On their last few albums, reformed hardcore knuckledraggers Ceremony have transformed into a taut, clever post-punk unit. Their latest, Zoo, is their catchiest to date: Were it not for minimal detritus lingering from their earlier releases, the record might be mistaken as one from a new band full of pop sensibility and adult anxiety. First-billed openers Magrudergrind represent what the band could have been if they went in the other direction, playing angry, metallic, adrenaline-pumping grindcore. With Citizens Arrest and Royal Headache.
Thu., June 14, 8 p.m., 2012
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 13, 2012