Ceres Make Triumphant Return With First New Music & Tour In Five Years

23 May 2024 | 9:00 am | Ellie Robinson

After five crushing years of silence, Australia’s most beloved indie-emo band are back.


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After five crushing years of silence, Ceres have made a triumphant return to the spotlight with their first new music and tour dates since 2019.

The Melbourne (Naarm) indie-emo troupe’s comeback single, Want / Need, is described as “a joyous celebration of love” and immediately feels like classic Ceres, with Tom Lanyon’s technicolour vocals soaring over the band’s emotive performance. It also features backing vocals from the Northern Voices Choir, who appear alongside Ceres in the accompanying music video.

In a press release, Lanyon said of the track’s central theme: “It’s a love song. I don’t need a single thing, if you don’t need a single thing. Feeling content. Singing songs. Filling lungs. Blocking out the haters. Us versus them. You and me. Wanting everything. Needing nothing.”

Check out the music video for Want / Need below.

Ceres will launch Want / Need with an intimate tour of the East Coast, starting at the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne on Saturday July 13. From there, the band will head to Brisbane (Meanjin) for a show at The Brightside on Thursday July 25, before wrapping up at the Crowbar in Sydney (Warrang) the following night (July 26).

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Fellow Melbourne stalwart Suzi will open for Ceres at all three shows – previewing songs from her forthcoming debut album – with tickets going on sale next Monday (May 27) – head here to grab yours.

Prior to their sudden disappearance (before this week, the band hadn’t even been active online since February 2022), Ceres were mainstays in the Australian emo and indie-rock scenes. Their most recent release was 2019’s We Are A Team album, which earned a four-star review from TheMusic.com.au’s Keira Leonard. In it, she wrote that “passion, desire and despair are intertwined from start to finish”.




Saturday July 13 – Naarm/Melbourne, Northcote Social Club
Thursday July 25 – Meanjin/Brisbane, The Brightside
Friday July 26 – Warrang/Sydney, Crowbar