TOM WILLIAMS AND THE BOAT SHARE ‘ALL DAY’ VIDEO
UK TOUR ANNOUNCED
Reviews for the single ‘Hurricane’:
“Singing atop a blues-driven riff, Tom Williams & The Boat charge through ‘Hurricane’ like musicians possessed, swirling and hurling themselves in directions as fresh and unruly as the storm of its title.” – Clash
“Loaded with blues-riffs and twanging guitars” – Thank Folk For That
“A predominantly visceral and rock-ish sensibility, a la Pavement’s Crooked Rain and pulling it off.” – Music OMH
Tom Williams and the Boat will release the single ‘All Day’ on 19th May. It is the second single from their third album ‘Easy Fantastic’, which is also released on 19th May, on Wire Boat Recordings and is supported by a UK Tour.
WATCH: ‘ALL DAY’
Even a cursory listen to ‘Easy Fantastic’; the third album by Tom Williams & The Boat, reveals that this is a band dramatically waking up to new possibilities: a band surveying the good things that came to them with 2012’s Teenage Blood album – the strong BBC 6 Music support; their growing reputation as an incendiary festival act – and allowing their self-belief to grow a little stronger.
It’s a change audible within a few bars of the opening song ‘Hurricane’, which was released as a single in March and playlisted at both BBC 6Music and XFM. Like much of what follows, this jut-jawed love song sees Williams circumvent sentimentality for the elemental vernacular of great rock’n’roll. “I’ve been dreaming of you, babe,” he declares in forthcoming single ‘All Day’, as the lean rhythmic whip-crack succumbs to the release of a well-executed power chord.
‘All Day’ was written in a rain swept farmhouse in the middle of France last June. The track, which features members of The London Community Gospel Choir, is quite possibly Tom Williams’ favourite song on the album. It is, he says, “the sound of the band pushing ourselves to do something we’ve never done before. I feel it’s part of a lineage of more pop obsessed writing that runs through our last two records, starting with 90mph and Too Young.”
Instinct has a huge part to play in the way many of the songs on the album songs came together, including ‘All Day’. “There are moments where we just flew by the seat of our pants,” says Williams. You could almost drop the needle randomly onto either side of ‘Easy Fantastic’ and hear something that bears out his assertion. It’s evident on ‘All day’, the track which to impartial ears sounds most like a timeless radio hit but also happens to be the song which threw him into a tailspin of self-doubt: “I was the last person to understand the appeal of that song,” laughs Williams, “But everyone around me, from Stephen Moshi (label head) to my girlfriend Sarah thought it was the best song. What really sealed the deal was finally playing it and seeing the reaction it got from people who had never heard it before.
Abetted by the steady hand of seasoned producer Ian Grimble (Siouxsie & The Banshees, Manic Street Preachers) and his vintage Trident mixing desk (Williams: “That detail is important because, from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road to Aladdin Sane, there’s a top end you can only get from those desks”), prolonged exposure to ‘Easy Fantastic’ compounds a sense that what you’re listening to is a love letter to the records that shaped Tom Williams. Every band who has aspired to make great rock’n’roll has felt that they have a debt to repay – and Tom Williams & The Boat are no exception.
Following a sold out show at London’s Waiting Room last month, Tom Williams and the Boat are thrilled to announce a UK Tour. Details below.
3 May – Maidstone Fringe Festival
23 May – Cardiff (Clwb Ifor Bach)
24 May – Kidderminster (Town Hall)
25 May – Leeds (Cockpit 2)
26 May – Brighton (Hope)
27 May – London (Ace Hotel)
28 May – Guildford (Boileroom)
29 May – Cambridge (Portland Arms)
30 May – Tunbridge Wells (Forum)
1 June – Ipswich (Cult Cafe)
Buy tickets – http://smarturl.it/TomWilliamsLive
Album pre-order – http://smarturl.it/TomWilliamsPreOrder