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First Listen: The Van T’s return with ‘Bitter Sweet’

Since breaking onto the Scottish music scene last year, The Van T’s have seen a tremendous rise in support for their surf rock laden riffs and catchy pop harmonies. Having headlined the BBC Introducing Stage at T in the Park, they have started to soar with song premieres on Huw Stephens’ BBC Introducing Radio 1 show, all the way up to huge support slots with the likes of Wolf Alice and The Jesus and the Mary Chain. The word of mouth has started to spread and it’s all seems to be pretty positive.

Now with the release of their brand new single ‘Bitter Sweet’, the Glasgow four piece, consisting of twins, Hannah and Chloe Van Thompson (Vocals/Guitars), Joanne Forbes (Bass) and Shaun Hood (Drums), give us a sign of what their future holds.

The Van T's - Fresh - Promo 1

The track gives us a thundering bass line to wet our appetites before providing us with catchy Cure-esque guitar that sends us back to the great pop riffs of the 80’s, before the vocal brings us straight back to the 21st century with a commanding performance akin to that of Wolf Alice’s very own Ellie Rowsell.

The harmonies that form the chorus are perfectly executed by Hannah and Chloe, almost as if they had some kind of special bond that sync the pair, while the track is seen out by a guitar immersed in feedback thats made to be played at a deafening volume.

A blend of attention demanding vocals, seductive guitar riffs and feedback that could melt your ear drums see The Van T’s preparing to step up another level, theres nothing to be bitter about here.

Posted by Callum McCormack on 05 Oct 2017.