By Natalie Greener
If you ever want to take yourself back to the time of female icons and classic sounds, Anteros should satisfy your darkest post punk desires. Bodega, being such an intimate venue, presented the soft grunge band as fresh new faces breaking into the alt music scene. Tuesday night and you would think the Notts folk would have retired to their beds. But no, the Anteros crowd flocked to the venue in full force.
Tackling the gig goers first was support band, The Mocking Jays. A hint of groove with a mix of clean cut performance style, these indie lads are unstoppable. News of their support slot whizzed around town so quick I felt like I had no choice but to see them in action. With such a tight sound, I’m glad I did. Experienced and groovy, make sure you support these local lads at future events – because I am certain we’ll be seeing them again very soon. Next up was a funny one. If you’re an active partaker in the singer-songwriter scene in this vibrant city, Josh Wheatley is a face you would recognise instantly. Not only has many of us watched him grow as an artist but we now have the luxury to experience him branching out into fresh territory. With a band backing his already perplexing vocals, this guy is reaching new heights to his music some can only dream of. Chemicals – his most recent track released late September – was somewhat staggering. What an artist.
Now we get to the really good stuff. Anteros. Being totally new to the bands music, apprehension to how much I was going to enjoy this gig was pretty heavy. You know when you go into a live show with no clue how its going to pan out? – that was me. My God I was wrong to feel that way. Such a clean slate allowed me to form a fresh yet factual opinion when seeing the band for the first time in their prime. Some say easy listening and others say pure euphoria. Same thing really when talking about Anteros. They’re that band you can casually switch on when you’re having a shower or day dreaming on the bus. But saying that, they are also the uniquely precious band that is hard to come by. They are the music makers that cheer you up on a down day or the genius behind the groovy tunes igniting a dance fever you would rather not spread in public. I can understand lyrics with a touch of teen angst crawling up my Spotify playlist, but who knew that a song about breakfast would be a valid competitor? A good one at that. Granted, craving an English breakfast has been a regular consequence of listening to this song but I can assure you it is worth it. A catchy riff paired with a melody you cannot escape, the lyrics were the cherry on top. To be honest, hearing that they would be playing Nottingham again very soon made me excited. Not only is this glorious city being blessed with one aesthetically pleasing band but Anteros will be playing alongside Yonaka and Stereo Honey on the Hopscotch tour – 17th October at Rough Trade. FREE ENTRY!
Images by Izzie Berkeley-Shier