It is fair to say self titled albums aren’t uncommon. Self titled songs, on the other hand, are more of a rarity. It is definitely an interesting way to open a record, and it’s what London four-piece Anteros have opted for on their new EP, Breakfast. Following a succession of singles, Breakfast is their five-track debut release and is an exciting first look at a band that currently sit on the peripheries of people’s awareness.
Seemingly having taken their name from the Greek god of unrequited love, the group’s material does have a similar theme: a sense of being more invested without (and necessarily caring about) reaping equal measure of any reward. Opener Anteros comes across as a nonchalant nod to the little irks and niggles that can negate one person’s patience in a relationship, while Fade To Grey deals with that most unpredictable of shifts in feeling – disaffection.
September has been a bit of a landmark period for the quartet, by the looks of things: the EP was released on the 19th and they had their own headline show at London’s Waiting Room venue on the 26th. Their live schedule sees them make a couple of festival appearances – Manchester’s Neighbourhood and Paris’ Pitchfork – before things wind down. A quick scan through their photo-blog suggests that 2016 has indeed been a year of graft for them, with a decent list of live performances having filled their time.
Highlight of the EP is probably the title track. It is an infectious three minute surge that you could easily imagine making waves on mainstream radio shows. Easier yet when you consider that Anteros were named as one of Annie Mac’s New Names for this year – a nomination that is all the more impressive when you consider the relative scarcity of their work at this early part of their existence.
The fourth offering on Breakfast is the latest single to have been released, a song called The Beat, a pop-rocky number that offers defiance in the face of indifference. Borne out of a break-up text lead singer Laura Hayden received on her way to the studio, it is perhaps a better reflection to her own acceptance of a brief – and distant – ending to a relationship.
As debut releases go, this is a solid first effort and it is one that will entertain those who come across or buy it. It is not the most exciting record ever laid down, but it doesn’t need to be; it is a positive introduction to a new group that will no doubt crop up further down the road, and it will be worth keeping an eye on how Anteros develop their sound.
Words by Sion Ford