By Sophia Simon-Bashall
I spoke to Laura Hayden of the band Anteros recently…
Hi! Can you please introduce your band to people who haven’t heard of you before?
Hi, we’re Anteros. We make bitter dream pop.
It’s nearly the end of 2017 – what have the highlights of this year been for you?
We feel like this whole year has been one big highlight with the amount of tours and releases. Supporting Two Door Cinema Club, White Lies and Blaenavon were great fun and we learned a lot. Then we got to record and release our Drunk EP with Nick Hodgson [Kaiser Chiefs], and then we got to tour that on our first headline. We had a summer full of festivals, and we recorded our double AA side during the gaps in between them. Working with Charlie Andrew [Alt-J, Marika Hackman] was also a highlight.
What’s your favourite part about performing your songs up in front of people?
Watching people connect; smile, dance, and sing along. It sounds cheesy but knowing our music and our shows can have that effect on people makes us really happy. That’s all we want.
What’s been your favourite you’ve done?
Community Festival this summer was definitely one of our favourites. London is home for us, so it was great to play to a big crowd of people who were dancing and singing the words to our songs. I don’t think we’ll forget that set anytime soon.
Is there anything you’d like to change about the music industry?
Where to begin?! Let’s start with equality. I wish there were the same amount of women as there are men working behind the music business. It’s still very much a Boys Club. It’s slowly getting better, but we just can’t wait to get to a point where the numbers are evened out.
Who do you look up to in music?
There’s so many great women in music, so the list is endless. Stevie Nicks, Janis Joplin, Gwen Stefani and Madonna are probably our top four. But you’ve also got to look behind the artists! We feel so lucky to have great women working with us at our record label.
Have you witnessed sexual assault at live music events?
Hell yeah, unfortunately! Just the other night I had to stop our set to ask two guys to leave. They thought it was appropriate to comment on my breasts during our set. Nobody says a word when guys take their shirts off on stage, but how DARE a woman wear no bra under a white tank top?!
However, it’s everywhere. Music events are just a fraction.
Do you have a message to those who have had that kind of experience?
Don’t be afraid to stand up and speak up. I was, for such a long time. But not confronting people about it means they think can get away with it. People around you WILL back you and stand up for what is right, but it has to start with you.
As a band, what do you think you can do to help combat the issue?
Speak up. Do everything we can to ensure our gigs are as safe as we can make them for everyone. We don’t tolerate abuse or bullying in any shape or form.
Anteros’ song Bonnie is out now. The band will be in the studio in early 2018, recording their debut album…