The day the California lockdown began, inside the Vans complex, post punk rockers CEREMONY recorded a colorful live session for Vans. Check out the band performing their tracks “We Can Be Free” and “In The Spirit World Now” above!
CEREMONY’s sixth album, In the Spirit World Now, was released through Relapse Records on August 23, 2019.
The band explains:
Not sure it comes through in the performance or not, but watching it now feels uncanny. Strange days indeed…hope you enjoy. <3
A special thanks to ‘Spirit World’ sleeve artist Greg Ito for blessing the stage with more of his beautiful paintings as well xx
We’re so incredibly stoked on how this collaboration with renown artist Perry Shall turned out, inspired by CEREMONY lyrics, past and present. According to Perry, this was the most agonizing, painstakingly hand-assembled behemoth of a collage he’s ever done. We think it shows. Four color print available in Iong sleeve and t-shirt versions. Shirts will ship the first week of June! Click below to get yours, stay safe, and wash your hands (not necessarily in that order).
Formed in Rohnert Park, California, in 2005, Ceremony didn’t set out to change the punk/hardcore scene; they were solely looking for something to do. Despite their original intentions, the Bay Area natives quickly released their first EP Ruined in 2005 via Malfunction Records. After signing to Matador Records in 2011, their lineup solidified with Ross Farrar (vocals), Anthony Anzaldo (guitar), Justin Davis (bass), Andy Nelson (guitar), and Jake Casarotti (drums).
Described as “power violence,” Ceremony found their hungry and eager audience by playing basement shows, clubs, and connecting with the scene. Soon, they’d find themself touring the world and gaining attention from music blogs, critics, and established bands like AFI and Converge. Their devoted fan base grew, and it wasn’t uncommon to see them line up around the block from their next club stops. To date, Ceremony released six studio albums, including their 2019 LP, In the Spirit World Now. Get the latest updates on their website.
Art featured in this episode comes from Los Angeles based artist Greg Ito. Ito is a multidisciplinary artist who uses paintings, sculpture, and installation to tailor immersive experiences with a playful approach to cinematic visual cues. Ito’s language is a lexicon of symbols, images, and color schemes aimed to evoke emotional responses to the shared human experience revolving around themes of companionship, hope, loss, and tragedy.
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