Ceremony - Rocket Fire (2010)

"With all the deviation in the shoegaze sound, Virginia's Ceremony is proud to stay firmly grounded in the roots of the genre. After the demise of Skywave, a band considered by many to be responsible for the resurgence of shoegaze in America, bassist Oliver Akerman formed the incredible A Place to Bury Strangers, and remaining members Paul Baker and John Fedowitz formed the equally excellent Ceremony. Picking up directly where Skywave left off, the duo's guitars make a tremendous amount of noise thanks to some serious pedal magic. Blisteringly loud washes of guitars are as piercing as they are soothing, contrasting the lo-fi drum machine rhythms tucked just below the mix. Baker.s vocals add great texture, sounding relaxed and calming amongst the breaking dance beats and all encompassing storm of guitar effects." - Exploding In Sound

"Much like the loudness that pervades such noise rock, Ceremony feature raucous pop hooks and riffs that surmount the loudness. The bond between them and A Place to Bury Strangers is undoubtedly felt but they've captured their own appealing facets. Although there is plenty of drive, it's a noisy explosion that unquestionably delivers a strong jolt that resonates for a long time after it ends." - Bryan Sanchez, Delusions of Adequacy

"thunderously romantic Factory Records guitar/bass interplay, lo-fi drum machinesá¾¹but as far as what it sets out to do, it succeeds." — Marc Hogan, Pitchfork, January 15, 2010

"Creating noisy, brilliant shoegaze like APTBS, Ceremony's tunes are a bit more on the indie pop side, making for an interesting and brilliant mix of influences." - Girls Sold Out

"burning frequencies, dark noisy pop, electronic drumming, a bath of guitar gears like phaser, rat, reverb" - Komakino

"some very fine noise-pop" - Built on a Weak Spot

"Ceremony's music is a superb hybrid of dark noisy pop, shoegaze, and electro; the result is a sound both unique and nostalgic." - Superstarcastic

"Utterly exhilarating" - Opus

Rocket Fire
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1. Stars Fall
2. Never Make You Cry
3. Breaking Up
4. For Her Smile
5. Marianne
6. Silhouette
7. Don't Leave Me Behind
8. Someday
9. It's Too Late
10. Regret

Music label: 
Killer Pimp Records
Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
Average: 4.4 (28 votes)
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