Melbourne legends Ceres know how to pull your heartstrings and if you don’t know them by now then you’re missing out on so much more. Supporting Australian rock band The Smith Street Band during their headlining tour throughout May and June, the four-piece premiered their new single last night on triple j Good Nights titled “Stretch Ur Skin.” The song features Smith Street’s lead vocalist Wil Wagner and with his added vocals, you feel a sense of nostalgia waving over you as you listen to the powerful alternative rock instrumentation, while appreciating the vocal chemistry found between Wagner and Lanyon.
Vocalist Tom Lanyon shared his insights on “Stretch Ur Skin” and stated that it’s “almost a “Roll Ur Eyes Part II”. But probably not. It’s about not being someone you’re not. Or something like that. Bits of the song had been lying around for an eternity; it wasn’t until realising a companion piece for Drag It Down On You was an inevitability, did things start to crystallise in my mind.”
He continues, “Getting the chance to work with Wil, a good friend (and not-so-small inspiration) on the song, was also quite the trip. We wanted the work to be truly collaborative, not just a guest vocal—so we wrote and re-wrote the song, together and separately to craft something we were both proud to be a part of. Did we get there? Who knows. But it is Wil’s favourite Ceres song supposedly. A little convenient, don’t you think?“
Of course, Will Wagner shares his enthusiasm and adds, “When Tom first asked me to collaborate with Ceres I was really excited. Not just because I would get to make music with a band I love but because it’s always so fun getting to hang out with these guys. We sent some ideas back and forth and both wrote and re wrote our parts and then went to Sing Sing South one night to piece our ideas together. It all fell into place very naturally and organically and I couldn’t happier with the end result!”
As part of The Smith Street tour, Ceres will be selling a special limited 7″ vinyl and it will include three brand new tracks, with two coming from the Drag It Down On You Sessions and “Stretch Ur Skin” being on the A-side.
Lanyon shares that the Stretch Ur Skin EP “ended up more like a companion piece to Drag It Down On You than anything else. A little sister all of you never wanted, maybe. Cobbling together the new and the old and the reworked felt more right than you would think. Like an extension of the last record. Like it was always going to happen. Maybe even had to happen. I guess they call that an inevitability. Having the chance to collaborate with good friends made it all the more serendipitous. I’m glad these songs could see the light of day—and glad we could give them a chance on the ears and hearts I think they deserve, but never would say out loud (especially in a press quote).”
Stream the new track via Spotify below:
Be sure to check out Ceres when they tour with The Smith Street Band on the dates below!
THE SMITH STREET BAND TOUR DATES
SUPPORTED BY CERES
THURSDAY 25 MAY – THE ODEON THEATRE, HOBART
FRIDAY 26 MAY – ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY
SATURDAY 27 MAY – THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE – SOLD OUT!
SUNDAY 28 MAY – THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE
FRIDAY 2 JUNE – FORUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE
SATURDAY 3 JUNE – FORUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE – SOLD OUT!
FRIDAY 9 JUNE – METRO CITY, PERTH
SATURDAY 10 JUNE – THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE