Ceremony Return with 'The L-Shaped Man'

Ceremony Return with 'The L-Shaped Man'
Long-running Bay Area crew Ceremony have steadily evolved their sound, moving on from thrashy hardcore with their 2012 effort Zoo. Three years later, they've announced another LP and expanded their sound even further.

The new release is called The L-Shaped Man and is the band's second full-length for Matador Records. It marks a further shift in sound for the band, who are now performing vintage, pop-inflected post-punk not unlike Wire, the Fall or the Cure.

The record, which is due out on May 19, features 11 proper album tracks. There's also a bonus song called "Vivication" and an additional pre-order track called "The Hide."

To coincide with the album's release, Ceremony have shared a two-song music video that sees them performing "The Separation" and "The Understanding" in a smoky, blue-hued room. Watch the Ross Thomas-directed clip below.

The L-Shaped Man:

1. Hibernation
2. Exit Fears
3. Bleeder
4. Your Life in France
5. Your Life in America
6. The Separation
7. The Pattern
8. Root of the World
9. The Party
10. The Bridge
11. The Understanding
12. Vivication (bonus track)
13. The Hide (pre-order track)