Described by Clash as ‘the musical equivalent of a John Hughes movie’, The Van T’s are a gothic surf rock proposition driven by twin sisters Hannah and Chloe Van Thompson. Blending light and dark tones, often in the same song, their sound is an intriguing one, which is why it’s great that we got them to answer a few questions and get to know them a little better.
Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
We’ve always had a passion for music, since an early age however, I guess it all started in our early teens when we requested guitars for out fourteenth birthday. From there it simply escalated from learning songs, to jamming and then writing our own music.
What are your main ambitions in the industry?
I think one of our goals as a band is that we just want to keep putting music out there for people to hear and for it to grow from there. Hopefully for people to enjoy it as much as we like playing it.
When did you start writing your own songs/music?
We started writing around the age of seventeen, however we never played them live until the age of eighteen/nineteen. More or less folk/acoustic music.
What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
To be honest, playing festivals this year has been a really big highlight. The whole experience was amazing, it has made us realize that playing music to large crowds of people is something we could definitely get used to. Would probably have to say though, T in the park takes the cake. It felt really cool playing a festival that we’ve been going to for years. It was our first festival too, so it will always be well remembered.
Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
It is totally subjective I guess, when we write we don’t go out our way to sounds specifically like anyone. In regards to genre, I would say we have a pop-grunge thing going on, which would probably make sense because we love bands like The Pixies, Wolf alice, Bleached, Smashing pumpkins…the list could go on.
What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
Our new EP “Laguna Babe” showcases our latest music and obviously this is the best way to show people by bringing out a 4 track.
Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
We would definitely recommend Catholic Action because we think they’re the next big thing. We also love Pinact, Poor things, Sweaty Palms, indigo velvet and Martha Ffion.
Any gigs coming up?
We have a couple in October, we are playing Opium in Edinburgh on the 30th and Bloc on the 31st.
Where can we find/follow you online?
We are on social media almost everywhere, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Sound cloud.