Bands to Watch #210: Tom Williams and the Boat

By on Wednesday, 27th April 2011 at 12:00 pm

I think I may be mixing up BBC radio presenters and band names, because for some reason I thought I’d heard the band name Tom Williams and the Boat from Tom ‘2-4-6-8-Motorway’ Robinson on 6music. Whoever I heard about them from (now that I think about it, was probably Steve Lamacq), doesn’t matter. How many unsigned bands do you know who have had their songs playlisted on 6music? Turns out this band is the first ever to accomplish this feat. Definitely time to take a closer look (err…listen).

The band have a new single out on the 9th of May, ‘Concentrate’, which you can stream below. Hmmm. Jangly guitars. Lead vocals with a darkness akin to Tom Smith of Editors? Possibly a slight folky bent ala Frank Turner? I haven’t heard their first but well-received album ‘Too Slow’, so I’m just going on this one single. The song is apparently about the inner thoughts of a home-grown suicide bomber (that should bring chills down your spine); not exactly normal pop song fodder, is it? Then again, sometimes you can just tell that some bands aren’t run of the mill. That’s the feeling I get with this Kent band.

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