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California Punks Ceremony Face Mortality With “In The Spirit World Now”

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The first few seconds of In The Spirit World Now, the sixth studio album by Californian five-piece Ceremony, may explode with ecstatic synths and a hooky bassline, but its first line makes it immediately evident why the band’s name was taken from one of the last songs Joy Division wrote together: “It’s getting harder for me to be all right,” vocalist Ross Farrar gravely intones.

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Big Ups: Ceremony Pick Their Favorite Bands on Bandcamp

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The California group Ceremony underwent a massive stylistic transition between their 2012 album Zoo and 2015’s The L-Shaped Man. Where the former favored gnarled, roiling, punk-informed songs, the latter was ice-cold post-punk, loose coils of guitar encircling Ross Farrar’s dark, haunted vocals. So it’s no surprise that, when we asked them to pick their favorite albums on Bandcamp, the resulting choices would swing wildly between those two poles. From raging hardcore to orchestral goth, here are Ceremony’s top Bandcamp picks.

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