Refreshingly, this ‘Track of the Week’ may be an offering that you’ve heard of before – no more obscure, unknown tracks, until next week at least.
Hot off the heels of a blinding night in the heart of the country (specifically Nambucca), established indie four-piece Anteros have been making waves. Aside from headlining a stacked line-up ahead of the likes of Avalanche Party, Judas, SHEAFS, Calva Louise, Himalayas and Lucie Barat, the group have previously been pioneering representation of female artists in the underground scene.
If you’ve been on Facebook over the past few days, you’ll have undoubtedly heard the noise that This Feeling’s #BigIn2018 gigs are causing; it’s no coincidence that Anteros were in the spotlight when this happened.
So just how can I convey the band’s work through the mere medium of the written (or typed) word? I’ve no idea, but I can at least try.
Let’s take our Track of the Week, ‘Drunk’.
To be terribly honest, as my mum always taught me to be, I was slightly worried at first, not that there was any cause for concern, mind you. Without taking in the tune properly, my mind wandered slightly, and jumped to conclusions in the process.
My mind heard the simple beat, and therefore assumed that the title signified a tune fit for basic indie fans – I then came down from my worryingly high pedestal, and did the very professional thing, you know, to give it another listen.
Then it dawned on me that this track isn’t a cause for concern, rather an epitome of the band’s infectiously groovy sound. ‘Drunk’ isn’t just a verbal delight regarding the joys and frightful concerns of getting lashed, no. It’s an attitude-filled banger, one which is fittingly wonderful to sing while intoxicated.
The track does what all good modern indie does, especially indie that wants to barge directly into the mainstream. ‘Drunk’ isn’t afraid of creating a cocktail of rock, indie, pop and everything in-between, from that attitude-filled intro with bluntly palm-muted guitars and matching bass and lead guitar riffs, to the catchy cascade of a bridge which introduces some momentary synth to take you back to better times.
Take established modern-day indie anthems, like ‘Flame’ and ‘Charlemagne’, for example: while ‘Drunk’ is by no means similar in sound, it applies the same principles to create a fantastic result. It keeps things simple and uses this established foundation of an asserted song structure and theme to develop the song’s sound into the stratosphere. And after all, it’s the sound that matters.
Hopefully, ‘Drunk’ will also become stuck in your short-term memory, too. It’s not a bad thing, trust me.
If you’d like to get on other acts which are poised to explode this year, check out the aforementioned This Feeling #BigIn2018 tour, and have a gander at our upcoming dates, like our ever-popular Tramlines Fringe gig, and our Calva Louise headliner at Café Totem, if you like female-fronted bands from the capital.