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The Claim release The New Industrial Ballads

British indie rock stalwarts The Claim present their much-anticipated album The New Industrial Ballads, their first new recordings since 1992. Ahead of this, they teased the lead track Journey with accompanying video, inspired by Britain's Brexit conundrum.

The Claim are David Read (vocals/guitar/keyboards), David Arnold (guitar), Stuart Ellis (bass), and Martin Bishop (drums). Hailing from Cliffe in Kent, The Claim were one of the major players in the thriving 'Medway Scene', producing mod-influenced pop that seriously influenced on the sound of Blur's earliest works.

The new album comes hot on the trail of a special reissue of their seminal album 'Boomy Tella' album. A recent feature in El País, Spain’s biggest selling newspaper, described 'Boomy Tella' as the missing link between The Kinks and Blur.

The Claim makes beautiful and original hybrid music that channels the root ingredients of classic English guitar music – a tasteful combination of folk (Bert Jansch, Nick Drake), thoughtful, melodic pop (Michael Head, Ray Davies), and angular politically-tinged pop (Paul Weller, Elvis Costello, The Wolfhounds) into something that is contemporary and original.

The New Industrial Ballads presents the group's sound 30 odd years later if they had continued to play and develop, rather than quit. It’s different, it’s interesting but it is still distinctively in the mould that made the group the true pioneers of Britpop in the late 80s and early 90s.

As of May 24 via A Turntable Friend Records, this 14-track record is available digitally, on gatefold CD (with lyrics) and on black vinyl (with lyric sheet), with a special blue-green vinyl edition also exclusive to Rough Trade and Bandcamp orders.