RIYL: Weekend Nachos, A Place to Bury Strangers, Nothing, Pissed Jeans

Label: Relapse Records

CEREMONY, whom was recently signed by Relapse Records, are putting out a new album, In The Spirit World Now available in all sorts of awesome variants. This punk band from just outside San Francisco has put out quite a few records, two at Matador, but this time they feel more relaxed and less confined even though they have maintained honest in their songwriting throughout their growth as a band. Check this blurb from Relapse, see below for the variants, and enjoy!

CEREMONY make their Relapse Records debut with their highly ambitious new album, ‘In the Spirit World Now’! The album sees CEREMONY at the height of their creative output, as the always-evolving Rohnert Park quintet take various influences from post punk and rock to create one of the summer’s most compelling and infectious records.

“In the Spirit World Now” is full of layered sonic fury and anxiety, each song building up to a point and then descending down through a militant, catchy hook. “Turn Away the Bad Thing” sets the tone, guitars climbing around the driving bass line, as Ross Farrar sings, “It’s getting harder for me to be alright/Eyes adjusting to the dark/The momentum of all these last resorts built inside of me.” Songs like “Presaging the End” and “Calming Water” feel romantic and distressed, while “Further I Was” and “Years of Love” are driven by Farrar’s rebellious energy as he repeats the hook with a deadpan realness. “Years of love can be forgotten/In the hatred of a day.” But the true stand-out is the title track, “In the Spirit World Now”, a haunting pop gem with a sticky chorus and lead synth riff that plants itself in your head as Farrar chants the track’s name over and over like a mantra.

“In the Spirit World Now” is a sort of nebulous and ectoplasmic place where things may not be quite what they seem,” he says. “It means shit is about to get weird.” The album marks a milestone for this Northern California punk outfit who have stayed true to themselves as songwriters throughout massive sonic growth throughout their storied career.

*Rough Trade UK Exclusive*

200 x Doublemint Green with Halloween Orange, Orange Krush and Easter Yellow Splatter Standard Gram  

*North American Indie Retailer Exclusive*

500 x Neon Yellow with Doublemint Green, Easter Yellow Blood Red Splatter Standard Gram

*Relapse.com Exclusive* *Bandcamp*

500 x Cyan Blue and Baby Pink Half ‘n Half with Halloween Orange and Orange Krush Splatter Standard Gram

*Relapse.com Exclusive* *Bandcamp*

1000 x Deep Purple and Sea Blue Half ‘n Half with White and Mustard Yellow Splatter Standard Gram (58 remaining)

*Relapse.com Exclusive* *Bandcamp*

2400 x Black Standard Gram

The Details

First Press (out August 23, 2019):

2400 x Black Standard Gram

1000 x Deep Purple and Sea Blue Half 'n Half with White and Mustard Yellow Splatter Standard Gram *Relapse.com Exclusive*

500 x Cyan Blue and Baby Pink Half 'n Half with Halloween Orange and Orange Krush Splatter Standard Gram *Relapse.com Exclusive*

500 x Clear with Rainbow Splatter Standard Gram *Band Tour Exclusive* (Not available through Relapse.com) (UNAVAILABLE)

500 x Neon Yellow with Doublemint Green, Easter Yellow Blood Red Splatter Standard Gram *North American Indie Retailer Exclusive* (Not available through Relapse.com)

300 x Doublemint Green with Halloween Orange, Orange Krush and Easter Yellow Splatter Standard Gram *Rough Trade UK Exclusive* (Not available through Relapse.com)

200 x Black Inside Orange Krush with Halloween Orange, Easter Yellow and Doublemint Green Splatter Standard Gram *Relapse.com Exclusive* (Only available in deluxe package with custom Rubik's Cube) (SOLD OUT)

100 x Mustard Yellow, Doublemint Green and Halloween Orange Tri Color Pie Slice Standard Gram *Bandcamp.com Exclusive* (Only available through Ceremony's Bandcamp here: https://ceremonyrohnertpark.bandcamp.com/album/in-the-spirit-world-now) (SOLD OUT)

100 x Highlighter Yellow with Blood Red Pinwheels and Halloween Orange and Doublemint Green Splatter Standard Gram *Relapse.com Exclusive* (Only available in deluxe package with custom Rubik's Cube) (SOLD OUT)

100 x Clear (Not available to the public - Friends of band and label only) (SOLD OUT)

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