CERES – DRAG IT DOWN ON YOU
Released: 02 September 2016
℗ 2016 Ceres, under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Australia
- Happy in Your Head
- Roll Ur Eyes
- 91, Your House
- Laundry Echo
- Spinning Wheel
- Loner Blood
- Nothing on Your Shoulders
- Baby’s Breath
Reviewed By Nisa Ates
One of the best things about reviewing music is the chance to open your heart and your ears to something unfamiliar. Take a risk and discover something new. Melbourne band Ceres are one of those gems of a band that hook you in and have you asking “What took me so long?”.
Formed in 2012, the band have forged themselves a passionate following and are ready to drop their second LP Drag It Down On You on September 2nd via Cooking Vinyl Australia – and what an LP it is.
Although I try to avoid making comparisons between bands, within the first few minutes of the record I immediately felt an intense Citizen vibe and you know what? I fucking love Citizen so I knew I was in for a treat. Comparisons aren’t necessarily always a bad thing; you know this isn’t a plagiarised version Youth. This is Ceres and you better damn listen up.
Singer Tom Lanyon describes the writing of Drag It Down On You as some of the “darkest stuff” he’s done and with crooning vocals and punchy drums, you can taste the raw emotion on the tip of your tongue.
I can only describe this as an album of mournful love; a tinge of heartache laced with melody and brutally honest lyrics. While the words may cut a little deep, the music patches you right back up. Like getting punched in the face by lover’s fist.
Some of the standout tracks would definitely include Happy In Your Head (which the band have released a video for) Loner Blood, one of the slower songs on the album and Loaf. Except, you know, the whole frickin’ album is killer.
It’s undeniable that the LP is packed to the brim with emotion but done so well that you’d still find yourself having a bit of a dance along.
Call it alt-rock, call it indie or emo, call it what you may – Drag It Down On You is solid proof of Ceres’ unavoidable success and genius musicianship, delivered right to you in the form of 14 crushing tracks.
2016 has been a killer year for good music and this album? Is really fucking good.