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Salad Days Magazine | August 23, 2019

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New album ‘In The Spirit World Now’ coming August 23. New single and video for ‘Turn Away The Bad Thing’ available.

Ceremony are back with their most driving, intelligent collection of songs to date. ‘In The Spirit World Now’ marks a milestone for the legendary Californian punk outfit who have stayed true to themselves as songwriters throughout massive sonic growth throughout their long, storied career. It sees Ceremony take another step into a space they can truly call their own, as one of punk’s most unique and forward-thinking bands.

Ceremony‘s lead guitarist Anthony Anzaldo doesn’t want to talk about the fact that his band has been around for over ten years. Or that they’ve drifted away from the hardcore genre that made them, or that they jumped ship from their long-time label, Matador Records, to join Relapse Records instead. Or that their sixth album will mark four years since the iconic punk band has released any new material. These things aren’t really important. What matters is that ‘In The Spirit World Now’ is Ceremony‘s most visceral and hard hitting record yet.

“We knew this had to be the best thing we have ever done. We couldn’t come back after four years with a record that only had a few good songs… Not reflecting on the evolution of the band is what keeps us motivated. There is always a song we haven’t written, a band we haven’t played with, artwork we haven’t thought of. We are creators by nature, not by choice,” Anzaldo admits.

Produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Circa Survive, Turnover) and mixed by engineer Ben Greenberg (The Men, Pharmakon, Hank Wood And The Hammerheads), ‘In The Spirit World Now’ grows with each listen, balancing Yip‘s pop sensibilities with Greenberg‘s noise-punk influence through dramatic, shining synthesizer hooks and a mature vocal strategy. Drummer Jake Casarotti and bassist Justin Davis power through the 11-tracks as a strong yet sparse backbone that interlocks with guitarists Andy Nelson and Anzaldo to create a pop-centric, post-punk canvas for frontman Ross Farrar to expel the most vulnerable parts of himself.

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1. Turn Away The Bad Thing
2. In The Spirit World Now
3. Further I Was
4. /
5. Presaging The End
6. Say Goodbye To Them
7. We Can Be Free
8. //
9. Years Of Love
10. Never Gonna Die Now
11. I Want More
12. From Another Age
13. ///
14. Calming Water

Album Art By: Greg Ito
Photo By: Rick Rodney

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