Roster // The Van T’s
After creating a stir in 2015 with a bold and noisy surf-rock sound showcased on the EP Laguna Babe, The Van T’s have made a swift return with their follow up EP A Coming of Age.
Having begun writing songs at just seventeen years old, twin sisters Hannah (guitar, vocals) and Chloe Van Thompson (guitar, vocals) decided to start a band shortly after. Initially playing shows in and around Scotland as a duo, the twins recruited Joanne Forbes (bass) and Shaun Hood (drums) in an attempt to add more layers to an already impressive sound. As a result The Van T’s were born, complete with a sunny 50’s jukebox style sound and a twist of cathartic 90’s grunge thrown in for good measure, captivating both fans and music aficionados alike.
Taking inspiration from band’s such as the B52’s, Veruca Salt, Smashing Pumpkins and Le Butcherettes, The Van T’s have created a contemporary, scuzz-filled record that also has an endearing raw quality pouring out from every note. Lead single ‘Blood Orange’ encapsulates the bands characteristics perfectly as electrifying guitar howls and echoes from the speakers, bridged beautifully by the twin sisters duel vocals, all neatly harnessed by the simple yet effective interplay between drums and bass.
Despite the band being in its infancy, The Van T’s have already appeared at T in the Park, Wickerman, Electric Fields, Tenement Trail and Strange Behaviours as well as supporting Catholic Action and Honeyblood. This has seen them pick up support from Clash, The Scotsman, Beat Surrender, Backseat Mafia, BBC Radio Scotland, Amazing Radio and XFM Scotland. 2016 looks like it will be another hectic year for The Van T’s with appearances scheduled at Wide Days, Stag & Dagger and Brew at the Bog, a support slot with HAWK in London and culminating with two dates supporting the mighty Yuck.
A Coming of Age by The Van T’s is released July 1st via Bloc+Music.
Upcoming Live Dates:
3rd June – Brew At The Bog
9th June – XpoNorth, Hootananny, Inverness
10th June – Blood Orange Single Launch, Broadcast, Glasgow
16th July – St Lukes All-Dayer, Glasgow
16th July – King Tut’s Summer Nights, Glasgow
25th August – The List Art Festival, Edinburgh
26th August – Electric Fields Festival
10th September – Edinburgh University Freshers Night
8th October Twisterella Festival, Middlesburgh