“...sounding big, drenched in feedback...” - Huw Stephens BBC Introducing
"...a surf rock band, but only if your idea of surfing involves getting pummeled by a giant wave..." - Consequence of Sound
“… the musical equivalent of a John Hughes movie.” - Clash
The Van T’s are back with the announcement of their brand new single Blood Orange, taken from their forthcoming EP A Coming Of Age out on 1st July 2016 via Bloc+Music
Blood Orange premiered on Huw Stephens BBC Introducing show on Wednesday 25th May and will be released on June 10th. The track 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. Stream the track now from The Van T's Soundcloud page or via the embed below.
The single follows hot on the heels of free download '35mm' which premiered on Consequence of Sound last month and is also available to stream and download on the band's Soundcloud page.
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 B-52’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.
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 having already made appearances at Wide Days and Stag & Dagger as well as an up coming slot at Brew at the Bog. They also recently played their first London show supporting HAWK before playing with the mighty Yuck in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The band will be playing a number of live shows and festival dates over the coming months:
9h June - XpoNorth - Hootenanny, 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, Middlesborough
Single Blood Orange is out on 10 June and is taken from the EP A Coming of Age by The Van T’s, due for release on 1st July 2016 via Bloc+Music.