When Ceres hit BIGSOUND last week, their new album Drag It Down On You hadn’t been out a full week yet. Still, when we saw them at Crowbar on the Tuesday night and then again at The Zoo on Thursday, the way people were singing the lyrics of the new material back at the band, you’d be mistaken for thinking the new record had been out for months.
So has continued the passionate positive momentum surrounding the Melbourne band over the last few years. Sitting down with songwriter and vocalist Tom Lanyon and bassist Grant Young after the Tuesday night show, they’re both equally as blown away by how well Drag It Down On You has been received so far.
“I think this record is way darker than stuff I’ve written before,” Tom admits. “I think it’s because I turned it inwards; I can look into myself and you have free reign, because it’s you, to go as dark as you can. …The next record can be even darker now, I don’t think I’ve gotten to the bottom of my shitty head and heart. I’m super excited about the next record and this one as well because it’s way more personal than any other record. All records are personal but they’re about personal relationships that I’ve got; this one is just about me figuring me out and not really coming to a good answer.”
“The dynamic’s good.” Grant says of the way Ceres have developed from record to record. “We really understand each other a lot better and the songs are coming easier; the direction and the vibe we’re capturing now when we’re writing is exciting.”
“We’re four guys who have kind of known each other for four years now,” Tom adds. “It’s always in a band sense. You’re slowly learning to grow together and find out what our strengths and weaknesses are.”
Check out the full interview below!
Drag It Down On You is out now. Catch Ceres on the road below:
October 28th | Northcote Social Club, MELBOURNE | Tickets
November 4th | Crowbar, BRISBANE | Tickets
November 5th | Exeter Beer Garden, ADELAIDE | Tickets
November 6th | Til The Wheels Fall Off Festival, LAUNCESTON | Tickets
November 12th | Newtown Social Club, SYDNEY | Tickets
Header Image: Zakarij Kaczmarek.