Get ready to feel Maximum Goosebumps, because Melbourne’s Ceres knocked it out of the fuckin’ park this morning when they took to the Triple J studios for Like A Version.

After laying down a practically-perfect performance of their gut-wrenching track, ‘Viv In The Front Seat‘ and dropping the single hint of ‘Terry Crews‘, the five-piece absolutely barrelled through a cover of Vanessa Carlton‘s ‘A Thousand Miles‘, sending shockwaves of collective shivers across the nation’s morning commute. You bloody love to see it, folks.

Joined in the studio by a solid string section – really adding that extra punch in the whole sound of the cover – Ceres transformed the song from a pop banger into a full-ball emo heartbreaker.

Seriously, I got goosebumps so strongly that I think the hairs on the backs of my knees pricked up as my heart fell out my ass.

A Thousand Miles‘ is undeniably an emo song draped in the sheep’s clothing of a pop song, and the Ceres gang noted that they’d switched out the immediately identifiable piano riff with what they called “twinkly emo guitars”, shapeshifting the 2002 hit into a uniquely-Ceres version. Is Vanessa Carlton part of 2000s emo canon now? Abso-fucken-lutely.

Taking a song and fully making it your own is a surefire way to put down a Like A Version that’ll win hearts, and this one totally kicks dick, my friends.

I unreservedly demand that you take a full five minutes and eighteen seconds out of your day to listen to this one because it’s got the same kind of energy as really top-notch Like A Versions past – think DMA‘s take on Cher, or Gang Of Youths‘ cover of The Middle East.

It’s truly a special one, folks. I think we’ll be talking about this one for a while.

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