Today’s new music spotlight is on Anteros.
Line-up: Laura Hayden (vocals), Joshua Rumble (bass), Jackson Couzens (guitar) and Harry Balazs (drums)
About: Anteros are a London indie pop four-piece fronted by Laura Hayden, drawing influence from the likes of Blondie, old school No Doubt, The Cure, The Cardigans and Blur.
The band came together when singer and main lyricist Laura Hayden moved to London from Barcelona and started writing songs with Joshua Rumble (bass), before recruiting Harry Balazs (drums) and, later, Jackson Couzens (guitar) to the cause. In desperate need of a name to put their songs to online, they picked Anteros – the god of requited love, a landmark in London that united the scattered members in one place and, most importantly, the title of the song that cemented their retro-tinged indie pop sound.
Latest single ‘Drive On’ precedes Anteros’ debut album ‘When We Land’ which will be released on Distiller Records on March 22nd, followed by their biggest UK headline tour to date in April. The single premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1, and their recent releases have garnered consistent support from the likes of Huw Stephens and Jack Saunders. In addition, Anteros were recently chosen for Radio X’s Great X-Pectations, The Telegraph’s Pop’s New Faces and DIY’s Class Of 2019. Their widespread critical acclaim combined with impressive commercial feats (their music has amassed 9 million Spotify streams and counting, and is consistently playlisted on Spotify’s New Music Friday) positions Anteros as an undeniable force to be reckoned with in 2019.
What Hidden Herd say: Anteros‘s retro-tinged cocktail of new wave, No Doubt and mid-nineties Britpop has been cause for excitement at Hidden Herd HQ for some time, but ‘Drive On’ is the most vital tune they’ve penned to date – a thundering indie-pop bop inspired by the Great Pacific garbage patch that tackles the global issue of plastic waste.
For fans of: No Doubt, whenyoung, Black Honey
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
Latest track: ‘Drive On’