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Ceremony Album Reviews

  • Salford Star
    The double CD set is stunning, if only for the sheer variety of music styles that have been grafted onto the New Order tracks and the fact that most of them stand up as versions in their own right, rather than cheap copies of the originals. It shows the strength of the songs which allow themselves to be smacked around via electro, rock, acoustic, indie, dance and grunge, without being murdered in the process.

    What then follows are bands that look to New Order as their music mentors. Yes But No, fronted by two sisters age 10 and 13, do a well credible cover of "Ceremony", which mixes their sniding at the back of the school choir voices with some serious geetar sniping at the front. If that's them playing, be scared…be very scared!

    Bands with brilliant names like Kites With Lights, Rabbit In The Moon, The Dark Esquire and Light Yourself On Fire all have go at putting their mark on New Order's back catalogue, with The Cloud Room's non dance mesmerising version of "Blue Monday" probably the standout.

    Also worth checking out is The Dark Romantics version of "Crystal" which sounds like Roy Orbison whipped with Echo and The Bunnymen and the Goth in the cupboard of the IT Crowd.

    Jimmy Oakes does a great acoustic version of "Love Vigilantes", John Ralston flips "All Day Long" into a classic ballad format wallpapered with shimmering guitars, The Dark Esquire's version of "Temptation" is exactly as you'd expect from the name, and Johnny Parry's "The Him" grafts trumpets and operatics onto a Nick Cave-esque soundscape.

    On Disc Two more indie rock influenced tracks come out to play including the Detachments doing "The Perfect Kiss", Flight doing "Your Silent Face", Kingsbury doing "This Time Of Night" and Allegra Gellar doing "Leave Me Alone". There's also top original takes on "Blue Monday" from The Cloud Room and a piano led "Ceremony" from The Sheaks.

    In contrast, Light Yourself On Fire do a hard core grunge version of "Chosen Time", while XOXO unplug "Every Little Counts" and Jimmy Oakes uploads "Bizarre Love Triangle" into a higher key. Win Win Winter take "Regret" into the realms of the epic and The Milling Gowns do an intrepid 3am bar room version of "1963". The CD set ends with a Kites With Lights Remix of Yes But No's "Ceremony", echoing its echoes of New Order.

    Overall the CD set stands up on its own merits, although mining the deep vein of talent and genius that is/was New Order…

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  • Goatsden
    The moody dance-pop of New Order's classics emerge fresh and re-imagined here, with a selection that balances comfortably between indie rock and club techno (both of which New Order pioneered back in the early 80's). Standouts include Yes But No (consisting of 10-and-13-year old sisters Brianna and Skylar Ward) and their splendid and faithful version of the resonant "Ceremony", The Dark Romantics' U2-like "Crystal", Christian Webb & Adam Knowles' lovely "Run" (what an amazing song), The Sheaks' dusky Western-shoegaze take on "Ceremony" (Can you tell this is one of my favorite New Order songs?).

    Other notables include Light Yourself On Fire, who shockingly convert "Chosen Time" into a growly metal monster, XOXO solemn "Every Little Counts", and Win Win Winter plaintive piano-driven "Regret". And that's not to mention a spoken intro from Peter Hook (of New Order) himself.

    So, you have some radical reinterpretations, plenty of (true?) faithful covers, and plenty of reverential
    and respectful tributes. A superb set for any New Order fan, and plenty of solid material for novices just as well.

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  • Loudvine
    Leave it to the brilliant folks at 24 Hour Service Station to make a New Order Tribute album with some of the sickest emerging bands around today. While the music will uplift all those that listen to it, a portion of sales will go to help a worthy cause. We are reminded again of the power of music and how it helps all those that are in need. Well done!
    As avowed aficionados of all things Britrock, we here at Soundcheck are definitely looking forward to this album. We're especially digging the bright 'n' shimmery MGMT-meets-Passion Pit feel of Sunbears! take on "Thieves Like Us", and Christian Webb & Adam Knowles' pulsing, true-to-the-original cover of the title track, "Ceremony".
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  • REAX Music Magazine
    The album treks through genres, from industrial to piano rock, to celebrate a band that, in their more than two decades together, never really made a bad album ... the album avoids the problem you see with many covers: if you aren't good to begin with, covering a great song doesn't help you. Luckily, Ceremony's roster is a varied and impressive list of bands from Jacksonville to London.
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  • Gratitude & Appreciation

    We would like to thank Marshall & Sonshine at 24 Hour Service Station and the contributors to Ceremony - A New Order Tribute album for their support of the work of the Trust. As a result of their support young people in Salford will have even greater opportunity to develop their musical skills and talent. Not only is this a fitting tribute to the memory of Tony Wilson but provides extra support for young people in a way that Tony would have applauded.
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  • NewOrderOnline
    24 Hour Service Station would like to share our Thanks & Gratitude to our friends at Especially Nicolas LeBlanc & Shug Sludden, who were both extremely helpful and supportive with our project! Our appreciation to you both and the community at NewOrderOnline.


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This financial year The Salford Foundation Trust as a whole has supported 63 young people. Averaging around £350 per grant. Under the Tony Wilson Award they have supported 28 young people. This included the music tuition for anything from piano, violin, saxophone, purchasing instruments, drama and singing lessons.

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