Ceremony will headline a Friday, June 12 Cellar Door show, with Tony Molina playing a middle slot and Creative Adult opening the evening.
Rohnert Park, California band Ceremony has built a strong following based on the power of their modern punk sound. On their new Matador Records album “The L-Shaped Man,” the band has dug deep into decades past and have fully embraced their new-wave Joy Division roots.
The new album is definitely a breakup album. Breakup albums mark a turning point for a band: the moment when their sound completely changes and reaches a new level of emotional clarity. All that heartbreak and malaise condensed into any single record often makes for a defining piece of work, no matter the genre.
The best records explore the nooks and crannies of sadness, learning it inside and out — celebrating it. Singer Ross Farrar’s recent breakup is used here as a platform to explore loneliness and emotional weariness, but it is by no means a purely sad album. Rather than look inward, Farrar uses his experience to write about what it means to go through something heavy and come out the other side a different person.
A band with as much credibility as Ceremony always tends to pull amazing bands along with them on the road. Such is the case with Los Angeles’ Tony Molina, playing the middle slot of this show. He and his band urgently deliver short, fast and catchy punk gems.
San Francisco’s Creative Adult kick off the night. The band has been gaining a lot of attention in Northern California and judging by the sounds of their recent releases, they’ll be blowing the doors off the place with tons of energy and grit.
This is an early show–doors open at 6pm–open to all ages. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased at Ticketweb.com. The Cellar Door is at 101 West Main Street in Visalia.