INTERVIEW: Tom Lanyon from Ceres talks touring, turtle necks, and what they're jammin'

Friday, June 26, 2015

With their national tour starting tomorrow night in Melbourne at The Tote, I had the opportunity to ask frontman of Ceres, Tom Lanyon, about their tour, what you should expect from the tour and what music they enjoy when on the road.

Amy: You guys have been super busy recently, including a support slot with Against Me! How would you describe the past 12 months for Ceres?

Tom: Oh, man. Ridiculous? Mind boggling? Almost impossible? Never would’ve thought we’d do half of the things we’ve done in the last 12 months. I’ve played with, toured with, sung with some of my favourite bands. It’s been a complete trip.

A: You’re about to embark on your own tour next week, have you got any surprises in store?

T: We’ve got a few things up our sleeve. A new song or two to finally play. A duet. Bringing some ridiculous bands with us. We might even play our instruments well and sing good. Who knows what’ll happen. It’s going to be great.

A: What can fans expect when they see Ceres live?

T: Not really sure? Hopefully it’s not as narcissistic as it seems up on stage. I’d hope it’s passionate, raw, loud. Maybe even a little funny? Most importantly, hope that whatever we are to people when we play, I hope it’s honest.

A: What is the most exciting part when touring?

T: Besides the shows? Probably swimming in an ocean. We try to get salty whenever we are on the road. Melbourne is cold and everywhere else isn’t. So we capitalize on that for sure. Also, I like rollercoasters and the rest of the band likes waterslides. So we get right round those when we are up in Brisbane.

A: Earlier in the year, you made a very hilarious package for Valentines Day. How did the idea for that come about?

T: We had $1000 in the band bank account at then end of the year. We could divide that by four and get the first ‘paycheck’ the band has ever given. Or we could wear knitted turtle necks, record a song and give it away for free. Glad we went with the latter. 

A: After releasing an LP and an EP last year, will there we new tunes in 2015?

T: I’m not sure. I don’t think so. Trust me, saying that hurts me more than it hurts you. All I want is to release music. I’d release one every week if I could. We are writing and demoing for this new LP, and it’s going great, I just can’t see anything coming together until 2016. Saying that though, we may get antsy and release another holiday themed song or something. Ceres Is For Christmas anyone?

A: When you’re on the road touring, are there any tunes you like to jam? What’s on your touring playlist? 

T: We play a whole heap of stuff. I can vividly remember listening to the following last time we were all in a van: Luca Brasi, Jamie T, Third Eye Blind, Against Me!, Brian Eno, Sincerely Grizzly, Millencolin, and probably some John Farnham. Oh, and we listened to the entire Serial podcast – that thing was a great tour companion.

You can catch Ceres on the road starting tomorrow night in Melbourne at The Tote. Tickets are available from the link below or at the door. Check out there other upcoming dates too.

Saturday, 27th June 2015 
The Tote, Melbourne
Tickets Ceres
Friday, 10th July 2015 
Factory Floor, Sydney
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Saturday. 11th July 2015 
Crowbar, Brisbane
Tickets Ceres
Friday, 17th July 2015 
Crown & Anchor, Adelaide
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Saturday, 25th July 2015 
Old Bar, Melbourne
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Written by Amy Smolcic