Post-punk band Ceremony have announced that they will release their fifth full-length, The L-Shaped Man, on May 19 via Matador Records. The band also released an extended Ross Thomas-directed music video comprising two new songs: “The Separation” and “The Understanding.” View the video below.
Guitarist Anthony Anzaldo explained the band’s shift from hardcore leanings to heavy Joy Division influences: “We’ve always tried to be minimalists in writing, even if it’s not loud or fast or abrasive. It’s really intense when I hear it. Not in a way where you turn everything up to ten. Things are so bare, you’re holding this one note for so long and you don’t know where it’s going — to me, that’s intensity.”
“A lot of the content has to do with loss, and specifically the loss of someone who you care deeply about,” added vocalist Ross Farrar. “There is no way for you to go through something like this artistically and not have really strong emotions of loss and pain.”
Ceremony will play a few shows in the U.S., followed by a festival appearance in the U.K. See those dates, as well as the cover art for The L-Shaped Man, below.
The band released Zoo in 2012.
Ceremony Tour Dates
Friday, May 22 – 924 Gillman St, Berkeley CA (with Negative Approach)
Saturday, May 23 – Echoplex, Los Angeles CA (with Negative Approach)
Wednesday, July 1 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Saturday, August 8 – Visions Festival, London, UK