“...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.
"...hitting the mark of here and now; way beyond retrospective repetition." - Nothing But Hope and Passion.
Finland's Lessons release their debut EP Tempest on June 17th 2016 via Sinnbus. The EP touches upon subjects such as near death experiences, addiction and oppressive regimes via the eyes of an imagined, ‘fictional’ character.
Lessons' title track 'Tempest' is available now via YouTube.
After disheartening times in their personal lives, two quirky nerds from Finland left their hometown of Helsinki for Berlin in search of new horizons. The brothers Samu and Ville Kuukka soon met Patrick Sudarski, who was touring with his folk project Montauk at the time. Sudarski then moved back to Buenos Aires and the brothers moved back to Helsinki but, despite the distance, they all stayed in touch and formed Lessons.
The following winter, the three came back together in a windowless basement somewhere in Scandinavia and started creating music. Being shut away in this windowless environment with an old mattress and barely functioning toilet were integral to Patrick’s writing process and in this darkened, claustrophobic space, he was able to access dark recesses of his creative mind.
On the EP, the trio have created their own electro gloomgaze sound channeling the synth pop of Devo and Suicide with a hint of 90s shoegaze akin to the Cocteau Twins. They join an array of darker electro artists that have hit the scene in the last few years, like SOHN and James Blake, who have added an intimacy and reflective shade to the genre. However, Lessons have made the genre their own, with a dark intensity that’s seductive and intriguing.
Lessons’ Tempest EP is released via Sinnbus on June 17th 2016.
Captain Casanova’s latest single Futures will be released on 10th June 2016 via Tapetown Records.
The video for Futures is now available to via YouTube.
The Aarhus based three piece channel grunge-infused garage rock on their latest offering and whilst the chorus feels bright and uplifting, the message behind the song takes on a more sombre note. “The song is written as an explanation and a goodbye to the son of my former girlfriend,” explains guitarist and singer Rasmus Bredvig. “It’s also a song about the frustration of loosing and not wanting to loose that naïve point of view where you think something will last forever.”
The video for the track features video footage taken from Rasmus’ childhood days, which are deliberately more uplifting than the message of the song itself. It’s a nostalgic look back into Rasmus’ past, wanting to keep that feeling and those times alive in his memory.
Captain Casanova formed in 2012 “in a big yellow house on top of a hill,” the band say. Their sound channels the 90s alt rock sound of bands like Dinosaur Jr. with the underlying melancholy of Pavement. Their live shows are intense and exciting and touring has taken them all over Europe, playing more than 150 live shows in just over two years.
Although Captain Casanova are delving back into the past with this single, Futures is also about looking forward as well. “We make our own future, it’s better to make it bright,” Rasmus concludes. Captain Casanova are a band who use their past to make a better future, something we can all take comfort from.
Captain Casanova’s single Futures is out on June 10th 2016 via Tapetown Records.