THE CEREMONIES—Los Angeles-based band whose sound has been described as ’80s New Wave meets alternative rock–have partnered with CRAVE ONLINE to premiere their new song, “IN THE NAME OF FRIGHT,” as the band readies a new album to release in early 2017 (full details TBA). Click here to listen to “IN THE NAME OF FRIGHT” on Soundcloud. The song can also be purchased via iTunes here.
“‘In The Name of Fright’ is a confrontation with the conscience; it is learning to cope with a sense of isolation, and to quiet any ideas that may corner you into feeling meaningless,” says THE CEREMONIES. “It is feeling stuck in your head and coming to realize that going further in is the surest way out.”
Boasting top-40-ready songs that underline the band’s trademark vocals, melodies and harmonies, THE CEREMONIES’ biggest influences are ’80s post-punk pioneers Echo & The Bunnymen, The Smiths, and The Cure. The band’s previously released single, “Lovecaught,” showcases their ability to craft and produce ear-catching songs. You can watch the 80’s-styled lyric video here.
Matthew, Mark, and Michael Cook–three smart, stylish, and somewhat serious-minded brothers–along with Kane Ritchotte and newest member, Jackson White comprise the five-piece ensemble. The oldest, 21-year-old Matthew, who is the band’s musical architect and lyricist, cites the romantic poets William Blake and William Wordsworth, and British futurist writer Aldous Huxley as major inspirations.
Their 2013 song “Land of Gathering”–off their self-titled EP that same year–has surpassed the 1-million stream milestone on Spotify. The song is highlighted by their soaring harmonies, airy synths, and bright horns set to an insistent, chugging backbeat. It’s a blend of cinematic, melodic pop lushness, ’80s New Wave, and 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 current tastemakers Arcade Fire. But the Cooks are skillful enough to transcend their influences and create something entirely their own.