When: 7.30pm on Monday 16 November 2015
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE
We’re delighted to be working with Tom Williams for the first time!
After releasing Easy Fantastic, his acclaimed third LP with The Boat on Moshi Moshi Records last year, Tom Williams jumped ship to explore a stripped back solo venture that focuses entirely on the charming intensity of his lyrical songwriting and the minimal arrangements provided by a close circle of friends.
The New House mini-album follows the sister record New Guitar (released in March this year) and both feature seven new songs each, all written over the past two years and put to tape at 2kHz Studios in Crouch End, London with Ian Grimble (The Fall, Manic Street Preachers, Siouxie And The Banshees).
Both mini-albums will be combined to form his first solo album proper with all 14 tracks available together as a deluxe vinyl disc. It’s all now available to pre-order via Tom’s own Wire Boat Recordings, along with a host of exclusive offers via the PledgeMusic campaign, which is already well on it’s way to reaching it’s target.
The collection of songs give an intimate insight into Tom’s transition from band to solo artist, his relocation from Tunbridge Wells to St Leonards and eventually settling in the new house which became the central point to the stories tying all these songs together. Playing with Tom on many of the tracks and also on stage is existing band member Ant Vicary from The Boat as well as Sarah Maycock, Fiona Keeler and Catherine Black on piano, vocals and cello respectively.
New Guitar received praise online from the likes of Q Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, Clash, Gold Flake Paint, God Is In The TV and picked up plays across the board on BBC 6 Music by Lauren Laverne, Huey Morgan, Tom Robinson and Steve Lamacq. Tom was also invited into the studio to chat about the album with Liz Kershaw and recently played a live session for John Kennedy on XFM.
A tour of intimate venues around the UK will support the release. The summer months have so far seen Tom Williams showcasing the new material at the Secret Garden Party and Forgotten Fields festivals, and will continue to perform a number of exclusive house gigs for the pledge campaign supporters.
Main support comes from Charlotte Carpenter. Charlotte has previously self-released four EPs, with her latest, The Fault Line EP, out on 13 November via her own Let It Go label. She recently came off a tour with Marika Hackman and has previously played alongside George Ezra and Ethan Johns. Charlotte has also seen early support from Lauren Laverne on BBC 6Music and Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1.
Opening the show are Manchester’s own Songs For Walter. Signed to Red Deer Club, the band list The Magnetic Fields, Bill Callahan and Destroyer among their influences, and have been described by Tom Ravenscroft as ‘One of my favourite discoveries of recent years’.