Single Review: Tom Williams and the Boat – My Bones

By on Thursday, 16th February 2012 at 12:00 pm

As much as we celebrated Valentine’s Day this week here at TGTF Towers, there’s also an opposite side. Not every relationship is built around fluffy cuddly toys or over-priced pieces of card with a soulless pre-printed message inside. Some couples are unfortunately fated to fail. Luckily then there’s a wealth of songs written about ‘the one who got away’, ‘the one you’ll always love’ and everyone’s favourite ‘the one who got a restraining order’.

One band dipping their toe into the murky waters of anti-love songs are Tom Williams and the Boat with their new single ‘My Bones’. The Tunbridge Wells sextet have created a 4-minute ambient opus of heartache that has all the ingredients of a huge stadium anthem…that fails to get off the ground.

As a song, it’s lyrically-focused and the music seems to be an after thought. The chorus line “Can you pick me up Mary and take me home / I love you from the marrow of my bones” has that Frank Turner-esque, folk rock spine-tingling element, but just doesn’t elevate itself high enough over the rest of the acoustic simplicity.

The mix of Leonard Cohen style ‘sort of talking’ vocals and slow, sombre backing music creates a heartfelt and emotive sound. Tom Williams and his crew, though, just can’t find the hook to drag us into their boat. The passion is there but it just doesn’t come across as strongly as it should. You’re left wanting more, but not in a good way.


‘My Bones’, Tom Williams and the Boat’s new single, is out the 27th of February on Moshi Moshi.


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