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
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.