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Hysteria 02:33
How will we survive They continue to ask No one ever does There’s so much grief In breaking for bread Hysteria
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
Citizen 02:04
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
Blown from the sun into the surf Pushed from the womb to water the earth
World Blue 01:37
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
Quarantine 03:06
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
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
Adult 03:05
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
Hotel 02:30
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
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
Nosebleed 04:22
My nose bleeds like my father’s did I’ll never be pure I’ll always be loved
The community This community Their community Our community Which community Where’s community What community service No one wants to be burdened
Video 04:29
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 Video Real


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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