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INTERVIEW: Tom Williams + The Boat

April 5, 2012 by  

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INTERVIEW: Tom Williams + The Boat

1. Tell us who you are and where you’re from.
My name is Tom Williams, I’m in a band called Tom Williams & The Boat and we’re from Kent in the UK.

2. Describe your music.
Doom rock – folk pop – doo wop – gloss.

3. Tell us how the band formed in three sentences.
Met at local music venue the grey lady. Started practicing. Booked a gig!

4. What did you do before you were in a band?
I played solo for a year or so, before realising I wanted to make a bigger noise.

5. List the first CDs/records each of you bought.
First cassette I bought was What’s The Story Morning Glory, shortly followed by Definitely Maybe, and Men In Black and Wild Wild West on cassette singles. First cd I got for christmas 2000 with my discman was Willenium. Will Smith changed my life.

6. What’s the band up to over the next few months?
Our album comes out April 23rd in the UK and May 1st in the US. We’re doing a tour in july, an festivals all summer we can’t wait.

7. Best item of fan mail you’ve ever received?
Jacqui our long time live photographer once knitted us a bear with a red jumper on with a boat on the front, you can’t beat that.

8. What music do you have on repeat in the tourbus?
I listen to a lot of Dylan, Young, Springsteen, Petty, Teenage Fanclub etc, think we all share a love for Radiohead, Pixies etc… It’s a mixed bag, there are a handful of heavy metal fans in there so there’s the odd slayer cassette knocking about.

9. What gear do you use?
A lot of us play Gibson guitars, Es 335s, Les Pauls, I play a Southern Jumbo acoustic too. Josh plays a Gibson E3 bass or a Rickenbacker. Chris plays a Nord stage piano.

10. What’s your best on-tour story?
When you’re on tour, days blend into days into nights into days but meeting fans that we know from twitter or facebook at the merch table is always a great moment. We’re always very in touch with our lot on social media, so it’s cool to finally meet the real people!

11. What do you demand on your rider?
Beers, Rum, Chris piano has to have nuts. He gets very angry about it.

12. What’s your website?

Check out Tom Williams And The Boat’s latest album ‘Teenage Blood’ – it’s out on 23rd April!



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