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Hear This: Ceremony at Great American Music Hall 

Wednesday, Oct 28 2015

If you travel the world visiting DIY punk communities, there are a few bands people will always ask about once they hear you're from the Bay Area. One of those is Ceremony, the power-violence turned post-punk group that has grown up under the watchful eye of punk opinion. Everyone seems to have a take on the group, but one thing is clear: together, they have made their mark on the Bay Area DIY music community, positioning themselves as globe-trotting standard-bearers for the area. But it's been a long journey. From packing their fists full of rage on "Kersed," to anthemic singing on "Hysteria," to measuring the loss in "The Separation," Ceremony has become – at least to hardcore kids – as much a part of the Bay Area as the Golden Gate Bridge they had to cross to get here from Rohnert Park. And because of that, we've intently watched, talked about, and cheered on our hometown heroes as they rise, falter, and rise again in the public eye with each artistic risk and redirection. Pitchfork may have skewered the group's latest offering, The L-Shaped Man, but there will be a line of people at the door of this show ready to wipe their collective asses with that review. Other bands that punks around the world might ask a Bay Area resident about are Loma Prieta and the now-defunct Punch – two outfits that shar(ed) one of greatest drummers to ever sit on a throne in punk/hardcore music: ValSaucedo. Watching him take charge as Loma performs material from its fifth full-length album, Self Portrait, will be worth the price of admission.


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Matt Saincome

Matt Saincome

Matt Saincome is SF Weekly's former music editor.


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