Show Announcement: CEREMONY (Matador Records) Live at Churchill’s Thursday August 1st!

Hell yes: Sweat Records, M.O. + Breakeven Booking are proud to present California punk band CEREMONY live at Churchill’s on Thursday, August 1st!  Read more about Ceremony below and watch/listen here to get psyched.

Opening up are Baltimore experimental duo Ed Schrader’s Music Beat and two more TBA.  Tickets go on sale this Friday for just $10!  We know it’s a weeknight so it’ll be an early show, don’t miss it.


Ceremony are a punk band from Rohnert Park, California, just outside of San Francisco. Their three albums on the Deathwish and Bridge 9 labels are widely seen as the most compelling, unusual and progressive hardcore of the last five years.

For their Matador debut Zoo, produced by John Goodmanson (Blood Brothers, Sleater-Kinney, Girls, Weezer), the band have refined their jagged sound while continuing to pursue themes of exurban alienation and confinement.

Zoo explores punk and post-punk traditions: the rhythm section remains as tense and propulsive as ever, while guitarist Anthony Anzaldo moves with ease from ringing power chords to stealthy leads reminiscent of Gang of Four and The Cramps. Ross Farrar’s future primitive vocals sometimes recall Pink Flag or Metal Box, ranging from a melodic howl to a muttered incantation.

The result is gripping and indelible.