Monday, 7 May 2018


Year:  2012
Country:  US
City:  Rohnert Park, CA
Label:  Matador
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock

Punk rock is such a finicky thing. If it’s not avant-garde, or if there’s even a hint of self-awareness, it’s like it’s not even worth the effort. The genre’s core foundations trace back to the DIY mindset, where basement bottom dwellers became widespread heroes whose work would almost always be deemed “unlistenable” by the masses. Consult your history: Most of punk rock’s key names started out in the muck, pushed ahead by select ears, and, more often than not, if you trace back to their earliest releases, you’ll be surrounded by scratchy, four-track recordings, chock-full of one-to-two-minute cuts that lampoon mainstream culture or churn out fractured, ear-splitting noise, replete with attitude. But, all bands evolve. Take American hardcore punk act Ceremony, for example. Since its 2005 inception, the Bay Area quintet has released half a dozen EPs and singles, in addition to three stellar LPs: 2006’s Violence Violence, 2008’s Nothing Moves You, and 2010’s Rohnert Park. It’s all gloomy, dirt-ridden post-punk, aptly taking advantage of its strengths: Ross Farrar’s obstreperous, authoritative vocals and the band’s guitar work that sounds orchestrated by a 17-year-old Phil Spector. It’s been an agreeable evolution for the group, too. Violence Violence sported 20 brilliantly confused thrash punk tracks that never tripped over two minutes, Nothing Moves You capitalized on the group’s clear adoration for doom metal, and the fully realized Rohnert Park eschewed the chunky distortion and penchant for dark experiments for more level-headed garage punk.
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