Interview: Anteros prepare for King Tut’s stage gig at TRNSMT this Friday

Anteros are a four-piece band from London, via Barcelona, where singer and lyricist Laura Hayden grew up with her Spanish father and English mother. She’s now fronting a band making smart, sharp guitar pop. They call it “bitter dream pop”. The other members are Joshua Rumble (bass guitar), Jackson Couzens (guitar) and Harry Balazs (drums). The group has hit the road on tour with Two Door Cinema Club, Blaenavon, and White Lies, as well as playing at Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds festivals.

Next stop is a return to TRNSMT. They will be on the King Tut’s stage this Friday in Glasgow Green.

Glasgowist called them for a chat.

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What have been some of the highlights from your festival appearances so far?

We’ve got a lot of highlights. The Other Stage at Glastonbury is a hard one to top, just because of the festival’s history.

Are you looking forward to meeting the Glasgow crowd at TRNSMT?

Absolutely. Especially after having so much fun last year. We were a little worried before the set, as it was our first festival in Scotland and there were some clashes with other bands, but the tent was rammed and the crowd knew the songs. We had a blast, and we can’t wait for TRNSMT part two.

Introduce us to “bitter dream pop”, what will your set at TRNSMT sound like?

Indie meets pop with a punch, so get your dancing shoes on. We’ll be playing some new songs too.

What songs in your set get a strong reaction from the crowd?

Our general favourite to play is Cherry Drop, people seem to react really well to that one as well. Breakfast, The Beat and Anteros are always so much fun.

Do you take influences from the music scene in London?

Yes and no. We feel lucky to be based in a big city, full of hard working artists. At the same time, we feel like it is somewhat of a weird time for music.

It is easy to get caught up in a fad, and for songs to wind up sounding the same. We like to retreat and seek inspiration in all sorts. We like to make something that sounds unique and stands on its own – not something that will sound like “year 2018”.

What would be your top tips for enjoying a music festival for people heading along to TRNSMT?

Eat breakfast. Wear sunscreen. Stay hydrated. Ladies, BYOW (bring your own wipes ;)).

What are your recording and touring plans for the rest of the year?

We’ve been hiding in the studio for the first part of this year. We can’t wait to put out new music. We can’t discuss tour plans yet, but we are planning something before the year is over. Glasgow is definitely on the list.



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TRNSMT 2018 DAY SPLITS + LINE-UP

WEEKEND 1

FRIDAY 29th JUNE 2018 – Stereophonics | The Script | James Bay | Kodaline | Jessie J | Embrace | Picture This

King Tut’s Stage Powered by Utilita Energy – Tom Walker | Pale Waves | Marmozets |Anteros | Sam Fender | Ninth Wave | The Slydigs

#Smirnoff House – Sean Claude | Rebecca Vasmant | Pretty Ugly | Hazel Marimba | Ella G | Ida | Emerald Rose (Rinse FM) | Crazy P

The Power Tree Powered by Utilita Energy – Fantastic Man | Lusthouse | MILK | Gerry Lyons

SATURDAY 30th JUNE 2018 – Liam Gallagher | Courteeners | Wolf Alice | J HUS | Krept x Konan | Shed Seven | Gerry Cinnamon

King Tut’s Stage Powered by Utilita Energy – The Sherlocks | IAMDDB | Ramz| Kyle Falconer (full band) | The Snuts | The Academic | Bas | The Night Café

#Smirnoff House – Hazel Marimba | Pretty Ugly | Sean Claude | Rebecca Vasmant | Pxssy Palace | Harri & Domenic

The Power Tree Powered by Utilita Energy – Detour Scotland | Magic Nostalgia | Stray Cats Glasgow | Fantastic Man | MILK

SUNDAY 1st JULY – Arctic Monkeys | Interpol | Blossoms | Nothing But Thieves |Declan McKenna| Miles Kane | Tom Grennan

King Tut’s Stage Powered by Utilita Energy – Sigrid | Fatherson | King No-One | Dermot Kennedy | Confidence Man | The Magic Gang | Island

#Smirnoff House –Sean Claude | Pretty Ugly | Rebecca Vasmant | Hazel Marimba | Aisha | Madam X

The Power Tree Powered by Utilita Energy – Kerr Okan | Jean-Marc | Daz | Detour Scotland | Magic Nostalgia

WEEKEND 2

FRIDAY 6th JULY 2018 – Queen + Adam Lambert | Texas | Alabama 3 |The Darkness | The Temperance Movement

King Tut’s Stage Powered by Utilita Energy – Gun | The Xcerts | Hunter & The Bear | Mason Hill | Electric Pyramid | The Amorettes

SUNDAY 8th JULY 2018 – The Killers | CHVRCHES | Franz Ferdinand | Friendly Fires | Jessie Ware | Lewis Capaldi | Hudson Taylor

King Tut’s Stage Powered by Utilita Energy – Nina Nesbitt | Walking on Cars | Jane Weaver | Catholic Action | Gang of Youths | Juanita Stein | LUCIA

For more information, head to the TRNSMT website.