Local proto-punkers Ceremony not just standing on themselves 

Their San Francisco acolytes should be well over the moon about this one: Local proto-punk outfit Ceremony isn’t just resting on its critically kudoed laurels after last year’s celebrated “Rohnert Park” album, their third.

This autumn, they’re heading right back into the studio for recording No. 4, but this time with a high-profile twist. They’ve just inked a deal with ultrahip Matador Records, who will release said set in 2012.

Yes, we know we’re planning a little ahead here.

But Ceremony isn’t finished with its old imprint, Bridge 9, either. They’re getting ready to issue a new six-song EP of covers called — what else? — “Covers,” available in 12” vinyl, CD or digital format.

Culled from the “Rohnert Park” sessions, the cuts include: “Public Opinion” by Urban Waste; “Nimrod’s Son” by The Pixies; “Holocaust” from Crisis; Vile’s “5 to 10”; Eddie & The Subtitles’ “American Society”; and a crucial “Pink Flag” by Wire.

The group heads off to Europe for most of July and August, but you can the days until their Bay Area return at www.ceremonyhc.com or www.bridge9.com.

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