Single Review: Tom Williams and the Boat – Teenage Blood

By on Thursday, 29th March 2012 at 12:00 pm

In the video for ‘Teenage Blood’, the first single from Tom Williams and the Boat’s second album, Wild West Victoriana jousts with a Celtic-influenced coming-of-age ditty. The band are all dressed up like cowboys (it helps that several of them naturally look like they’ve just stepped off the set of a Western), and a gun-toting teenage outlaw hijacks a buttoned-up family on a steam train…it can’t end well, can it?

Like a disused railway siding, there’s a mournful streak running through the song (“Rain dripping inside of the windowsill / Dad’s crying because the baby’s ill”), but overall the message is one of hope and youthful potential. The band have a lovely organic sound, with violin and squeezebox enhancing the crunchy guitars; the whole sound and sentiment gel very nicely. It bodes well for the album proper, also called Teenage Blood. Oh, and for any railway and photography geeks out there, there’s some lovely bokeh/model train interaction.


‘Teenage Blood’, the new single from Tom Williams and the Boat, is out on the 9th of April.


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