Ceremony crunch and swirl and resoundly rock out. - Oh My Rockness

Band We Like
June 27, 2011
There's a super sick free show happening at the "House of Vans" (how fancy sounding, Vans) in Greenpoint on Thursday with No Age and Health and Cults. Big names, to be sure. But opening is the little less known band, Ceremony. And they rule just as much.

Ceremony plays loud, distorted rock that sounds straight out of somewhere between London and Manchester and between the years 1989 and 1991. Alas, Ceremony is neither from the past, nor the UK. Ceremony is from Virginia and from the year 2010.

Before Ceremony was a duo, this was a trio called Skywave. One of the guys left Skywave, moved to NYC, and started A Place to Bury Strangers with some other dudes. The other two Skywave guys (Paul Baker and John Fedowitz) soldiered on and, like A Place to Bury Strangers, went and created some seriously ferocious noise-pop of their own as Ceremony.

Both of these guys sing, both play guitars and bass, and both create all the beats using some big time drum machines. It sounds very crunchy and catchy and epic -- like Jesus & Mary Chain meets Modern English meets My Bloody Valentine meets... oh, why even bother with those old band comparisons anymore. Why bother!

Ceremony's album Rocket Fire is really great when you play it loud. In closing, did you know that "Ceremony" is New Order/Joy Division's best song of all time? It's true. The end.

Ceremony plays a FREE show @ House of Vans, on Thursday, June 30th.


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