ALBUM: Anteros – ‘When We Land’

After putting it off for many years, I’ve finally learned to drive, and as every 27 (or 17) year old knows; a perfect driving album is key to any good road trip. Enter When We Land, the debut album from Anteros released via Distiller Records. It’s the perfect dream-pop companion to hit the open road with.

Since forming in 2014, the band have been making the rounds touring the UK with groups such as Two Door Cinema Club, Blaenavon, and White Lies. They hit up Glastonbury and Reading along the way, honing their disco-pumping rock. I love a band that waits a little while to put out their debut album, and just like driving, this album is well worth the wait.

Standout Tracks include ‘Honey’ – an absolute thumping ear-worm with a lovely, sticky, fuzzy-bee of a bass tone. If ‘Honey’ is the call, then ‘Afterglow’ is the superb melancholic response. This banger would sound at home on the Atomic Blonde soundtrack. It sounds like you’re trying to dance your troubles away in a Berlin club and don’t want to find the exit.

‘Drive On’, the lead single from the album, keeps this record steaming on, and I particularly love the exposed fragility of Laura Hayden’s vocal in the bridge. ‘Ordinary Girl’ is a slowed down power ballad to gesticulate to, the best part of which being the drop before the gargantuan chorus kicks in. If the rest of the album is a night out, then this is the crippling, reflective hangover. Actually, this track is the reason for the night out in the first place; there’s an underpin of heartbreak to this album, and ‘Ordinary Girl’ finally gives the listener some answers as to where this heartbreak came from.

If you’re a fan of Black Honey, Dream Wife or Goldfrapp; you’re definitely going to be interested in Anteros’ album. It’s a great debut from a hard-working new band and it’ll take them to all the right places. Grab your copy here.

Anteros UK Live Dates 2019
26/03 Banquet Records in-store, London
27/03 Rough Trade in-store, Bristol
28/03 Rough Trade in-store, Nottingham
07/04 The Waterfront, Norwich
08/04 The Joiners, Southampton
09/04 Scala, London
11/04 Mama Roux’s, Birmingham
12/04 Dryden Street Social, Leicester
13/04 Arts Club, Liverpool
15/04 Stereo, Glasgow
16/04 The Cluny, Newcastle
17/04 The Gorilla, Manchester
19/04 Bodega Social Club, Nottingham
20/04 The Key Club, Leeds

Mark Docherty

Track Of The Day: Anteros – ‘Drive On’

The death of the Earth by plastic is imminent, right…? Anteros’ new single ‘Drive On’ pragmatically splices alt-pop with perfect candour, drawing attention to our methodless attitude to recycling and plastic waste.

A backwards burp of meandering, digitalised melody and robotic Star Wars-esque cries are braided with clean-cut guitar and bracing drums. Meanwhile, lead singer Laura Hayden poses bewitchingly as an angel, wings and all. Our saving grace.

In an elegantly effortless fashion, Hayden sings of a dreamlike vision of a better world, carrying on “through the wasteland”, whilst embracing her inner ballerina, twirling and cocooning herself with giant sheets of plastic wrap. This chorus is like a plague, easily infectious, hard to get rid of, and surely will be the death of me…However, despite the sinister undertones that we’re living in badlands, ‘Drive On’ remains ironically upbeat and anthemic, with its spangles of chirpy guitar and jangly dancefloor tempo.

I just wonder what they did with all that plastic after they filmed the video. Until I find out, I’ll just enjoy the tune…

When We Land, the debut album from Anteros, is out 22nd March via Distiller Records.

Megan Berridge
@noisygal_

WATCH: Anteros – ‘Call Your Mother’

Anteros have delivered another shimmering indie-pop gem in the form of ‘Call Your Mother’, with a sweltering new video to accompany it. Released via Distiller Records and produced by Charlie Andrew (Alt-J, Marika Hackman, Bloc Party), the track fluctuates between heartfelt youth and heady fun.

The video is the first in a series of short films shot in Marrakech, co-directed by frontwoman Laura Hayden and creative director Bella Howard (Lana Del Rey, Charli XCX, HAIM.) Speaking about the inspiration behind the video, Laura says: “Growing up, leaving home, the first taste of freedom is the sweetest. It leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. Confusion, mess, self-awareness, little big disasters, discovering the grey area. Having to stew there for a while. Communication, self-reflection, the BIG picture, the small ones that get you there. Where to look? What happens next? Excitement. Melancholy. You stand still, you move on. You build your own home.”

Anteros have been busy playing live shows alongside the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Sundara Karma and Circa Waves – as well as appearing as guests on one of our previous Get In Her Ears radio shows! Expect plenty more new music from the band in the coming months, with their debut album set for release in 2019. The four-piece have also announced a new UK headline tour for October, including a date at The Garage in London.

Watch the video for ‘Call Your Mother’ below and follow Anteros on Facebook for more updates.

Anteros 2018 UK Live Dates
Oct 10th – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton
Oct 11th – The Garage, London
Oct 12th – Rough Trade, Bristol
Oct 14th – Soup Kitchen, Manchester
Oct 15th – King Tut’s, Glasgow
Oct 16th – The Wardrobe, Leeds
Oct 17th – Rough Trade, Nottingham

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Get In Her Ears w/ Anteros

This week Tash and Kate were joined in the studio by guest co-host MIRI! The show was jam packed with new music from AyOwA, Beckie Margaret and Dott. MIRI chipped in with several shout outs for Xylaroo, Patti Smith and Nia Wyn.

Get In Her Ears also had the pleasure of hosting Anteros for a chat and a seamless live acoustic session.

Listen back to the show here:

Be sure to tune in next week when we will be back in the studio with Naz & Ella.

@AnterosOfficial
@MIRIofficialUK
@getinherears