+ special guests: THE JASMINE MINKS
+ support: THE TREASURES OF MEXICO
+ DJ: VIC TEMPLAR
The Claim hail from Cliffe in Kent and were one of the major players in the thriving "Medway Scene" which came out of the Medway Towns in the 1980's alongside The Prisoners, Thee Milkshakes, The Dentists, Wipe Out and more. Their debut album "Armstrong's Revenge and Eleven Other Short Stories" was released in 1985 closely followed by "This Pencil Was Obviously Sharpened By a Left-Handed Indian Knife Thrower" the following year.
Signing to Kevin Pearce's Esurient Communications in 1988 they released the fantastic "Boomy Tella" LP followed by singles "Wait and See", "Sunday" and arguably their finest moment "Picking Up The Bitter Little Pieces". A one off single on Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley Caff label followed but by 1993 the band had split. In 2009, Cherry Red Records released a long overdue compilation of the band's finest work called "Black Path" which introduced a new generation to their timeless music. In 2019, The Claim are back with their first album in over 20 years and will be launching it exclusively tonight at the world famous 100 Club.
Aberdeen's The Jasmine Minks were one of the first band's signed to Alan McGee's Creation Records in 1984. Their debut single "Think!" was switfly followed by the classic debut album "One Two Three Four Five Six Seven, All Good Preachers Go To Heaven". A nationwide UK tour followed with The Jesus and Mary Chain and they were invited by the NME to showcase as one of the hottest bands around alongside Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, The Triffids, The Go-Betweens, The Pogues and more. Three more classic albums were released and tours ensued with Primal Scream and The House of Love until the band split in 1989. Reforming in 2000, The Jasmine Minks are back and appearing tonight as very special guests of their friends The Claim.
The Treasures of Mexico feature Bob Collins and Mark Matthews from The Dentists and Russ Baxter from Secret Affair.
DJ Vic Templar is also known as Ian Smith, who was the original drummer with The Dentists, who will be spinning a mixture of indie pop, 60's girl groups and more.