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Ceremony are a punk band from Rohnert Park, California, just outside of San Francisco. Their three albums on the Deathwish and Bridge 9 labels are widely seen as the most compelling, unusual and progressive hardcore of the last five years.

For their Matador debut Zoo, produced by John Goodmanson (Blood Brothers, Sleater-Kinney, Girls, Weezer), the band have refined their jagged sound while continuing to pursue themes of exurban alienation and confinement.

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. The result is gripping and indelible.


released March 6, 2012

Ceremony is Anthony Anzaldo, Jake Casarotti, Justin Sean 'Tore Davis, Ross Farrar, Andy Nelson.

Produced and mixed by John Goodmanson.
Recorded September 2011 at London Bridge in Shoreline, WA.
Additional engineering by Eric Corson.
Mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service.

Art direction and layout by Ceremony.
Photography by Ross Farrar.

All songs by Ceremony.


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Track Name: Hysteria
How will we survive
They continue to ask
No one ever does
There’s so much grief
In breaking for bread
All we’ve ever known
No birth without blood
No confusion without us
The book of nightmares carries the moan
Our bodies in a war knot tightening
Track Name: Citizen
Excuse me Mr
Excuse me Ms
I got a problem

I got a lot of em

Are you right here with me
Are you listening
Do you feel similar
Feel anything
There’s no relief for me
I’m just a person
I bow and bend

Afraid of everything

Just a citizen
I can’t breathe out

I can’t breathe in
I can’t explain the state I’m in
It’s getting harder
It’s getting hard

To stay human

To stay being
Track Name: Repeating The Circle
Blown from the sun into the surf
Pushed from the womb to water the earth
Track Name: World Blue
The world’s down with sentiment
Harp strings like I’ve never heard
Family talk they talk a lot
Talking into telephones
I used to have a broken hand
Broken words from broken thoughts
Too much blame on sorry self
I caught the world flu
I saw the world blue
Track Name: Quarantine
Tell the doctor you have a bad life
You carry a knife carry a gun

Parents are white gaudy and slow
Fear is a house without windows
Call the police

Turn me in
When you go out you sit alone
Inside your head cemetery songs
I’m dying I’m dead
As love in the backseat
As heaven sent
Contagious in need of quarantine
Track Name: Brace Yourself
Living from the chest

Living through the day

Under blankets closeted

Behind the night shop closing doors

On the rooftops in panel floors
The man remembers easier days

Before death went searching for his pain

Before day troubles before the stint

Hands cracked and calloused from surroundings
Son replaces father when father dies
He eats dead things to stay alive
His wife became widow it didn’t take long

In the stomach was a stone that dropped from her heart

It stayed in her a year until a crack

The weight of her loss put her on her back

Resistance is a place where nothing lasts
The Pacific is a place where nothing lasts
A Pacific made of ash
Brace yourself

Try to stay alive
Track Name: Adult
Young adults find out that they keep coming back
Back to a corner a street a place to be
Where buildings are nothing but holes in the ground
As we get old changing the colors of walls
Breaking from home crossing the bridge
Living outside the gold state seems amiss
Somewhere I saw faces and hands fighting for space on a clock
It didn’t show time being precious as silver and gold
Proving us we’re wrong all of us move on
We go for a ride we slow down and die
We have to give up the things we love sometimes
That dream about tumbling down a hill in a car
Happened again last night
Some adult life I’m bound
Track Name: Hotel
Been sleeping in hotel rooms
Been finding vacancies
Tearing through the front door
Looking for a new place again
Hotel is home for no one to stay
The sheets pressed and folded

The room calm and black

Window is a blind shade
I’ve gone away again
Track Name: Ordinary People
Ordinary people we do ordinary things
Work is our water and we drink
Our eyes are a condition always moving our minds
Living inside a house of cards
Sublunary people we do sublunary things
Strangers of this world actors playing a disease
Burning through night its love that we crave
Every year every month every single day
Track Name: Nosebleed
My nose bleeds like my father’s did
I’ll never be pure
I’ll always be loved
Track Name: Community Service
The community
This community
Their community
Our community
Which community
Where’s community
What community service
No one wants to be burdened
Track Name: Video
Pacing the room dragging my feet
Watching the fog fill the street
Melody Drive empty at ten
Houses look bolted and low set
The network shows the movies
About persons through the blinds
Watching waiting and everyone cries
I felt the woman come closer
Fifty years moved from picture to picture
Inside it was pouring rain
I could hear the drops hit the screen
And nothing’s the same as it was before
Outside the video
I would have loved to be there
To see it

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