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The Claim Vinyl, CD & tapes by The Claim at Norman Records

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The Claim
Boomy Tella

The Claim were part of the mid '80s Medway Scene (see also The Prisoners, Billy Childish and The Dentists) and this is a re-issue of their second album which originally emerged in 1988. Theirs was a mod-influenced pop that had serious repercussions on the sound of the young Blur. Here it is remastered and re-presented with liner notes by guitarist David Arnold.  

The Claim
The New Industrial Ballads

It's always driven me a bit crackers when modern folk artists sing about dingly dells and wenches on horseback rather than continue the folk tradition by singing about issues of the day. The Claim couldn't claim (ha!) to be a folk band but the returning Medway Scene band here sing about such 2019 issues as economic migration and the changing industrial landscape. True folk music then but expect more thoughtful and literate English guitar pop from this long running concern.