Q&A with Anteros
This year has been a big one so far for Anteros. They've released their new single 'The Beat', played at Secret Garden Party and performed on The Other Stage at Glastonbury Festival; pretty impressive having not yet released a full LP. After gaining a taste for the larger venues and festival scene (Reading and Leeds are next up this weekend), their sights are now set understandably high. Our guess is it won't be long til they gain global recognition! After all, what's not to love? The indie-pop band are full of energy, ooze charisma and fronted by our summer style crush, Laura Hayden. We caught up with Laura from Anteros in amongst the band's manic summer agenda to hear about their most recent exploits, lyric inspiration and why never to eat out with them…
Words by Alexandra Fairfield and Sophie Soar
1. Tell us a bit about how the band got together?
Josh and I have been writing for the last few years. He was the first person I ever wrote / recorded with. When we decided to start the band last year, we met Harry (drums) and Charles (guitar) who joined last summer.
2. What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome when starting out?
There are so many obstacles, but we'd say that finding management was the biggest one for us because that is something that you need to get right. It took us ages to appoint Prolifica, but we're glad we waited to find the right people.
3. Describe a typical day for the band?
Every day is so different and that's what makes it so much fun. From writing and rehearsals to touring and everything in between.
4. What other musicians have inspired you over the years?
Collectively we're inspired by bands like The Cure, Blur, The Cardigans and No Doubt. Individually, Josh grew up listening to Britpop (Oasis, Stone Roses, The Charlatans, etc). I grew up listening to bands my mum would play like The Pretenders, Fleetwood Mac, Bowie...the list is endless. I think our influences come through when you listen to our music.
5. So 'Anteros' is the name of the Greek God of unrequited love; what inspired you to choose that name? Does it hold any resonance with any of you?
Well we didn't know what kind of project we were writing towards until we wrote Anteros (the track). We used it as a reference to London (the statue in the middle of Piccadilly). We're all from all over the place but came together in London. The song defined the direction we wanted to go in and represented us as a band.
6. You've previously been described as a 'deceptive' band, hiding sorrows under happy melodies. Is this true?
We don't intend to deceive. All you have to do is listen to the lyrics; they're pretty straight forward. We just feel that if we're going to sing about something miserable, we might as well do it to an upbeat tempo.
7. You've just released your massive single 'The Beat'. What was the inspiration behind it?
I was dumped via text because I was "too busy". He sent it to me as I was on my way to the studio with Josh, so I switched my phone off and wrote all the things I wanted to tell him.
8. The music video for the song, which is absolutely stunning by the way, what was the inspiration for that?
The inspiration was Virgin Suicides meets Studio 54. I'd recently watched a documentary on the latter and found it fascinating. Everything was happening at that moment: a celebration of women; ethnicity; the gay movement... and most importantly, personal freedom. In my head, that's where I would go and shake my blues off. It felt like the right direction for 'The Beat'.
9. This summer you've got a shed load of festivals and gigs lined up, which ones are you most looking forward to and why?
It has been the first festival season for us, so all of them have been pretty special. Reading and Leeds are less than a week away, so we're pretty excited to play at them!
10. What would be your dream venue to perform at?
Josh- Wembley Stadium
Charles - Madison Square Garden
Harry - Coachella
Laura - Royal Albert Hall
11. Who would you invite to a fantasy dinner party, dead or alive?
12. If you could perform with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be?
We'd support Jimi Hendrix any day / every day.
13. If you hadn't become a band, what do you imagine you'd all be doing right now instead?
Haha... I think it's too soon to answer that.. But ask us again in a couple of years ;)
14. Tell us a secret we didn't know about you...
We have the worst dietary requirements ever.
Harry is badly allergic to nuts, Josh doesn't eat meat, Charles is vegan, and I'm allergic to dairy...
15. What would your ultimate vintage outfits consist of?
Josh - 90s Manchester United tee with a harrington jacket and slim jeans. Harry - black tee, jeans and a statement jacket. Charles - either a polo or bizarre baggy shirt with straight jeans. Laura - statement trousers, halter top and a quirky kimono jacket.
16. That's about it from us. Where can we catch you next?
We're releasing our EP on September 19th, followed by a mini tour:
22 / 09 Milton Keynes (Craufurd Arms) 23 / 09 Birmingham (Sunflower Lounge) 24 / 09 Gloucester (Underground Festival)
26 / 09 London (Waiting Room) 27 / 09 Southampton (Joiners)