Ceremony are a punk band from Rohnert Park, California, just outside of San Francisco. Their three albums on the Deathwish and Bridge 9 labels are widely seen as the most compelling, unusual and progressive hardcore of the last five years.

For their Matador debut Zoo, produced by John Goodmanson (Blood Brothers, Sleater-Kinney, Girls, Weezer), the band have refined their jagged sound while continuing to pursue themes of exurban alienation and confinement.

Zoo explores punk and post-punk traditions: the rhythm section remains as tense and propulsive as ever, while guitarist Anthony Anzaldo moves with ease from ringing power chords to stealthy leads reminiscent of Gang of Four and The Cramps. Ross Farrar's future primitive vocals sometimes recall Pink Flag or Metal Box, ranging from a melodic howl to a muttered incantation.

The result is gripping and indelible.

Nothing was formed in 2011 by Domenic Palermo. Previously, Palermo was the brains behind the early 2000′s hardcore/punk act Horror Show. In 2002, Horror Show was put on hold after Palermo was incarcerated for a stabbing that eventually led to a 2-year prison sentence. Upon his return, Palermo would take a lengthy hiatus from music. Then, in 2011, Palermo released a demo tape titled Poshlost under the moniker Nothing.

After several attempts at constructing a solid lineup for the band, Palermo met Brandon Setta. Setta would bring a lush, rich soundscape and a fresh approach to Palermo's vision for Nothing. Setta and Palermo would handle the writing for the next release, a very rare 12″ EP that was released on Japanese boutique label Big Love Records called Suns And Lovers (a play off the title of a D.H. Lawrence book). It was limited to 300 copies, and the band's share was donated back to the label for a tsunami relief charity. The next release, Downward Years To Come, was a 5-song EP and was recorded at the Rubber Tracks Studio in Brooklyn with Kyle "Slick" Johnson. The record was released by Baltimore label A389 Records in November 2012. Written by Palermo and Setta, the concept behind Downward Years To Come was a dedication to several poets who had taken their own lives. Setta and Palermo would head into the studio again, this time with Jeff Zeigler at Uniform Recordings, to write their debut LP, Guilty Of Everything. Relapse Records will release the album on March 4th, 2014.

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