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Stream: Ceremony’s new album The L-Shaped Man

on May 12, 2015, 12:10pm

California punk outfit Ceremony will release its fifth album, The L-Shaped Man, on May 19th via Matador Records. In anticipation, it’s streaming in full at the website of Seattle radio station KEXP.

The 11-track effort marks the follow-up to the band’s 2012’s breakout LP, Zoo. Producer John Reis (Drive Like Jehu, Rocket from the Crypt) joined the band to record the LP that centers around frontman Ross Farrar’s recent breakup. Reis helped the band in stripping back their hardcore sound, fitting the heartbreak tonally.

“A lot of the content has to do with loss, and specifically the loss of someone who you care deeply about,” says Farrar. “There is no way for you to go through something like this artistically and not have really strong emotions of loss and pain. There’s not really any way to hide that.”

A press release states that “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.”

Pre-orders are ongoing. Below, watch the joint video for “The Separation” and “The Understanding”.

The L-Shaped Man Tracklist:
01. Hibernation
02. Exit Fears
03. Bleeder
04. Your Life In France
05. Your Life In America
06. The Separation
07. The Pattern
08. Root Of The World
09. The Party
10. The Bridge
11. The Understanding

In related news, the band has expanded its upcoming tour.

Ceremony 2015 Tour Dates:
05/22 – Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman Street º
05/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex º
06/12 – Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door *ˇ
06/13 – San Diego, CA @ Legend Records *!
06/14 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge *!
06/15 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *!
06/16 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls *!
06/17 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 *!$
06/18 – Dallas, TX @ Sons Of Hermann Hall *!$
06/19 – Houston, TX @ Walters Downtown *!
06/20 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
06/21 – Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic Nightspot *
06/22 – Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem *
06/23 – Orlando, FL @ The Social *
06/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *
06/25 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings *
06/26 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel +*
06/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer +*
06/28 – Somerville, MA @ Cuisine en Locale +*
06/29 – Hamden, CT @ The Space +*
07/01 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom +*!
07/03 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa +*
07/04 – Toronto, ON – The Garrison +*
07/05 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place +*
07/06 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class +*
07/07 – Detroit, MI @ Marble +*
07/08 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall +*
07/09 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency +*
07/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry +*
07/11 – Omaha, NE @ Sweatshop Gallery *ˇ
07/12 – Denver, CO @ Moon Room *ˇ
07/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *ˇ
07/14 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder *ˇ
07/15 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s *ˇ
07/16 – Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe *ˇ

º = w/ Negative Approach
* = w/ Tony Molina
! = w/ Uniform
$ = w/ Radioactivity
+ = w/ Pity Sex
ˇ with Creative Adult