as soon as you cross the border. “ Ceremony made the stunning Still Nothing Moves You, which has been looming on the horizon for the last two years. The wait was undisputedly worth it.

Still Nothing Moves You was recorded with Dan Rathbun at Polymorph studios in Spring of 2008 in Oakland, CA. Rathbun’s previous work with Tragedy and From Ashes Rise was the perfect blend of a professional and powerful recording with enough grit that wouldn’t compromise the vision of the band. The result is an album that takes hardcore and makes it unsafe and noisy. It’s not a casual listen. There is a structure and penchant for arrangement that makes Still Nothing Moves You a 21 minute experience that is not just a blitz of 21 minutes at one speed – it is incredibly dynamic. From the brooding, discordant, and ominous intro to “Dead Moon California” throughout the album and ending with “Learn/Without” the band gives you time to breathe throughout, but it’s not long before you’re grabbed by the ears and shaken with shouts of “I sleep with women I don’t deserve/wretched/unstable/vulnerable.” Still Nothing Moves You doesn’t have singles and it doesn’t have singing. With lyrics like “I won’t be skullfucked by faith” (from “He-god-Favors Our Undertakings”), Still Nothing Moves You is pure venom and unrestrained anger. It’s hard for a band to follow up with a new album after their previous efforts have been thought of as ‘masterpieces’, but after two solid years of plotting, planning, and writing, Ceremony made a record that will undoubtedly shake things up in an otherwise stale, predictable, and safe punk/hardcore scene. Get ready for Ceremony’s Still Nothing Moves You when it’s unleashed on August 5th, 2008.