Busted mics and adrenaline highs: SPIN tags along as the California punk thrashers bring their thrilling, punishing show on the road.

1. Face Time

1/22

Walking into the cavernous Terminal 5 in Manhattan on their recent tour and discovering Refused mid-soundcheck was a little surreal for California punk thrashers Ceremony. "The night before they played some tiny little mom-and-pop shop in D.C., probably with 100 people packed to the ceiling," says photographer Dustin Aksland, who tagged along with the group for the East Coast leg of their Zoo tour. "It was a cool contrast to go from this sweaty little show to [opening at] Terminal 5 and realizing, 'Okay, this place is going to be sold out in an hour.'"

While the band is beloved for their raucous live show — which generally features rabid fans snatching singer Ross Farrar's battered mic for a moment of glory — the atmosphere in the packed, smelly van was more subdued.

"We listened to a lot of bad pop music," Aksland laments. "The driver is this hardcore kid, but for some reason he played Top 40 hits. Most of the time we were sleeping or talking about each other's girlfriends." ALYSSA NOEL

Above: "These kids will rip the mic out of Ross' hand and sing every word then throw it back at him and punch him. But it's all love," Aksland says.

2. Face Time

2/22

Walking into the cavernous Terminal 5 in Manhattan on their recent tour and discovering Refused mid-soundcheck was a little surreal for California punk thrashers Ceremony. "The night before they played some tiny little mom-and-pop shop in D.C., probably with 100 people packed to the ceiling," says photographer Dustin Aksland, who tagged along with the group for the East Coast leg of their Zoo tour. "It was a cool contrast to go from this sweaty little show to [opening at] Terminal 5 and realizing, 'Okay, this place is going to be sold out in an hour.'"

While the band is beloved for their raucous live show — which generally features rabid fans snatching singer Ross Farrar's battered mic for a moment of glory — the atmosphere in the packed, smelly van was more subdued.

"We listened to a lot of bad pop music," Aksland laments. "The driver is this hardcore kid, but for some reason he played Top 40 hits. Most of the time we were sleeping or talking about each other's girlfriends." ALYSSA NOEL

Above: "These kids will rip the mic out of Ross' hand and sing every word then throw it back at him and punch him. But it's all love," Aksland says.

3. Big Time

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"Refused was like, 'Hey guys. Welcome to Terminal 5.' I think they could kind of tell they were like, 'Holy shit. This is a big venue.'"

4. Farrar scales a pillar in a burst of pre-show jitters backstage at T5

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"He jumped off and hit that chandelier. We thought it was all going down," says Aksland.

5. Farrar, flipping off Aksland with a hand (note the extra digit) traced in the rain-soaked window

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6. Half Jamaican center, half Ethiopian restaurant, this venue in D.C. was plastered with images of African emperor Halle Selassie

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"You had a bunch of hardcore kids and all this Rasta stuff. It was kind of funny," he adds.

7. Guitarist Anthony Anzaldo writes out the set lists

7/22

8. Friends, Benefits

8/22

"The Terminal 5 show, because it was Refused, the guest list was small, so we packed 25 people in the van and drove to the Mercury Lounge [late show]. We gave everyone one piece of gear each so they could get in for free."

9. Getting Dolled Up

9/22

"I've never known a hardcore kid to put on fingernail polish and mascara and makeup," Aksland says of Anzaldo. "He pulls it off."

10. Danger Zone

10/22

"Ross, when he hits the stage he's a completely different man. He's a maniac," he adds. "I think he's elbowing that girl in the face."

11. A rainy Philadelphia morning, after picking up show posters

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12. Anzaldo, catching his breath at the end of a show

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"He played the last note and it was full on reverb," Aksland recalls.

13. With two straight edge vegans in the band, Ceremony brokered a deal:

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"They're like, ‘We'll eat your vegan food if we can be drunk around you,'" says Aksland. Farrar made an exception for Manhattan's famous Katz's Deli.

14. Core Constituents

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"I've been going to rock shows and hip-hop shows my entire life, and their fans are the most diehard kids ever. They all wear Ceremony shirts and sing every word to every song."

15. Cozy Crew

15/22

"I rolled over at 7 a.m. and saw Jake [Casarotti, drummer] in his hoodie and jean jacket. I think he has a snuggy around his ankles," Aksland said.

16. Farrar, "high on adrenaline" and soaked in sweat post-show

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17. Band of Bros

17/22

"They're definitely a tight knit group of friends," Aksland observed. "It was cool to see and be a part of."

18. Anzaldo limbering up backstage at T5

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19. Scene of the Crime

19/22

"Ross left his skateboard in the street [in Philly] right there. Before a show he'll go skate around, so we were going to go skate in New York and he realized he forgot to put the skateboard back. He was pissed."

20. Suffering From Exhaustion

20/22

While Farrar has a penchant for "flailing and breaking stuff" during shows, his antics at the Mercury Lounge — the final gig of the tour — might have had more to do with exhaustion, Aksland says.

21. Life on the Fast Lane

21/22

In lieu of a wild afterparty, the band decided to go bowling in Philadelphia. Though, Aksland notes, "there are photos of us with five pitchers of beer."

22. Collateral Damage

22/22

"The top of the mic broke and then it popped off halfway through the set," Aksland says. "Ross broke the mic at Terminal 5 too. They were pretty bummed. It was like, ‘All right, take it out of our check.'"