Stories from the inner city, mixing elements of alternative indie, pop-rock and 90s emo. CERES drag inspiration from the rivers, roads and relationships that colour their town, failing loves and dragging months.
2019 has seen the band releasing their third album We Are a Team, a national tour, rocking the stages at a string of music festivals and performing on Triple J’s Like A Version.
If your music was a person, what would their personality be like? Do you have any character that comes to mind?
That’s a great question.
I think we’d be Drazic from Heartbreak High. The ‘cool guy’ at school who everyone looks up to but is secretly troubled in his own way, battling with demons behind closed doors. Fun to chat with at a party (or having a blade at the skatepark) but if you speak long enough and listen close you can hear the cracks forming.
What’s the plan for the rest of 2019?
Hopefully chipping away at new music. We have a new member, Stacey, who is a great songwriter and multi instrumentalist and I can’t wait to see what she will add to the songs.
What’s on your music bucket list?
Headline the forum, NPR Tinydesk
If you had to choose an album title as a quote to live by, which one would it be and why?
The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place by Explosions in the Sky. I’ve always loved the sentiment of that title, it’s such a positive, uplifting phrase but it’s wrapped in a dark cloak that almost hides it’s meaning. Grim but positive. Grimitivity?
What is the most bizarre moment you’ve experienced during a performance?
I once saw a guy get naked, jump in a sleeping bag and crowd surf in the sleeping bag while chugging beers. That was special.
If you could perform in a concert with other musicians/bands of your choosing, who would they be?
Jimmy Eat World
(* Possible time machine required)
What’s on your Spotify playlist at the moment?
Guided by Voices, yo la tengo, teenage fanclub, Daniel Johnston, fleet Foxes, Simon and/or garfunkel, Paul Kelly’s audiobook ‘how to make gravy’.
If you could talk to your younger self, what advice would you give about the music industry?
Try hard when you’re young and unattached.
Write lyrics even if you think they’re shit.
Sing enough to find your own voice.
Play more acoustic guitar.
Learn more Beatles songs.
Finish things and release them. No use leaving unpolished diamonds on old hard drives.
What tips/advice would you share with other artists?
Don’t make music for a specific audience (or radio station). ‘Production’ is a trick to hide the fact that lots of songs are shit. Don’t make songs that sound good, make songs that are good. If it’s not good when you play it on an acoustic guitar, keep working on it until it is.
What’s in your gig bag?
A few capos so other members of the band can borrow/lose them, orange oil and a rag for cleaning, a little battery powered amp for pre-show slayer riffs, guitar stand, phone charger, a clip on tuner, spare strings, ebow I’ll never use, 6 Melbourne Bitter tins.
Why do you use Audiofly IEMs?
I was talking to Tired Lion at a gig once and they’d been using Audiofly IEMs for a while. They swore by them. Since we started using them, we play better than ever!
Check out their performance of Viv in the Front Seat on Triple J’s Like A Version below: