Ceres (Band) is a punk rock band from Melbourne, Australia. Ceres is signed to Cooking Vinyl. Not sure why I keep writing (Band) after I write Ceres? Because it helps people discover them when they’re looking for good music.
Ceres’ first album, ‘I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here‘ is an Australian classic in my eyes. Ceres (Band) Melbourne shows are a bit like Violent Soho‘s Brisbane shows, like a really big warm hug. There’s something about bands with cult followings that make hometown shows really special.
Ceres – Baby’s Breath
I consider Baby’s Breath to be one of, if not the, best songs ever written. The lyrics are one thing, but the delivery is a whole other thing.
Ceres band members
If you’re lucky, you can still get your hands on a vinyl copy of Stretch Ur Skin featuring The Smith Street Band‘s Wil Wagner. When that was Ceres‘ new single, vinyl flew off the shelves like hotcakes, so I don’t know how many there are left. But that vinyl design was so slick. I’m not sure if they have older releases on vinyl, like Selfish Prick, but the new music definitely is.
My favourite Ceres merch is my 91, Your House long sleeve tee. I own three or four of them. If you ever see me at a show, I’m probably wearing this shirt. It’s by far my favourite thing I own to photograph in. Tom Lanyon is an amazing graphic designer as well as a musician.
My journey photographing Ceres
I first photographed Ceres during the Deathproof Big Sound pre-party they throw every year. I forget what we bonded over, but they’re just great dudes.
Around that era, Ceres had released Drag It Down On You, their second album. They played a show at Crowbar Black and it was so fun. I didn’t think I took many good photos, but over time I’ve come to appreciate them after the guys said they really liked them and Crowbar liked them too.
I remember Ceres and I talking through an idea for the video of 91, Your House. We didn’t end up making it because I’m slack, I guess. But what they made was amazing. They played a show at Crowbar Brisbane that was super slick and had graphics from the clip appearing on the wall.
Ceres then took me on our first tour together, for Stretch Ur Skin. They played one of their biggest Melbourne shows on this run.
When Viv In The Front Seat came out, I was as surprised as everyone else because there was always talk of the guys not making another album. Then they did a tour for it. It was beautiful.