Keep knocking on the door and eventually somebody will let you in. Some enter at the first time of asking, others are left to hammer away until their knuckles are red raw, and those who experience the latter must only persist. To give up with fists dripping with blood will not only sap your energy, it will also break your spirit. But, rest assured, eventually, you will find yourself on the other side if your will is great enough. You just have to make sure that, once you're in, you have something to say.

It was back in 2008 that BBC Introducing in Kent first acknowledged the fine potential of Tom Williams And The Boat. They became the radio show's flagship band for the future and slowly, but surely, the band have enjoyed an organic growth in ability and stature which has seen them gain regular radio exposure on BBC 6 Music and then BBC Radio 1. The incline has been acute, but the weight behind Tom Williams And The Boat has given them enough momentum to land this album release via Moshi Moshi Records.

Teenage Blood is the follow-up release to 2011's debut Too Slow, an album which was released on the band's own label and still managed to garner admirably enthusiastic support from BBC Radio DJ's such as Steve Lamacq and Lauren Laverne. This new release sees Tom Williams further exaggerate aspects of his song-writing which has so far facilitated his ability to avoid lazy nu-folk tags; ballsy, crunchy guitars in place of tepid acoustic finger-picking, gnarled vocals instead of cutesy doe-eyed simpering and lyrics which touch on darker aspects of humanity instead of clever wordplay referencing picnics, tweed and the importance of recycling. However, even though it's shades darker and far more subversive than Noah And The Whale, this isn't Mastadon or Anal Cunt we're talking about. Teenage Blood is still rooted in the conventional pop-rock traditions of Teenage Fanclub and Tom Petty. And whilst, as a vocalist, Tom is miles away from the annoying rural-posh-boy English timbre of Marcus Mumford, it is more reminiscent of a less deranged Nick Cave or more deranged Johnny Flynn than anything wildly original.

There are moments when Teenage Blood touches upon moments of genuine thrill and excitement; the last few cacophonic moments of 'Trouble With The Truth', Tom's bile spitting, rambling delivery in 'Little Bit In Me' and country-rock stomper 'Teenage Blood' is the album highlight for its clever arrangement and memorable melodies. The second half of the album sees a slight drop-off in what makes the first half so commendable. There are fewer risks taken as The Boat slather on more middle of the road guitar rock; 'Like You' gets stuck in its own chugging riff and 'Summer Drive' tries too hard aiming for more 'epic' territory. And whilst I understand what the more stripped back, acoustic numbers such as 'Emily' and 'There's A Stranger' aim to achieve in shaking up the dynamic and tempo of the album, it makes them no less dull in comparison to the stormers which inhabit the first 20 minutes of the record.

It seems that, with this record, Tom Williams And The Boat are finally through that daunting door which separates the striving unsigned band and those snapped up by the indie labels, firmly on the radar of the music media. But like an old platform game on the SNES or Super Nintendo, there are more doors which they failed to tell you about when you started banging on that first one. Luckily, Tom Williams And The Boat are going the right way about it. They'll be taking on Bowser in his sex dungeon before you know it.