Tim Vantol – If We Go Down, We Will Go Down Together
From the first opening bars of track one Tim Vantol brings us a definite toe tapping, thumb drumming bloody great album. The bearded Dutchman brings to mind several artists with his shouty, gravelly vocals, think Billy Bragg with tonsillitis.
If We Go Down, We Will Go Together starts us on the journey through this albums emotive nine tracks. Tim gives the impression, through his lyrics and his style of putting his words across, that he has had a hard life, but this must be the folk/county influence that comes across as he's doing rather well for himself currently. He’s toured extensively playing at several festivals including Lowlands and this is not his debut album.
Dirty Boots is a very catchy number which you'll find yourself still singing to 2 weeks later, it's such a short track but one which does get the message across of stop being a lazy bastard and get on with it!
The next little ditty on this album is Apologies, I Have Some, makes you want to crank the volume up. There will be at least one track on this album that you can relate to, something that you feel was written just with you in mind, What It Takes was this for me. Tim can really express his feelings and you can hear as well as feel the emotions he feels as he bares a bit more of his soul with each new track.
The most emotive track on the album has got to be Bitter Morning Taste a raw and painful telling of heartbreak and loss before What it Takes comes on and cheers you up with its great harmonies and jiggle inducing acoustic guitar.
Before it All Ends is a risky accapella song where Vantol shares his hopes of being able to reflect on life at the end and if only he could get there with the attitude of, “we will look back to our failures, but at least we can say we’ve tried” he’ll be a happy man.
I listened to I Could Have Been A Dancer in shock: How the fuck does Tim Vantol know my life? He has a great talent for putting everyday trials and tribulations in to words and sharing the hope that runs through every track, as he tells us, yes things are shit, and “is it all fucking worth it”, as he then asks us to remember “things could have been worse.”
Ultimately if we are going down, I would quite happily go down singing with Tim Vantol. The whole album is less than 25 minutes long, but it's definitely not a wasted 25 minutes! Go on treat yourself!
Words: Adele Sutcliffe-Saunders