Music Around Town

Ceremony

When: Sun., June 17 2012

Bay Area hardcore punks Ceremony have been making records for seven years, but they finally nailed that sweet spot between fuck-all noise and an amped-up determination to make some real music on Zoo, their fourth album, which was released earlier this year. There's not a whole lotta subtlety in either the band's shotgun riffs or frontman Ross Farrar's lyrics, most of which are about how much people suck and how he's thisclose to giving up on humankind altogether. But that's kinda the point. Not too many bands playing around in the genre these days sound as vital as Ceremony. There's an old-fashioned ruggedness to the group's DIY way of doing things – they've slowly worked their way up the indie chain – and the end result: Zoo isn't a pretty record, but it's a lot more accessible than their past efforts. And in turn it's way more direct at selling you its message. Onstage the band still refuses to play any other way than the one it grew up with. That stubbornness takes it to a completely different place. With White Lung, Homostupids, and Ultra Ultra. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. – Michael Gallucci

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