You know you're climbing up the music industry ladder when you find yourself at a festival in a foreign land being interviewed by one of its national media outlets.

The thing is, the questions they ask might throw you a curveball. Such was the case when Glasgow duo Honeyblood made their first trip abroad earlier this year, to play a gig at Tallinn Music Week.

"We had an interview over there, and they kept asking us 'What is your favourite Estonian band?' says guitarist and singer Stina Tweeddale. "Uhmmmm..."

"What about that Estonian Taylor Swift?" drummer Shona McVicar suddenly remembers.

"She was amazing," agrees her band-mate. "She had these burly guys with really long blond hair playing guitars. They were so good. Check out Estonian music!"

This exchange – which takes place in the downstairs bar in King Tut's – tells you a fair bit about Honeyblood. That their sentences often spill over each other. That they're starting to get noticed as a band. That Stina and Shona (surnames are superfluous on their Facebook, Bandcamp and SoundCloud sites) are having a lot of fun at the moment.

That fun is set to continue now they've been named as one of the 16 bands, whittled down from about 1200 demo entries, to play the T Break Stage at this year's T in the Park. As far as they're concerned, though, this trip to Balado is as much to do with who they can go and see as who'll come and see them.

"I'd be really gutted if we were on at the same time as Haim," says Shona. "That would be the worst thing that could happen."

"We don't know the times of anybody else yet," Stina points out. "We only know we're on at 6pm on Friday."

"We'll just cross our fingers," Shona sighs.

It's interesting that they namecheck Haim, the three-sister-fronted band from Los Angeles. I was afraid I would be pigeonholing Honeyblood had I suggested the likes of The Breeders, Hole, Deap Vally and, indeed, Haim as peers and inspirations. But they certainly are.

"I'm not saying that we like any female band," argues Shona, "but Haim are cool chicks and they play their music well."

"I didn't get the first single at all when it came out," admits Stina, "but I went to see them at Stereo and their live show was just amazing. One of the best live bands of all last year."

The fact that Honeyblood are a rather fashionable-at-the-moment guitar/drummer combo is something that came about more by accident than design. Stina, originally from Edinburgh, had previously played in another Glasgow band, Boycotts (who themselves made it to the T Break Stage in 2011). But that wasn't working out and early last year she was ready to form a new band as the outlet for her songwriting abilities. Shona came in as founder member, dropped out for a while as Rah Morriss filled the drummer's seat, then came back on board. But it always remained the same two-person, no-bass set-up.

"It wasn't planned that way," insists the drummer. "But more and more band practices happened and it was still just the two of us-"

"To be honest, if at the start we'd found a girl who played bass and another girl who played guitar and a girl who played keys, we'd have taken them on," adds Stina. "But it's good and we've made it work and now we're comfortable with the way we are."

Don't they miss what a bass player could bring to their sound?

"I think I just hit my bass drum - tons!" says Shona enthusiastically. "If we had a bass player, I'd have to – woah! – calm it down."

"If we found the right person-" Stina begins. "It's not like you have to be a girl to join the band. It's more the fact that – you have to wear skirts."

"Loads of boys have been like, 'Ah, you need a bass player. I can do that.' Well, I kind of want someone who can sing high harmonies, not with a manly, husky voice. Sorry."

On the blogs and in print, Honeyblood have been compared with Blood Red Shoes, Best Coast, Rilo Kiley, The Lemonheads and others. They describe their style as "crunchpop"; I reckon there's a slacker groove with a better sense of verse/chorus dynamics to the songs they've put out on the internet so far (a debut single proper isn't likely to arrive until August).

The Honeyblood song that most caught my ear while serving on the T Break judging panel was Super Rat, as much for its grrrl power singalong chorus as its viciously dismissive lyrics ("I will hate you forever/ I will hate you forever/Scumbag, sleaze, slimeball, grease/You really do disgust me").

Appearing at T in the Park next month should give Honeyblood the boost they deserve. A longer setlist is shaping up as the songs get better and fit rather well with, well, perhaps not an image as such, but maybe more of an "identity".

"Your personality should be what it is," says Stina. "It's important to have some sort of feel about a band. And Honeyblood's feel, the artwork and imagery, is the pretty/ugly thing.

"I like the butterfly imagery we've got on Facebook. It's kind of nice and soft but a bit raw as well. It's not all girly."

"I think in general we're just ourselves," agrees Shona. "Pretty uncool."

I beg to differ.

Honeyblood play the T Break Stage at T in the Park, which runs from July 12-14. To listen to or download Super Rat, or for information on songs by all T Break bands, go to