KEXP Premiere: Ceremony – The L-Shaped Man

photo by Shawn Brackbill

photo by Shawn Brackbill

A bad breakup rarely calls for celebration, but it is a cause for Ceremony. The Bay Area band builds their fifth full-length around singer Ross Farrar’s recent romantic split, narrating his loss and resulting loneliness almost chronologically. The L-Shaped Man isn’t all about doom and gloom, though, and as the band continues their transformation away from their frenetic hardcore origins toward a sound more akin to the songwriters of their namesake, Joy Division, they maintain a tight precision and sonic clarity, all the while conveying a devastating, yet relatable, sense of raw emotion.

The L-Shaped Man is due May 19th on Matador, but you can listen to the entire LP on through our exclusive premiere below. Also, but sure to catch Ceremony on tour this summer. They’ll be at Neumos in Seattle on July 15th. Grab your tickets here and find more dates here.

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  1. Tom
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Hella tight dude

  2. Meesh
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 3:17 pm | Permalink


  3. Tom C.
    Posted May 13, 2015 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    I am getting my, Interpol, Editors, She Wants Revenge, and Joy Division, fix all in one group. I like it and am going to wear black today. Thanks KEXP for providing so much music to the world, you make a difference.

  4. Mish
    Posted May 14, 2015 at 8:23 pm | Permalink


  5. Paul
    Posted May 15, 2015 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    This album is really beyond the scope of where most other hardcore bands today have progressed. Almost everything this band puts out is amazing.

  6. bluegreengod
    Posted May 18, 2015 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Very Bassy, more so than “Zoo”
    I like how every album has a different sound.
    Especially how Ross has changed his singing styles.

    Thanks KEXP!

  7. xMGx
    Posted May 20, 2015 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    why is the stream down?!

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