Having set the internet alight with their arresting, vibrant melodies and bold aesthetic, Anteros channel the powerful assertions of the iconic frontwomen who have moulded lead singer Laura Hayden’s style, from Tragic Kingdom era Gwen Stefani to Debbie Harry and Stevie Nicks.
On ‘Breakfast’, she explores the ennui of a lacklustre love affair, ‘Say you wanna talk, wanna work it out? / Well good luck, my head just touched the clouds’ over a bouncing, sun-soaked riff; think Real Estate meets The Cardigans and you’re half way there. Taking their name from the Greek ‘god of requited love’, the band draw inspiration from the experiences of women in the pursuit of happiness under societal pressures, telling relatable tales of love and loss with an energising spin. We sat down for a chat about the single and the new video.
Hi Anteros! firstly give me some background on the band. Where are you all from originally and how did you come together to form Anteros?
Hey Born Music. Anteros was initially formed by Joshua Rumble and myself (Laura). Joshua and I started writing together about 4 years ago, when he was living in Watford and I was living in Barcelona. We didn’t really know what – or who- we were writing for, until we wrote Anteros (the song). At this point, I’d just moved over to London to write music, and everything sort of fell into place! Harry & Charles joined later, in 2015, and we formed Anteros.
The first EP went down incredibly well, did you expect the reaction to be so positive from blogs and publications? As you got some great coverage.
We didn’t know what to expect, but it was a great surprise to get the reaction that we did. It made us want to carry on writing. Every release is scary, cause at the end of the day it’s all down to timing and how people connect with songs.
You’re currently touring the UK with High Tyde, how has the reception to you been so far? Are you stopping off at any of your favourite venues?
Playing to a Sold Out Dingwalls has been the highlight of tour so far. The reception so far has been positive, plus we love High Tyde boys so it’s been loads of fun.
On this tour are you test driving any new material for the next EP or potentially even an album?
We are indeed, it’s great to be able to see how they go down with crowds. We’re testing out a couple of new tracks, and have the next single lined up.
In the media you’ve been given some lofty comparisons to the likes of Blondie. Who would you say are your collective influences as a band as well as your personal selections?
I would say that collectively, bands like The Cure, Blur, and the Strokes play a massive influence. We have so many bands & artists that we admire both collectively and individually, and also love the pop sensibility of bands like Blondie, The Drums & the 1975.
Summer is just around the corner and with that comes festival season, what are your plans for 2016? And what are your personal favourite events to either play or attend?
We’re so excited for this year, there are still gigs & festivals to be announced. The ones that have already been announced are Live at Leeds & Great Escape. We had a great time attending Isle of Wight festival last summer, and BST is always a good one. Latitude would be a good one to attend this year as the lineup is great.
You’ve recently released ‘Breakfast’ which we all personally think is brilliant, one of the pop tracks of 2016 for sure. Tell me a little about its inspiration and your reaction to its release?
Breakfast is a special track for us. In the weeks leading up to the release we became more & more nervous, as it had been a while since we’d released anything, and because of how blunt & honest it is. We’re so happy with people’s reaction to it so far…and we cannot wait to release the video.
Is it likely to be included in a larger entity within the year, your next EP perhaps?
We hope so!
Finally, what would you like to be doing this time next year? Be as broad or specific as you like, this question can be a teeny tiny Anteros time capsule.
This time next year? Playing Coachella, please! We’re having so much fun with this project, we just want to be writing, recording and / or touring as much as we can.