The Ceremonies is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. The Ceremonies' sound has been described as '80s New Wave nostalgia meets cutting-edge alternative rock. The three members, brothers Matthew Cook (age 21), Mark Cook (age 20), and Michael Cook (age 20), formed the band in 2010. They did not, however, release any music until late 2012. They are now managed by Troy Carter (Lady Gaga, John Legend). The band is the first artist signed to the joint label between Atom Factory Entertainment and Capitol Records.
The Brothers Cook grew up in Los Angeles. Matthew is the eldest of the three, and Mark and Michael are fraternal twins. Inspired by their favorite poems, novels, philosophies, and songs, the trio called themselves "The Ceremonies," which they say are "communal gatherings where people come together to experience the entire spectrum of emotion." Matthew, The Ceremonies' musical architect and lyricist, showed some of his early demos to producer Danny Garibay. Garibay eventually brought the music to Troy Carter who went on to sign the band to his company, Atom Factory Entertainment, in 2012. In 2013, Atom Factory Entertainment teamed with Capitol Music Group to form Atom Factory Music. The Ceremonies are the first artists signed to this joint label.
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Some of their influences include '80s post-punk pioneers Echo and The Bunnymen, The Smiths, and The Cure. Matthew cites the poets William Blake and William Wordsworth, and British futurist writer Aldous Huxley as major writing inspirations.
The Ceremonies EP:
The Ceremonies self-titled debut ep was released on October 8th, 2013. The group released an official music video for the ep's lead single, "Land Of Gathering", which debuted on MTV networks as part of "Artists To Watch". The song has been described as a conflagration of pounding drums and live-wire energy.