Interviewing an entire band can be fun if the setting is right. In this interview with The Van Ts I was quite lucky because the band had a dressing room which wasn’t particularly noisy. Some dressing rooms though…it’s like trying to do an interview in a building site.
I’ve been trying to book these guys for a while. There’s something about their 90s vibe, the alt-rock flavoured grunge that they play which takes me back to my youth. There’s an infectious energy about their music, but also a sorta laid back effortlessness which brings to mind Dinosaur Jr in its approach – noisy, fuzzy but confident and assured.
I could drone on about them for another 500 words but I’ll save you, and I, the embarrassment.
One of my favourite things about the podcast since the start of the year is the greater focus on more local acts. I still love it when my favourite artists from outside of Glasgow come to town, but Glasgow is such a vibrant place and I can’t think of any city this size which has such an accessible group of talented musicians from across multiple genres. London is the obvious comparison, but given the sheer enormity of the city it could, I imagine, make it very difficult to find such a diverse range of artists in a relatively confined space.
I recently interviewed Kyle from We Came from Wolves (interview coming next week, incidentally) and he commented on how The Van T’s name seems to be everywhere right now – it’s true. It’s cool that they’re not aware of their own growing hype. I think they’re poised to capture the zeitgeist and I can definitely see them going far.
So yeah, I hope you enjoy this interview. They’re cracking point and were up for a bit of meaningless banter and that’s what this podcast ultimately provides – meaningless banter with a side order of exploration of the creative process. Featured Music Intro: Voodoo Puppets – Electric Chair Blues (used under CC licence, you can check it out here).
The Van T's - Growler The Van T's - Another Sun
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