Live Review: Anteros – Brighton

Anteros

Komedia, Brighton, 25th September 2017

Words & Photos: Chloe Hashemi

For those who have ever visited Komedia Studio nestled in the Brighton Lanes, you’ll know how wonderfully small and cosy it is. This little fact can definitely work to the band’s strengths, or, in the worst case scenario, can just convert the room into somewhat of a sweatbox. I’m pleased to tell you Anteros manage to rock every corner of that mini-venue and made even the most squashed of revellers feel like they had a front row view.

It was very clear that Anteros have a strong following already, despite only being on the scene for two short years. It was great to see the crowd were all adorned with Anteros badges and t-shirts, and proudly chanted lyrics to On the Moon, Cherry Drop, Drunk and many others.

Boasting a Radio One ‘Single of the Week’ and having toured with Two Door Cinema Club and White Lies earlier this year, it is evident that this band have accomplished a hell of a lot in a relatively short space of time. Taking all of this in their stride (did I mention they also opened the ‘Other Stage’ at Glastonbury in 2016?), this band ooze a casual air of confidence which is a great fit for their sharp guitar-pop.

Lead singer Laura Hayden is a mistress of performance, simultaneously belting out anthemic tracks from the Anteros repertoire while giving the crowd all the attention they need. At one point, she even let the crowd storm the pocket-sized stage; well, the female portion of it anyway, letting her and the girls have their moment.

The night flew by, and the band had made their way through their stunning set before I had even realised nearly an hour had gone by. One of the things which really got my attention was how interactive the band were with their crowd. Throughout the course of the night they did everything from chuck a can of Red Stripe at them (which everyone seemed thilled with) to hold their hands and serenade a verse of Breakfast to them.

This was the first date on the band’s first ever headline tour, but you would never have guessed that. Everything from the absolute slickness of their set, to the chemistry on stage was just right. I’m excited to see Anteros go from strength to strength in 2018, and I genuinely can’t wait to hear their debut album too.

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