Bookish but brilliant indie rockers Tom Williams and the Boat have returned with a new single, Hurricane, out on March 25th with their third album Easy Fantastic following on May 19th. The whole thing was recorded at Abbey Road with Ian Grimble on the production duties.
It’s sees the bands sound continuing to develop, more earthy perhaps and certainly more assured, possibly buoyed by the reaction and support their previous long player Teenage Blood. Talking about Hurricane, Williams says ‘It was the first track that we had done that seemed to encapsulate everything we wanted the new record to be. Riff heavy, great groove and a subterranean approach to lyric writing that we felt was important as an antidote to the introverted self-obsession of the last record. The riff reminded us of early Led Zep, and with the Hammond organ on the chorus, the song introduces a new sound and classic feel for the band.”
Certainly it has this almost raw quality about it, sweetened only by the vocal, but the riffs have this roughness about them, rather than the scorching or malice in a Led Zeppelin. But there again, it doesn’t sound like they were really trying for that anyway, and what it does have it this fantastically laid back catchiness about it, that makes us very excited for the release of Easy Fantastic.
It could well be a big year for Tom Williams and The Boat.