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Pop / Garage / Beach San Francisco, CA  US


  • Fri

    Nov 20

    San Francisco, CA, US | 9:00pm
  • Thu

    Oct 29

    Navojoa, MX | 4:00pm

    Ceremony @ GAMH w/ Loma Prieta, Forced Order, The She's SHOW 8:30pm DOOR 8pm 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. Ceremonys fifth studio album,The L-Shaped Man, uses singer Ross Farrars recent breakup 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. In order to tell Farrar's story, Ceremony have almost completely stripped back the propulsive hardcore of their previous records, turning every angry outburst into simmering despair. Weve always tried to be minimalists in writing, even if its loud or fast or abrasive, says lead guitarist Anthony Anzaldo. Its really intense when I hear it. Not in a way where you turn everything up to ten. Things are so bare, youre holding this one note for so long and you dont now where its goingto me, thats intensity.That intensity is apparent on Exit Fears, the first full song on the record. It meticulously pairs Justin Davis loping bassline, which pulls the track along, with Anzaldo's icy, minimal guitar work. It brings to mind some alternate version of Joy Division that hasnt quite lost all hope. It gets close to exploding, but instead plays the shadows, never quite rising above a nervous simmer. A lot of the content has to do with loss, and specifically the loss of someone who you care deepl about, Farrar says. There is no way for you to go through something like this artistically and not have really strong emotions of loss and pain. Theres not really any way to hide that.Farrar, for his part, is singing with a new kind of intensity, his baritone swooping and retreating from stressed angst to unsettling near-mutter as he sings, You told your friends you were fine/ you thought you were fine too and later, nothing is ever fine/ nothing ever feels right/ you have to tell yourself you tried. Its the first of many lyrically direct moments, and it should be hard to listen to, but Ceremony have so effortlessly nailed the sound of sadness that it feels great to live inside for awhile. The sound is abetted by producer John Reis, who honed his sound in seminal bands like Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, and Hot Snakes. Much of the gravelly aggression he experimented with in those bands is present onThe L-Shaped Man. There's a story behind the title too. I was speaking to our driver Stephen while on tour, Farrar says. We were talking about men in general and what shape they aretheir body type. I said, I guess men are in the shape of an L. The torso is straight. Vertical. And then you have the little feet at the end. Theres this painter named Leslie Lerner who was living in San Francisco in the 70s and 80s and made these beautiful paintings. He died on my 21st birthday. A lot of the record is about the similarities in our ideas. In what were trying to make. Things that have to do with love and losing love. TICKET INFORMATION Great American Music Hall is an ALL-AGES (6+) venue. No refunds or exchanges are permitted. Once you purchase, you will receive an order confirmation email from Eventbrite on behalf of Slims Presents. IMPORTANT: If you do not see your order confirmation in your inbox, make sure to check your junk/spam folder. If you still do not see your order confirmation, clickhereto access the Eventbritehelpcenter. If you are having any other technical ticketing-related issues with your order, clickhereto contact Eventbrite. For general show info, clickhere.

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    Oct 1

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    Sep 26

    Davis, CA, US | 9:30pm
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    Aug 14

    San Francisco, CA, US | 9:00pm



Bio: "This is one of the best bands in town, period. Their songwriting, their vocal arrangements, their tight playing and their polished yet completely unspoiled, cheery stage presence put them head and shoulders above volumes of their drinking-age peers." -The Bay Bridged

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