Following a busy year for London band Anteros, they’re about to head to Newcastle for their own headline tour. Laura Sanderson caught up with the band to chat about their influences, their best moment as a band, and more.
For those of our readers who haven’t heard your music, how would you describe your overall sound?
I’m not really sure, but I guess we’d call it bitter dream pop.
What bands or artists influence you?
We have a lot of influences and I think that’s what defines us at the end of the day. We all have such different tastes in music and all of us have different influences. Some of our biggest influences would be The Cure, Blur and No Doubt.
What’s been your best moment as a band this year so far?
Community Festival at Finsbury Park because it was the first London festival we’d played and we weren’t expecting the reaction to be what it was. It was really lovely seeing those faces that were there at our other shows – as we’d been touring solidly for the first 3 months of the year – so to come to London with people singing our songs back to us would have to be the highlight.
What’s your favourite thing about performing live?
We all think of it as therapy in a way: it’s a moment you’ve got to just let everything out and we feel quite lucky to be able to have the chance to do this. It’s that moment of suddenly unleashing and completely letting out everything that is bringing you down, whether it is a bad day or a bad memory. There is something really lovely about that.
What can fans expect from your gig in Newcastle?
Well, Newcastle has a very special place in our hearts because we last came to Newcastle with Blaenavon and we’d been there previously with Two Door Cinema Club at the start of the year. We had a moment there where we realised we’d picked up our own fans along the way. We had so many people dancing, singing our songs and starting mosh pits. We couldn’t have asked for a better show and we’re really excited to be coming back.
Do you think crowds in the North East differ from other crowds across the country?
It’s funny, we feel that the colder the region the warmer the crowd. For us though, the best thing about Newcastle is The Pale White – we love those boys a lot.
What’s your favourite song to perform live?
All of us have different ones, but we love performing ‘Cherry Drop’ because it’s so much fun to do the intro and I come on stage after the rest of the guys so it’s fun to watch them start the set. We love playing ‘Anteros’ at the end of the set as well. Again, I run off before the guys so I get to watch the end of the show almost as if I’m a spectator. It’s pretty hard at the moment to answer that question though because obviously the EP came out quite recently and a couple of the songs we hadn’t played live before, like ‘On the Moon’ or ‘Drunk’.
When can we expect to hear more new music?
We’ve got new music being released towards the end of the year so we’ll be taking those songs out on our next tour to try them out. I think that will be a highlight of ours too because we’ll get to see people’s reactions towards them.
Anteros play Jumpin’ Jacks, Newcastle on Friday 29th September. Tickets, priced at £6.60 in advance, are available from seetickets.com.