Tom Williams & The Boat, being timely, have
a terrific chance to make a break for the shore right
now, bequeathing the land-folk with tales of the high
seas and coating them in authentic sprays of spittle
to boot, thanks mainly to the path Mumford & Sons have
beaten to the mainstream. It is true that anthemic folk
music is that man Tom’s thing and that he is handy with
a guitar and his trembling, trunk-like vocal, but even
on new single ‘Concentrate’ alone we are reminded of,
on top of the petitioning passions of say Billy Bragg
and Chris TT (with whom he is appropriately touring
at present), the fire of Gaslight Anthem, melodic nous
of Talking Heads, gusting drive of The Delgados and
jib of the early Libertines. It’s certainly enough to
be going on. And that’s before you even get anywhere
near their website and find the video of them covering
Dizzee Rascal’s ubiquitous ‘Bonkers’, bluegrass style.
Which, quirky though it might be, is at least as good
as it sounds. We went paddling to find out where Tom’s
head is at…
Where are you now? What can you see?
I'm in my room recovering from our single launch party
last night at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch. I can
see my room and my monster slippers.
What was the last thing you ate?
A cold, 4 hour old turkey and ham Subway on the way
to find my car at about one last night after the single
What was the last album you bought?
The new Gil Scott-Heron record is completely stunning.
I've never listened to him before and the new record
is so amazing, it's blown my head off lyrically.
What was the last movie you saw?
My mum wanted me to watch District 9...I didn't think
it was very good...
What are you most looking forward to?
Good sleep tonight...sweet sweet sleep.
What do you hate right now?
Kesha...oh no, sorry, Ke$ha.
What was the last thing you liked that you saw on
Arsenal winning 5-0 in the Champions League.
What would you class as your most defining moment?
Last night at the Old Blue Last! You're only as good
as your last gig!
Analogue or digital?
White or wholemeal?
What are your plans for tonight?
A quick drink with a mate Brian, from a great oxford
band called Stornoway, then maybe the Man U/Milan game
in the pub, but most importantly bed by 11!
James Berry for Crud Magazine 2009©