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Ceremony, 'Zoo'

Ceremony, 'Zoo'
Courtesy Matador Records

"It's getting hard...to stay human," frontman Ross Farrar hollers on this Bay Area hardcore band's first LP for Matador Records. Zoo’s nail-gun attack often recalls the post-punk of Joy Division, the Fall and Wire – if those bands had spent more time in weight rooms than art galleries. Farrar's vein-popping rants stick with you because they're so refreshingly pure-hearted: "I caught the world flu/I saw the world blue," he self-diagnoses. It's hard to resist the urge to barf along.

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