Advanced Single Review :: Tom Williams and The Boat – Get Older

The debut single from the debut album of Britain’s latest alt pop/rock champions prepares to sprout its wings and soar.

Tom Williams & The Boat

Capturing a violent and deeply malevolent sense of dread with indefatigable talent comes Tom Williams and The Boat’s first single from their upcoming album. “Get Older” is a track in which frustration and anger capture a country voice, indeed the sound of a love/hate relationship has never quite had its jugular torn out so violently.

Taking a much more numerous and now, sadly, overlooked approach to rock and alternative pop, Tom Williams and The Boat consists of a number of artists who contribute to the much bigger and overall huge sound of a band that is screaming for a chance. Having spent the last twelve months touring and receiving “critical” acclaim from the likes of Zane Lowe and other turgid spinners on the BBC, this band seem set for a major spike in popularity when their debut album Too Slow out on February 21st hits the general public.

As for the debut single from the album, “Get Older” is a stomping juggernaut of alternative rock. With the menacing vocals of Tom himself combined with a rapturous backing “orchestra”, the thumping drum beat of an unrelenting bass drum acts as a high octane pulse to this lament for lost love. The haunting acoustic guitars and fiddles ghost around the track, their spiritually lost sense of wonder acting as a fragile dance partner to Williams’ rasping vocals as the sad story of the play is acted out in a savage ballet.

In all as a debut, “Get Older” is as strong an effort as any rock and alternative pop act could produce in the current climate. Their popularity is established with various tours, festival dates and the aforementioned BBC radio treatment. It would seem that Tom Williams and The Boat have a prime opportunity on which to build themselves up and find a voice amongst the shouting.

Jonathan Whitelaw

The band’s debut album is released for download on February 21st, physical copies 28th February. More info can be found at their website:

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