The Claim re-release 'Boomy Tella' LP plus their new single 'Journey'
"These supernova tracks from Britain’s sons offer goodness floating somewhere between The Smiths, Blur and The Chameleons, but with the sheer positivity of The Railway Children" – The Record Stache
"Pure Englishness with lasting integrity. The Claim sound as great today as they did at the height of their popularity... The Claim could have been Wembley Stadium-filling prog rockers. Fortunately they never listened to anyone, ever" – Buzzin Music
"It’s no secret that members of Blur were fans of The Claim, enough to borrow from their sound for their early material. This is not surprising at all, especially considering how catchy, fun and upbeat this music is" – The Noise Journal
"The Claim wrote exquisite songs of love, loss and social commentary... Some of the most exquisite and exhilarating pop this side of The Turtles" – Pop Junkie London
British indie rock stalwarts The Claim present their seminal album 'Boomy Tella', which is being released on vinyl and also CD for the first time via A Turntable Friend Records. The album has been remastered for this limited edition of 300 copies, using the original 1/4 inch tapes. If that weren't enough, on this same day, they are also releasing 'Journey', the first single off 'New Industrial Ballads', their first new album in 20 years.
As for 'Boomy Tella', the green vinyl gatefold offers the original 10 tracks (with download code), while the 14-track CD comes as a 6-page gatefold package. The additional four tracks were unreleased demo tracks from 1988-1990 - 'Business Boy', 'God Cliffe And Me', 'Fallen Hero' and 'Untitled'.
The gatefold package for both vinyl and CD includes lyrics and rare photos from their archives, as well as liner notes from the band's guitarist David Arnold, who also played on early releases by The Jasmine Minks, the first band signed to Alan McGee’s Creation Records. The vinyl comes with a download of the 10 album tracks plus 4 bonus tracks.
Hailing from Cliffe in Kent, The Claim were one of the major players in the thriving 'Medway Scene', which emerged from the Medway Towns in the 1980's alongside such bands as The Prisoners, Thee Milkshakes, The Dentists, Wipe Out and more. Theirs was a mod-influenced pop that seriously influenced on the sound of Blur's earliest works.
The Claim's debut album 'Armstrong's Revenge and Eleven Other Short Stories' was released in 1985, following this up the next year with 'This Pencil Was Obviously Sharpened By a Left-Handed Indian Knife Thrower'. Their work received glowing reviews, including 8 out of 10 by Bob Stanley at the NME, as well as being played numerous times by John Peel.
Aftter signing to Kevin Pearce's Esurient Communications in 1988, they released 'Boomy Tella', followed by singles 'Wait and See', 'Sunday' and arguably their finest moment 'Picking Up The Bitter Little Pieces'. They then released a one-off single on the Caff label, run by Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley. By 1993, the band had split.
In 2009, Cherry Red Records paid tribute to The Claim's earlier recordings via their 'Black Path' compilation. This long-overdue compilation of the band's finest work introduced a new generation to their timeless music.
‘Boomy Tella’ can be ordered now on CD and vinyl via A Turntable Friend Records at http://aturntablefriendrecords.limitedrun.com/products/635028-the-claim-boomy-tella and digitally via Bandcamp below
The Claim will be celebrating their album launch on March 23 at the 100 Club, with very special guests The Jasmine Minks, Treasures of Mexico (ex Dentists) and DJ Vic Templar. This show is also a curtain raiser for The Claim’s new album, set for release on May 24.
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New photos by Gary Williams. Old photos by Susan Wilson
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