Ceres – Drag it Down on You


There really isn’t much else I can say that hasn’t already been said about ‘Drag it Down on You’ and I feel as though my words really won’t hold much weight, but I haven’t stopped listening to it since it was released and if that says anything in itself than I hope that this means something to someone =]

‘Drag it Down on You’ is the long awaited second album from Melbourne sweethearts Ceres, and is filled with the lyrically raw honesty that fans have come to expect from them. If you’re expecting a repeat of their 2014 release ‘I Don’t Want to be Anywhere but Here’ however, you may be disappointed as there is a depth, maturity and genuineness to this album that few bands spend years trying to perfect, but Ceres have managed to accomplish on their second full length, all while retaining their accessibility and local charm.

The first full playback left me emotionally devastated and unsure of what to feel, but an overwhelming sense of pride and respect was especially apparent. In a similar vein to Ben of Slowly Slowly, Ceres front man and all round legend Tom Lanyon sings in those imperfect tones that showcase the brutally honest heartache he writes about. Stand out tracks include the already released ‘Laundry Echo’,’ Happy in Your Head’ and very recent ‘Choke’, but ‘Nothing on your Shoulders’, ‘Talking’ and ’91, Your House’ have warranted many repeats and awkward but always fun car singalongs. It is rare to release a 14 track album these days but this is absolutely worth your time and each full playback will reveal a new favourite, or a gem that was previously missed. Reading through several interviews and the awesome track-by-track Tom gifted us with over at Rolling Stone, it is startling obvious just how much of themselves they have put into this album.

I’ve only been going to Ceres shows for two years, but they’ve continuously proven why they deserve all the rewards from their intensive touring schedule and I am just so bloody stoked for them. Honestly, just give it a whirl, check out their back catalogue and come see  them where they’re truly at their best, on the live stage. Click the piccy for the tickies link ❤


Slowly Slowly ‘Chamomile” Launch – The Evelyn

It’s currently 4pm and I’m at work, waiting for 22:45 so I can leave and crawl back into my bed and sleep for 12 hours to recover from an epic set by the legends in Slowly Slowly last night.

Riding on the back of the very recent release of ‘Chamomile’ and the countless, well-deserved accolades, the room filled quickly with both old and new fans eagerly anticipating what was to come. Well supported by locals Hyder Seek, Jurrasic Nark, Max Quinn (‘s Onomatopenis) and Foam, Slowly Slowly had the crowd giddy with excitement and feels.

‘Elbows’ opened the set with lead singer Ben’s perfectly imperfect vocals pacifying the crowd before launching straight into ‘Hey You’. Old favourites ‘Go Easy,’ Later’ and ‘Empty Lungs’ were slotted in to round out the set-list and even very minor guitar issues couldn’t stop the crowd from screaming along and almost drowning out the band themselves. New single ‘Deathproof’ almost took out most sung-along track ‘PMTWGR’ with guest vocals by old mate Tom Lanyon, and it was clear on each member’s face that they were witnessing something special up there. Slightly worried about how the newest tracks ‘Black Confetti’ and acoustic-only ‘Chamomile’ would fare with the crowd, who were now jumping off stage without a care in the world, my fears were quickly squashed as they were each given the respect they deserved which was both comforting and beautiful to witness. As the set was winding up with ‘Good Friends’ and ‘New York, Paris’, it was clear from the massive grins and huge effort they put into playing, that Slowly Slowly finally understood the impact they had on so many people, and it honestly couldn’t have happened to a more decent, humble group of humans.

From the bottom of my very happy heart, thank you Slowly Slowly, you the real MVPs 💖