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

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

Track Of The Day: The Ninth Wave – ‘New Kind Of Ego’

If you’re a noughties girl who wishes she living in an 80s world: The Ninth Wave‘s new single ‘New Kind Of Ego’ is going to melt your nostalgia-hungry ears off.

It’s the first track to be taken from their forthcoming EP Never Crave Attention, released April 20th on Distiller Records. The band will also be embarking on their first UK headline tour this year to support the record, including a gig at London’s Shacklewell Arms on May 16th.

Produced by Dan Austin (Massive Attack, Sløtface) at The Distillery, ‘New Kind Of Ego’ is an electric 80s “post-punk explosion” which seethes with impatience and uncertainty. Speaking about the new single, front man Haydn Park says: “‘New Kind Of Ego’ is a dialogue between two people and their insecurities in each other, focusing on the reasons for this lack of trust.”

With support from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart, Huw Stephens, and Radio X’s John Kennedy – there’s no need for The Ninth Wave to feel insecure about their sound. Listen to ‘New Kind Of Ego’ below, and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

The Ninth Wave live dates 2018
05/05 Live At Leeds
06/05 Liverpool Sound City
10/05 Cafe Drummonds, Aberdeen
11/05 Church, Dundee
12/05 The Georgian Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees
13/05 Soup Kitchen, Manchester
14/05 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
15/05 Louisiana, Bristol
16/05 Shacklewell Arms, London
18/05 The Great Escape
29/06 TRNSMT Festival
20/07 Deer Shed Festival
02/08 Neverworld Festival

Never Crave Attention will be released on April 20th on Distiller Records. Pre-order it here.

Photography: Martin Barker

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut