Ahead of his upcoming headline show at London’s Scala on May 16, Tom Williams has released acoustic version of his latest single ‘Run Down’. The accompanying video was filmed at Tim Rice-Oxley’s Sea Fog Studios, where Williams recorded his new album ‘What Did You Want To Be?’
Williams says of ‘Run Down’: “6Music had asked me to record a Tom Petty cover after he passed away, which had resulted in intensive bingeing on his back catalogue, and eventually led to me writing this song. Tim really latched on to it in the studio and helped bring all my Born In The USA/Full Moon Fever synth fantasies to life!”
‘Run Down’ forms half of Williams’ current AA sided single with ‘Stay Afloat’, which recently had its first radio play on Graham Norton’s BBC Radio 2 show. Both tracks taken from ‘What Did You Want To Be?’, a BBC 6Music Album Of The Day, which was produced by Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane) and is available now on Wireboat Recordings. The album also contains the 6Music and Radio X playlisted lead single ‘Early Morning Rain’, and follow-up single ‘It’s Dark Now.’
Williams is the subject of Chris Hawkins’ ‘Hometown Glory’ feature on 6Music next Monday, May 6, where he will speak about his hometown of Hastings.
When not recording and touring, Williams works as a music teacher, teaching guitar and songwriting to primary and secondary school children. “What did you want to be? Is a question that a young guitar pupil asked me once during a lesson,” says Tom. “I think when a child asks that question they are often meaning, did your life go to plan? Is what you are doing now what you always wanted to do? It’s also a way of that child asking, ‘will I be ok?’ It seemed to fit nicely with the themes of the album, mental health, personal expectation and young adulthood.”
Williams asked some of his pupils at Woodlands Primary School in Tonbridge to star in the video for ‘It’s Dark Now’, and the result is “a joyous, funny, and oddly moving testament to that sense of youthful innocence” (CLASH Magazine). Watch here.
Tom recently launched the Tom Williams Podcast, the first two episodes in this regular series are available to listen to with more to follow. Says Tom, “I wanted to expand on the amazing cast of inspirational people who helped in the making of the new album, plus interviews and sessions with fantastic songwriters new and established.”
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