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We Are A Team

PLU: 190759368725
Don't be shocked, but Ceres have made an album about love.
Don't be shocked, but Ceres have made an album about love.
Format - CD
Genre - Alternative
Release Date - 26/04/19
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Don't be shocked, but Ceres have made an album about love.

Gone is the dark night of the soul that propelled 2016's Drag It Down On You, replaced with a desire to spread positivity in the world via their third full-length, We Are a Team.

"That was the whole reason for this album to be," says frontman Tom Lanyon.

You can hear it from the first line of the record – "I'm gonna get happy" – to the swooning, string-laden closing track "Something Good" with its refrain, "I think something good's gonna happen".

"We Are A Team is not this dark, at the bottom of everything kind of record. It's a more uplifting thing."

With the exception of two songs – Stay Awake and Collarbone, 2011 – Lanyon wrote the album between February and September 2018, when Ceres gathered in a house in Apollo Bay with producer Tom Bromley (guitarist for UK outfit Los Campesinos!) and Grammy-nominated engineer Andrei Eremin (Chet Faker, Tash Sultana) to record We Are a Team.

Setting up in a seven-bedroom house on an idyllic rural property without phone reception or internet, for 16 days they "all completely lost [their] minds".

"Everyone fought," chuckles Lanyon. "But everyone was firing on such creativity and trying to do the right thing, and everyone has strong opinions. It was a struggle to get it done. But I think that means we care and we tried our hardest. I've never worked on anything as hard."

Turn the volume up hear the wind howling through the house's rafters; at the end of Something Good you can detect the sound of it creaking. The fact that the house became a part of the recording tied in nicely with the album's themes, as the property belongs to the family of Lanyon's partner and was a favourite location of her late father Viv, the namesake of the album's lead single.
"For us to make a record about that family's niece or daughter in that house is pretty incredible," says Lanyon.
While the album might mark a shift thematically for Ceres – which formed in 2012 and is completed by guitarist Sean Callanan, bassist Grant Young and drummer Frank Morda – musically We Are a Team continues the band's ability to create stirring, life-affirming indie-rock anthems, albeit with a more nuanced, mature songwriting flare that reflects the roadwork and emotional growth of the past three years.

Primary Format - MusicCD
LabelCooking Vinyl
Music GenreAlternative
Music Genre PrimaryAlternative


  • 1. Marriage
  • 2. Collarbone, 2011
  • 3. Me & You
  • 4. Dancing Patterns
  • 5. Water the Garden
  • 6. Stay Awake
  • 7. Viv in the Front Seat
  • 8. Dumb Smile
  • 9. Kiss Me Crying
  • 10. I Feel Better Outside
  • 11. Something Good
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