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Ceres, the charming Melbournians will hit the road in October and November for a string of shows to celebrate their sophomore album, Drag It Down On You out on September 2 via Cooking Vinyl Australia.
Nisa had a killer chat with Tom Lanyon about their new album release and the upcoming tour.
THE WAIT IS FINALLY OVER….
DRAG IT DOWN ON YOU IS OUT NOW!!!
The wait is finally over! After 2 and a half years in the making, Ceres, the charming Melbournians release their highly anticipated sophomore album, Drag It Down On You today.
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Drag It Down On You has been praised by critics far and wide and here’s what they’ve been saying:
“This unravelling of densely-packed ideas is never better displayed than on “Choke”, a track that compliments its emotional indecisiveness – hopeful euphoria vs. martyrised regret – with a transition from scrappy acoustic strum to an unhinged pop-punk ambush.” – Rolling Stone Australia (4/5 stars)
“To sum it up, this album rules. It is wonderful from start to finish, with no redundant tracks or filler. Everything serves, and executes, its purpose.” – I Probably Hate Your Band (9/10)
“With ‘Drag It Down On You’, the pieces of the Ceres puzzle have fallen in to place perfectly. They balance shades of darkness and self-deprecation with anthemic melodies that show they’re a band unafraid of owning their continuously flourishing confidence as a band.” – The AU Review
“Drag It Down On You will sit perfectly alongside Jimmy Eat World and Get Up Kids in your music library, ready to be the soundtrack to life’s sweetest moments.” – Stack Magazine
“Ceres’ rawness is infectious.” – themusic.com.au (4/5 stars)
“They are a living example of why authenticity in music matters.” – Spotlight Report (4.5/5 stars)
“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.” – Silver Tiger Media
“It was always going to be hard to top their debut record, ‘I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here‘, but by Jove, Ceres have done just that.” – Kill Your Stereo (95/100)
“…this is a record that you can place on the same shelf as Australian indie-rock bands such as Motor Ace, Kisschasy or Something For Kate. Bands to whom Ceres will follow suit, cutting ties with previous comparatives and contemporaries, and connecting with a broader audience by kicking them all in the chest with relatively simple, straight forward, yet intricately crafted rock songs to great effect.” – Blunt Magazine (4/5 stars)
Catch them performing at Bigsound next week on Thursday 8 September @ The Zoo at 8:50pm – 9:20pm before they hit the road in October and November for a string of shows to celebrate the release.
Since forming in 2012, Ceres’ infectious anthemic songs combined with endless enthusiasm and unmistakably Australian likability has resulted in the Melbourne quartet becoming much loved by critics and punters alike.
Written carefully over two years amidst tours, travel, and personal changes, second LP Drag It Down On You was recorded across what the band call “one long, funny, emotional, frustrating, incredible, life-affirming” fortnight in March 2016.
Ceres were not alone in the studio, as longtime fans of Los Campesinos! they invited Tom Bromley of the much-loved Cardiff indie act to head to Melbourne and join Tom, Rhys, Frank and Grant in the famed Sing Sing Studios to produce the new album.
Drag It Down On You engineering and mixing duties were handled by Aaron Dobbs (The Avalanches, Stonefield), and the popular Alan Douches (Brand New, Cloud Nothings, Mono) of NYC’s West West Side mastered the album.
Ceres may be slightly restless, and a little bit anxious.
But it is abundantly clear that despite the trials, on Drag It Down On You, they are ready for anything.
CERES – DRAG IT DOWN ON YOU
Released: 02 September 2016
℗ 2016 Ceres, under exclusive licence to Cooking Vinyl Australia
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.