The Ceremonies are three brothers: Matthew, Mark, and Michael Cook, who grew up in Los Angeles. Their exuberant "Land of Gathering" recently premiered on Vice's Noisey music channel. The single is all soaring harmonies, airy synths, and bright horns set to an insistently chugging backbeat. It’s a blend of cinematic, melodic pop lushness, ’80s New Wave nostalgia, and cutting-edge alternative rock aesthetics, reflecting the band members’ love for such classic pop tunesmiths as Michael Jackson, The Beach Boys, and The Righteous Brothers, as well as Arcade Fire. But The Ceremonies, working with producer Danny Garibay, are clever and talented enough to transcend their influences and create something entirely their own.
Also included is "Wolfdance," a taste of more to come from The Ceremonies, who are currently signed to Atom Factory and working on their debut album, due out later this year.