Saturday, August 2, 2008

Ceremony-Still Nothing Moves You LP review (Bridge 9)

I avoided Ceremony for two years. All I heard was how great they were, how intense their shows were and how unique their recordings were. I decided that they were too good be true and avoided everything they put out and all of their shows at all costs. I even left a show they were playing early so I didn't see them. I've avoided bands before, but I had never gone near the lengths I went to with them to make sure I'd never hear them. I finally stuck around to see them in Chicago a few weeks ago and realized that I had been missing out on something really great.

Still Nothing Moves You is the kind of record that grows on you. It's not really an acquired taste because the songs aren't offensive or hard to get into, it's just that it takes several listens to appreciate. There are subtleties to the recording that I didn't recognize after the first, second, or even third listens. The guitar work is flawless and there are layers that are purposely buried in the production. The vocals are pushed behind the guitar and bass letting the music take up the majority of the sound and making it easy to lose yourself inside the music. The record literally sucks you in and keeps in you in some sort of punk rock purgatory, which is such a rare feat in any genre, but especially in hardcore as of late. Punk LPs are usually compilations of songs with no direction and no continuity, which makes full lengths tiring listens. The bands trying to write "epics" are more into writing four minute arrangements that go nowhere instead of realizing that piecing together several sub minute blasts into various movements on a theme works much better.

There are weird timing changes, moody intros, insane thrash verses, and heavy breakdowns spread across the 20 minute record. Still Nothing Moves You is not the next evolution in hardcore. It's an example of what can be done within the established context of the genre, and proves with great ease, like few records before it, that hardcore punk is not and never will be a one dimensional genre. The record might not change the world, but no record will. Instead, it achieves something most bands fall short in without even realizing it. There are no points where the sound is forced, and nowhere that the recording sounds like it's lacking. It is, for lack of a better word, perfect. Perfection is the best any band can ever hope to achieve.

There are two different colors for the vinyl, and both be ordered from Bridge 9, as well as the CD version and some packages with t shirts and stuff. I can't say anything about the lyrics because, I hate to admit, I had to download the record because my current life situation prohibits me from spending money on food, let alone records. It's leaked and I'm sure you can find it on the web like I did, but if you have the money to support DIY/underground releases and you don't, just start downloading Dave Matthews because you're not fucking punk. But that's a different article.

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