The Van T's


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Hannah Thompson

Where are you from?

What do you do?
I sing and play guitar in The Van T's.

Describe your style in three words?
Simple yet effective.

If you could make a record with anyone from history?
Oh, that's tricky! There's so many I would choose, however currently my favourite musician/songwriter is Ty Segall. I love his work, he is a very talented man being a multi-instrumentalist. He's been involved in so many side projects as well, continuously releasing music. I appreciate a good lo-fi/psychedelic/garage rock act and would love to make some noise with him. His stage presence is also something to be admired, I was lucky enough to see him at the Art School in Glasgow, very electrifying. 

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
There are so many I could choose. However, I'm going to go with a fairly recent one. Last year at T in The Park festival, I managed to finally catch LCD Soundsystem play one of the smaller stages. The sun was setting, we'd just played the day before and most of our pals had just played that day. I was with all the people I loved. Watching "All My Friends", with all of my friends was something I'll never forget. 

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
The Jesus & Mary Chain, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Vaselines, The Smiths, Bauhaus, Garbage. 

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
I reckon I would have loved to bump into David Bowie in the 60's/70's, grab a coffee, pick his brain or do other things...

Which British subculture means the most to you?
The beauty of British subculture itself is amazing, a time where people, especially younger people, no longer conformed with what was socially and culturally accepted. I would have to say, in my opinion, nothing beats punk subculture during the '70s. There's more meaning behind the mohawks and outrageous clothing, there was also political meaning, anti-capitalism, individualism, anti-racism/anti-sexism/anti-homophobia.   

If you could share the bill with any British band in history?
I would have said The Jesus & Mary Chain because they are idols to us, but we were lucky enough to support them last month in Amsterdam. So, I reckon early Pink Floyd. I remember watching a youtube video of a Pink Floyd performance on BBC 1 in the 60's while Syd Barrett was still in the band. It's a surreal performance of  ‘Astronomy Domine'. I reckon they would have been amazing to see live at that point in their career and cool to share a stage with. 

What music did you listen to growing up?
My Dad is a massive music fan, so naturally, me and my sisters were exposed a lot of rock and folk. My dad loves The Doors, Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen and Frank Zappa. My mum has a more '80s orientated taste.

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