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Scottish alt-rock quartet The Van T’s return with a buzzing new single, the ‘Seeing Stars’. The fuzz-laden ode to self-preservation is out today via 7 West Music. The Van T’s are the West of Scotland 4-piece comprised of Chloe Van Thompson (vocals, guitar), Hannah Van Thompson (vocals guitar), Joanne Forbes (bass) and Shaun Hood (drums).

Produced by Margo Bloom at Hermitage Studios, the reverb-driven track serves as a taster of their upcoming EP. Charmingly caustic and confident, The Van T’s manifest the pursuit of happiness into a soaring dreamscape of vocal harmonies, percussion and lyrics that speak to existential becoming.

“I wrote ‘Seeing Stars’ off the back of an ongoing battle with mental health issues,” explains Hannah Van Thompson. “After a year-long slump I started off with the lyrics ‘I want to believe in something inside me’. It started off as words on paper and grew arms and legs until eventually I had a song. I’m happy with the way the music itself resonates a sense of growth in strength. I wanted the song to be punchy and bright, it sort of reflects the way I want to progress in getting better. I hope those who have the same issues can relate to this song.”

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Chloe Van Thompson,
Hannah Van Thompson,
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The Van Thompson twins Hannah and Chloe are joined by bassist Joanne Forbes and drummer Shaun Hood to create their grunge/surf-rock sound. They recently played a sold-out headline gig at King Tut’s and were overwhelmed by the love they felt from the crowd, who knew every word and were more than ready for a good dance. With two EPs and a whole host of brilliant gigs under their belts, as well as their singles being featured on TV shows like Tattoo Fixers and Made in Chelsea, they’re one of the hottest bands on the scene right now, and are clearly going places.

Bittersweet’, the latest single from Glasgow’s The Van T’s, now accompanied by a video . The clip, features the four live on stage at Jumpin’ Jacks in Newcastle, hanging out back stage, and out on the street having fun.
Catch The Van T’s live at the following dates:

11 North Britain Festival, Stockton
21 The End Festival – The Social, London
22 Jimmys, Manchester

There’s a certain something special about twins in bands, isn’t there  Take, for example, The Breeders, Tegan and Sara, even our own Biffy Clyro and The Proclaimers.  There seems to be a special bond between these band mates who’ve already spent their whole lives together.  Glasgow’s The Van T’s are no exception and their strong debut EP Laguna Babe further proves this idea that having your twin sibling by your side in your band can lead to some awesome results.

Sisters Hannah and Chloe Van Thomson lead the surf rock 4-piece, enlisting Joanne Forbes on bass and Shaun Hood on drums to help them perfectly execute their genre- and decade-hopping music, as evident throughout the new record.  the twins’ music harks back even further to 50s rockabilly and 60s surf and garage rock, not to mention the subtle goth and post-punk elements .


As with all good openers, lead single Growler sets the tone for the EP and establishes The Van T’s slick and entrancing sound with moody guitar and lyrics lamenting the superficial complexities of teenage relationships.  Laguna gives the false impression of a more subdued effort before morphing into one of the most upbeat tracks on the record, alongside follow up Feel, Touch, Feel.  There’s an unmistakable energy between Hannah and Chloe as they shift effortlessly between singing in unison, harmony and spoken word together.

Closer Another Sun is very reminiscent of the recent influx of 90s revival outfits, especially bands like Wolf Alice.  It’s a bright, sunny end to an otherwise delightfully dark and sleazy record, showing yet another side to this multi-dimensional band, in the form of their love for pop.

Nostalgic yet thirst-quenchingly fresh, it’s brilliantly executed surfgaze for sure.  But their gaze here is not planted on some overloaded pedal board. Having already played T In The Park, Wickerman and Electric Fields, Laguna Babe only proves something which everyone already knew:  The Van T’s are set for big things.

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Shaun Hood

The VAN Ts – ” Fun Garcon “

Posted: October 31, 2016 in MUSIC
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Four-piece surf rock band The Van T’s, are back with a bang as they get set to release their reverb-drenched single “Fun Garçon”, out on 25th November via Bloc+Music.

2016 has been a breakout year for the Glaswegian surf-rock band having released their EP A Coming of Age to critical acclaim in July. Gaining premiere’s on Huw Stephens BBC Radio Introducing show, The garage act The Van T’s released their latest EP back in July, and are keeping up the good work in the form on this new single.

The Glasgow band, made up of Hannah (guitar, vocals) and Chloe Van Thompson (guitar, vocals), Joanne Forbes(bass) and Shaun Hood (drums), have a sound which recalls the early days of The Raveonettes, but balance any thoughts of darkness with a youthful exhuberance and a hint of bubblegum playfulness.

“Fun Garçon” has overdriven guitars drenched in reverb, booming drums and enough punch in Hannah and Chloe’s vocals to know this is a band not to be messed with.


The single will be released on 25th November via Bloc Music .

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