Saturday, April 3

Ceremony Rips Up August Hall


August Hall
August 23, 2019

Photos by Raymond Ahner

On the same day as the release of their sixth studio record In The Spirit World Now (which is also their debut on Relapse Records) Rohnert Park-based post-punk band Ceremony celebrated by hosting their record release party at August Hall in San Francisco, and proceeded to rip the roof off the venue.

CeremonyThe band opened their set with “Turn Away the Bad Thing,” (with guitarist Anthony Anzaldo on the keytar) the opening track of the new record, and from there they tore through a setlist that touched on much of their back catalog.

CeremonyTrading the keytar for his guitar, Anzaldo struck the opening notes of “Open Head,” and when vocalist Ross Farrar gave the 1-2 count, the crowd went nuts, with the first couple of rows exploding into a sea of bodies and stage divers. From there the band kept up the frantic pace, even with a stripped-down version of Gary Numan’s “Cars.”

CeremonyCeremony did play a few songs from the latest release, and highlights included “Presaging the End,” “In The Spirit World Now,” and “From Another Age.” They wrapped up their set with both “You’re All the Same” and “Kersed,” while undoubtedly leaving their fans wanting more. And with the new record under their belts, it looks like they will be delivering.

Pissed Jeans

Pissed Jeans

Supporting Ceremony on this evening was Pennsylvania four-piece Pissed Jeans, whose sonic hardcore/post-hardcore noisy guitar driven sound had the crowd up to the front of the stage early into the evening.

Here’s a slideshow with more photos of Ceremony and Pissed Jeans by Raymond Ahner:

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Turn Away the Bad Thing | Open Head | Pressure’s On (Red C cover) | I Want to Put This to an End | The Doldrums (Friendly City) | In the Spirit World Now | Cars (Gary Numan cover) | The Separation | Hysteria | Presaging the End | Exit Fears | Terminal Addiction | From Another Age | Hibernation | California Jungle Dream States End | Sick | You’re All the Same | Kersed

Find out more about Ceremony on their website.

Pissed Jeans:

Check out Pissed Jeans here.


About Author

Raymond Ahner, a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California, is the Photography Editor for SF Sonic. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980's explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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