Tom Williams & The Boat - Teenage Blood

Has a twisted, writhing soul at its heart
Tom Williams & The Boat - Teenage Blood
At a time when alternative music seems so often preoccupied with fitting in rather than standing out, it’s refreshing to hear such a wilfully individual sound. With roots in the melodic world of the mainstream, ‘Teenage Blood’ is an instantly endearing proposition, although repeated listens unveil the twisted, writhing soul at its heart. The dextrous band ooze and explode thrillingly with each emotional turn, while Williams’ sung-spoken vocals are perhaps the band’s trademark, variously murmuring, bellowing and spitting out lyrical delights such as “My sister was a referee / Reffing Sunday morning leagues / South of Sheffield at a park / Showing yellow cards to rapists and thieves.”

8/10

Words by GARETH JAMES

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