Californian punks, Ceremony, release their sixth album, In The Spirit World Now. It is the band’s first album for Relapse following a two album stint with Matador. The band has evolved yet again. This time they blend furious post-punk and rock with anxiety-ridden lyrics to make and album that is likely to blasting from stereos all summer long.
Vinyl LP £17.49 RR74321
LP on Relapse.
CD £13.49 RR74322
CD on Relapse.
Ceremony are a punk/post-punk band from California who formed in 2005. Their sixth studio album 'In The Spirit World Now' is a poppier take on post-punk featuring flirtations with synthesizers and dalliances (only dalliances, mind) with disco.
Ceremony have come up with an admirable attempt to update a pretty stale post-punk sound. I, for one, am sick to the guts with the prevalence of males making beefy post-punk so I went from initial trepidation with this record to mild enjoyment. Props to Ceremony for looking beyond the "punk and post-punk" sections in their local record shop.
This record reminds me of some good stuff like Talking Heads (check the yelpy vocals on 'Say Goodbye To Them'), INXS, and Wire. I love the hectic frenzy of 'Years Of Love' with its discordant guitar motif and slightly whimsical synth part. Singer Ross Farrar has a great voice which is somewhere between Joseph Ramone and Joseph Strummer.
'In The Spirit World Now' is made up of bad songs and good songs. The record's bad parts consist of tired, formulaic post-punk, however the good parts save this album. When the band seem to be having more fun is when they sound best. Guys, buy some more synthesizers, tone up the whimsy, and stop worrying about being surly.
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