The Old Ceremony

The Old Ceremony

 Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

The Old Ceremony stands at the crossroads of the Beatles and the Bad Seeds. Literate, melodic, and insiduously catchy tunes played by a lush, orchestral pop band, with the jagged edges left in there.


TOC wins "BEST BAND" award in 2008 Independent Weekly's Reader's Poll.

TOC selected as one of the "Eight Great Acts of the Triangle" by the Raleigh News Observer in Jan 2007.

TOC's "Our One Mistake" was included in PASTE MAGAZINE's TOP 100 ALBUMS OF 2006!

Led by Django Haskins, the band draws on some of the brightest talents of the Chapel Hill, NC area, and through extensive touring, TOC has built up a strong and loyal following throughout the east coast and beyond. They regularly pack Joe's Pub in NYC, IOTA in DC, and the Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, among other high-profile venues. In the past year, they have toured or appeared with CAKE, Polyphonic Spree, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Chuck Berry, Fountains of Wayne, and the Avett Brothers.

"Our One Mistake", the most recent record from The Old Ceremony, released on NYC indie label Sonablast Records in Oct 2006, is not your standard indie rock fare. You will hear no aimless one-chord hammering or ironic, self-referential sloganeering. Our One Mistake is the type is the type of record your curmudgeonly grandfather would love. With shades of Sinatra, Tom Waits, Astor Piazzolla, Elvis Costello, Ben Folds, Nick Cave, and Serge Gainsbourg, this is music for the after-daylight hours; songs to accompany late- night reveling and weary scotch-soaked epiphanies.



The Old Ceremony - (Self-Titled) LP (alyosha records, 2005)
The Old Ceremony - Our One Mistake LP (sonaBLAST records, 2006)
The Old Ceremony - Walk on Thin Air LP (alyosha records, 2009)
The Old Ceremony - Tender Age LP (alyosha records, 2010)

Set List

TOC's original songs allow them to perform for as much as three hours at a time. Occasionally they will throw in a cover, like Screaming Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" or David Bowie's "Starman." They also include two original songs in mandarin Chinese, including "Bao Qian" which was recently used in the major motion picture "Push."