Emerging Artists #36 – 2:54
May 17, 2012 by Tshepo Mokoena
Hannah and Colette Thurlow are the two sisters who make up new garage rock band, 2:54. Their name comes from the precise moment of a Melvins song that they find irresistible, and their sound from a variety of pop, scuzz rock and punk influences. They’ve been making music together as 2:54 for almost two years, and in that time have played with acts as diverse as Wild Beasts, doom-pop songstress Chelsea Wolfe and indie boys the Maccabees.
In the lead-up to their eponymous debut album release later this month (May 28th on Fiction Records), we caught up with Colette to hear more on their story.
So standard first question: where and when did you two start up the band, and why did you decide to make music together?
We’ve been making music together for fun since our teens, and it naturally evolved into 2:54.
How did you decide on your sound and/or direction?
We have no preconceived ideas about sound, we just let it happen naturally. Each new song dictates its own shape.
Where was your first show as 2:54 and what was was it like?
It was upstairs at Thekla in Bristol, our home town. We were incredibly nervous but also happy to be finally playing the songs live with Alex and Joel our amazing rhythm section.
I think our own London headline shows, one at the Lexington and then later in the year another at Corsica, were significant for the band in terms of shedding skin.
How do you tend to get around on tour?
We’ve got one hell of a good-looking van. We basically live in it!
Who else are you listening to at the moment, old or new?
Blouse, Chelsea Wolfe and Deaf Club.
If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be?
What can people expect when they come to your live shows?
Something they enjoy I hope!