From liquid light to spaceships, Sound of Ceres is constantly exploring.
Sound of Ceres aims to mesmerize. The New York-via-Colorado synth-pop quartet brings its dreamy music to life with a unique live show, full of choreographed laser lights, reflective handmade costumes, and illusions inspired by early 1900s magicians. Founded by husband and wife Ryan and Karen Hover of Candy Claws, the Marina Abramovic-approved, outer space-bent group will perform at Alphaville for three shows this month in a residency for AdHoc. Each night will have an opener hand-picked by the band: performance artist Sarah Kinlaw on September 7, composer Dondadi (aka Connor Harwick of The Drums) on September 14, and a yet-to-be-announced “dream” artist for the final show on September 21.
Ahead of the residency, Karen Hover spoke to AdHoc about their psychedelic stage productions, touring with Beach House, and recording their latest album, The Twin.
You just finished a U.S. tour with Beach House, and you’re due to head back out with them to Europe soon. How was it playing with them?
Just after our show one night, we had some stuff in our car; luckily, not everything was stolen, but it was roughly $4,500 worth of stuff. Everyone lost their computers and stuff like that, which is really hard for an electronic band like us, where a lot of lights and music are run through computer programs.
It was a really big panic for a day; [we were] trying to figure out how the set could still happen with computers being gone. We were supposed to play in Canada two days later, and our passports, IDs, and wallets were stolen. [Beach House’s] whole team was really awesome; their manager was helping us get everything into place. It ended up being nine hours at a passport agency in San Francisco.
It was a crazy whirlwind, but we were able to keep playing. People are so awesome. [The fundraiser] was up for less than 24 hours, and we got more than we had asked for. The donations from fans and friends and stuff is really inspiring.
We really like to incorporate a visual experience into our show. Our show is very choreographed, so we love having things very timed with the music. We love to incorporate things like illusions and magic tricks. We’re really inspired by old stage productions from the early 1900s, how they would do visual effects live on stage before technology really existed. We incorporate a lot of these early illusions into our set. Someone who [is first seeing it] would feel like they’re at the theater more than just a concert. It’s really about dance and movement and projections and light to kind of add to this experience.