We’re Only Here For The Banter – The Van T’s

Posted by Neil Wilson

Twins Chloe and Hannah make up The Van T’s and ’90’s alternative drenched songs are their tour de force.  The band have started to up the ante in terms of profile, helped by the fact that songs like Fun Garcon  and Growler  are must listen to tracks.

Hello! How the devil are you?

All is well!

It’s the question everyone hates, but could illuminate our readers with a little bit about your music and your influences?
We have a lot of influences.  We love bands like Wolf Alice, First Aid Kit, The Pixies, Courtney Barnett and Girlpool.  We also live punk-tinged girl bands such as Bleached and The Death Valley Girls.

As well as the obvious grunge comparisons that tracks like ‘Growler’ will span, to my ear there’s a much closer to home sound in your music. Are Honeyblood an influence and if so does their success inspire?

Yes!  We have loved Honeyblood right from the beginning.  We are actually huge fan girls. Stina is very talented so I guess it does inspire!

Over the past 6 months to a year, there’s an ever growing legion of a DIY and fuzz-rock in Glasgow (bands like Catholic Action, Poor Things, WOMPS, Pinact).  Why do you think that early ’90’s alternative sound is coming back around?

Because it’s just an awesome sound!  At gigs I think it really stands out.  I’m really proud and excited that our band are going for that sort of sound.

What’s your song-writing / creative process like?

Our song writing technique can vary!  Hannah and I will always write our music first before we add lyrics, that way it’s like a blank canvas!  Occasionally we will sit down and write a song together seriously, but our favourite thing is just to jam!

How has the band evolved and progressed over the last year?

We have got a lot heavier and more focused on recording, also doing shows with good bands who are friends.

What could we expect to see from a live show?

Most likely grungy riffs, harmonies and some swaying.   Also a lot of playing about with pedal boards…  Mostly having fun.

What else have you got planned for 2015?

More recording and a tour.

What are you listening to at the moment?

Everything and anything!!  Xoxoxox

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