Rohnert Park, CA’s indefinable practitioners of new-school hardcore punk, Ceremony, recently ripped through The Barbary in Philadelphia with guests Salvation, Watery Love, and Dead People Screaming. Ceremony is still riding high on a wave of momentum from their latest release and Matador Records debut, Zoo, which hit streets in January. With Zoo, fans again found Ceremony abandoning all rules unapologetically and taking a page from more old-school punk rock than the powerviolence tinged material that defined their definitive years. No matter which sound you prefer, it is undeniable that Ceremony’s live show has remained one of the best around within the broad spectrum of modern punk and hardcore, with this recent performance at the Barbary being no exception.
Ceremony hit the stage in what seems like a possessed ritual, flailing about in a whirlwind of organized chaos that incites equally raucous reactions from their rapid following of fans. Despite the band’s unhinged stage presence, the songs come across clearly and poignantly for a evening that is more than worth the modest price of admission. Ceremony will embark upon another US run in May before heading over to Australia for additional touring and fest dates.
Ceremony are never afraid to bring an eclectic offering of bands along for the ride as was evident with performances by Salvation, Watery Love, and Dead People Screaming that all offered their own unique spins on modern hardcore punk. Fans got a little taste of everything during this show, from the dress-sporting front man of DPS swinging balls your face to the violent song interpretations of PA’s Salvation, it’s safe to say all attendees left with a lil’ something to remember.
As the saying goes, a picture speaks a thousand words and we were fortunate to have our Senior Staff Photographer Dante Torrieri on hand to deliver an immaculate set of photos for your viewing pleasure.
All photos by Dante Torrieri of Useless Rebel Imaging
Dead People Screaming
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