Ceres are one of the hardest working bands in Melbourne who have had a massive couple of years since the release of their banger of a debut album – ‘I Don’t Want to be Anywhere but Here‘. The band have gone on countless national tours both as headliners and supports for international acts with great success, and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of humans. Their other releases include two solid EPs – ‘Luck‘ in 2013, ‘Selfish Prick‘ in 2014, their self-titled first recordings which include my all-time favourite ‘Pomegranate’ in 2012 and the loved up single ‘Ceres is for Lovers‘ in 2015.
I don’t even remember how I first came across Ceres now, but they played a show with early favourites Have/Hold so I went along to check them out and they blew me away from the get-go. If you’ve ever attended a Ceres show, you’ll see why they consistently bring in the crowds and why they are so beloved by the Melbourne music community. Lead singer and guitarist Tom Lanyon is one of the most humble musicians I’ve ever come across, and his engagement with the audience ensures no one feels out of place at their shows. This is something that is rare, but when found, is the most comforting thing you can experience in such a large and beautiful community.
Ceres’ music is reminiscent of the 00’s emo era that I grew up with, but there is maturity both lyrically and musically, that few bands have had success with. Tom’s raw vocals hit you right in the feels as he explores themes of love, heartbreak and outer suburban living alongside some of the catchiest melodies you’ll ever hear. Although I’ve only been following Ceres for 18 months or so, I’ve noticed the audiences keep getting bigger, the band are playing tighter and the tunes continue to flow. It took me ages to rack up the nerve to tell them how much I love their music but I’m glad I finally did, as they are all so bloody humble and similarly to most of the local bands I love, treat their fans with genuine appreciation and respect.
Ceres have gone into hibernation for album number two but check out their current releases and join in a singalong to ‘I Feel Fine, I Feel Sick’ at their next show, I guarantee it’ll be some of the most fun you’ll ever have.