Finding “beauty in harshness” – amen.
By Blurt Staff
After a couple of years spent working on two books and taking part in a series
of international Big Star tribute concerts, Django Haskins has re-convened his North
Carolina band The Old Ceremony to record their debut for Yep Roc Records, Fairytales and Other Forms of Suicide, out
We are advised that the 10 songs on Fairytales “were inspired by topics ranging from the Republican Primary debates to the
mysterious deaths of 5,000 blackbirds in the small town of Beebe, AR, all of them written in the darkly
theatrical style for which the Old Ceremony is known and loved. More than any
of the band’s previous albums, Fairytales coheres around a central theme: awakening to the world as it is and learning to
see the beauty in its harshness.”
In concert Old Ceremony has often swelled to include a dozen or more musicians,
but the group’s core five members include Haskins (voice/guitar), Mark Simonsen
(vibraphone, organ), Gabriele Pelli (violin/keys), Dan Hall (drums), and Jeff
Crawford (bass). The band will tour extensively in North America and Europe this year with dates to be announced soon.
Below, check out a great live clip of the band from last year: