Having been together for more than half a decade, you'd think White Rock six-piece Their There would be old hands when it comes to the whole "being a band" thing.
However, while it's true the group has been together for the better part of six years, they've only been able to truly get out there and make a name for themselves in the past two. The reason? All of the group's members are just 20 years old, having come together as a musical act during their early teenage years.
As a result, keyboardist/singer Harley Small said the group has all the benefits of being comfortable and refined moreso than a lot of other young bands, allowing them to focus entirely on simply getting their names out into the local music scene.
"We've been playing together for so long, now that we're 20 we feel like we've been doing this forever, but people might not know about us because we weren't playing clubs and stuff when we were younger, we were just playing coffee shops," said Small.
Now, said Small, the group is ready to get out there and ensure the name Their There becomes synonymous with Vancouver's (and White Rock/Surrey's) music scenes. So far, the group has one full-length album released, as well as an EP, with one more on the way.
According to singer/guitarist Ross Jenkins, while the group would likely fall under indie rock, if anything, Their There didn't necessarily have any sort of genre in mind when they began writing songs together.
"I don't think we've made conscious decisions that we should play whatever because people would like it more," said Jenkins. "Some people think that's not very professional but I think that's the best way to make music, not to worry about the way people are going to think about it."
Jenkins is hoping that pays off, as the group is applying to take part in this year's Peak Performance Project, an annual competition put on by radio station 102.7 The Peak FM.
"I think our music is different from a lot of bands that have been in the Peak Performance Project," said Jenkins of the group's chances for the contest. "We couldn't apply the first two years they did it because we were too young, but we applied last year and we're going to apply again this year."
As for the band's musical influences, Small said it was a love of Radiohead that really brought them together, as well as giving them a name to perform under.
"'There There' is a Radiohead song but we didn't want to just take that name so we changed the first one," explained Small. "We've talked a bunch of times since then about changing the name but I think it still suits the music."
Their There will be playing the White Rock/Surrey area soon. For show dates, music and pretty much everything else, go to www.theirthere.com.