INTERVIEW: Karen and Ryan Hover of Sound of Ceres discuss their new record and what we can expect at their Z-Bar show 5/22!

You might recognize Fort Collins, Colorado natives Karen and Ryan Hover as being the masterminds behind their now-defunct dream pop endeavor Candy Claws who created a fantastic trilogy of records that were released from 2010 to 2013. Since putting that project to bed, the two have regrouped to form Sound of Ceres alongside Apples In Stereo members Robert Schneider, Ben Phelan, and John Ferguson, and The Drums member Jacob Graham. The result can be heard in their new record Nostalgia For Infinity which was released two months ago via Joyful Noise.

Since being acquainted with their debut effort, I can’t get enough of the unique brand of dreamy noise that Sound of Ceres is responsible for. To understand what I particularly enjoy about these folks, listen to my favorite track from Nostalgia For Infinity called “Ember Age” below:



Sound of Ceres will be performing this Sunday, May 22th at Zanzabar alongside tour-mates Surfer Blood (we actually interviewed SB singer John Paul Pitts before their last Louisville appearance). To get you properly hyped on this show, we reached out to Karen and Ryan Hover to get a better grasp on what they’re all about, and thankfully, they decided to collectively answer a few questions I had for them…

Never Nervous: A friend recently asked me what your band sounds like. I told him that you remind me of a cross of Mum and Boards of Canada, two collectives that I’m personally pretty high on. How would you describe your music to someone that hasn’t heard you?

Sound of Ceres: We normally say “the Carpenters in space,” but we may actually adopt your description from now on.

NN: Adding to that, how would you describe the music you make to my 6 year old niece?

SoC: It’s like someone singing you a lullaby during Star Wars.

NN: It is my understanding that Sound of Ceres formed from the ashes of your last band Candy Claws. Is there a reason your former endeavor came to an end?

SoC: The three Candy Claws albums were a deliberate trilogy. We liked the idea of a band’s music having a complete arc and not being left open-ended. Also, the new music is different enough (more electronic, lots of collaborators) that we felt it warranted a new name.

NN: How does the writing process work between the two of you and the rest of people that contribute? Is it a communal effort, or do the two of you control the majority of what sticks?

SoC: We write and record tracks that are nearly complete, send them around to our friends, and they send back parts which we then edit into the songs. It’s a lot of ears and brains hearing the songs in different ways, but we have the final say in how it all fits together.

NN: At times, your new record has a very cinematic vibe to it. If you could insert your music into any movie, what would it be?

SoC: Twister.

NN: Have you been to Louisville before? What do you know about our city?

SoC: We have indeed! Our synth guy, Ben Philodendron, lives there. We also know that Louisville’s local delicacy is the Hot Brown.

NN: What would you consider to be your favorite record from 2016 thus far?

SoC: The reissue of Frank Comstock’s Music from Outer Space.

NN: Before you go, give the people in Louisville one good reason to come see you perform at Zanzabar this Sunday (5/22).

SoC: We are traveling with Jacob Graham from Brooklyn’s Workshop of Experimental Magic and Light, who will be doing an awesome liquid light show. See you there!