Zoo by Ceremony
Released: Mar 2012
Label: Matador
"Excuse me, mister/ Excuse me, miss/ I got a problem/ I got a lot of 'em." These NorCal punks are plenty agitated on their Matador debut, mixing the classic agit-pop of Wire and Buzzcocks with the cerebral-yet-visceral hardcore of labelmates F*cked Up. Less brutal than their early stuff, Zoo is still a whiplash minefield of focused rage and deceptive calm, frontman Ross Farrar cycling between brattiness, bemusement and bewilderment. Quotable dude, too: "We have to give up the things we love sometimes" if you're feeling thoughtful, "I'm dyin'/ I'm dyin'/ I'm dyin'/ I'm dead" if you're not.
Rob Harvilla
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