Fans of punk, Goth and shoegaze who were not in Brooklyn on Thursday missed out on one sweet treat with the impressive bill of Ceremony, Screen Vinyl Image, Outpost and 999999999 at the Knitting Factory.

The show opened with New York’s 999999999 (pronounced “All nines”), which features guitarist Tony Banana Chow Mein, drummer Ted McGrath and songs with early Pixies and Ramones influences.


Next was Washington, D.C.-area band Screen Vinyl Image — Jake Reid and Kim Reid, aka J. Sequential and Kim K. The band’s sound lies somewhere between 1980s new wave and 1990s shoegaze. Think Visage (or early Berlin) meets Ride, synths and electronic beats with a heavy dose of reverb. The band has even been known to cover Ride in live sets, but not this night. Opening with the hard-driving “Cathode Ray,” from the 2009’s Interceptors, the band played only six songs, including two new ones that will be released as 7-inch singles in the coming months.


Outpost, who veers more on the synth-driven Goth side of things, reminded me of the dark soundscapes of Tones on Tail and Bauhaus, with fluid bass lines and haunting vocals and guitars. Though Outpost has two vocalists, the set included a surprising amount of instrumentals. The band is fairly recent on the scene, having played together for nine months now. Band members include Stuart Argabright, Mark C., and Kent Heine, former members of such bands as Ike Yard, Live Skull and The Holy Ghost. Outpost has just wrapped up recording on the debut album, which the band is hoping to release later this year.


Headlining the night was Ceremony, another two-piece band, from Fredericksburg, Virginia (not to be confused with the West Coast hardcore band by the same name). These guys rocked, rather loudly, with songs that recall the Creation Records heyday (pre-Oasis) with the Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and early Ride but are more up-tempo. The set included “Our Last Goodbye” and “For Her Smile,” as well as a few new songs. Ceremony does not tour often, and lately has not played much outside of the Virginia-Maryland-D.C. area, so this was a rare chance for fans outside that region to see the band live. Ceremony — vocalist/guitarist Paul Baker and bassist/vocalist John Fedowitz – have a new album due out in Spring 2010.

Spotted in the audience were members of local heroes A Place To Bury Strangers (with whom Ceremony and Screen Vinyl Image have shared the stage), as well as Dead Leaf Echo.

With new releases expected from Screen Vinyl Image, Outpost and Ceremony in 2010, one would hope to see them on the same bill again at some point in the future – it would definitely be something to look forward to. –Teresa Sampson, Photos by Teresa Sampson

  1. Hi, just read yr concert review of Ceremony in NY city, wish I was there. So, are they playing here again soon? I heard they were touring w Screen Vinyl Image, but I am hoping you have some info to share. I’d love to see them! Thanks! Will in Westchester county, NY