Ah, Bradford. If you’ve followed Backseat Mafia through the years, you’ll be well aware of our devotion to Blackburns skinhead indie soulboys Bradford. A light that shines so brightly it caught Morrisseys attention, who covered the fantastic Skin Storm, and was blown away by bad luck – namely the collapse of Rough Trade distribution and the all engulfing rise of Madchester. It also led to the demise of famed producer Stephen Streets label Foundation, after Street had started working with the band and immediately signed them.
What they left was, according to Street himself, a lost gem, in the shape of the album ‘Shouting Quietly’. Sounds said upon its release in May 1988 “Five guys with strict haircuts, their image conjures up short, sharp, shocks but their music tells a different story, creating intelligent and distinctive, finely crafted Pop songs. There are no jangly jaunts through well trodden paths of predictability, the image, the name, the songs, the intelligence and the voice see to that”.
The ever brilliant A Turntable Friend are reissue the record in expanded form on 9th February, titled ‘Thirty Years of Shouting Quietly’, the newly remastered re-release also contains ‘In Liverpool’, (Record Mirror’s ‘Single of the Week’) their first single for Stephen Street’s Foundation label, B sides, the eponymous ‘French’ mini album and some never before released material. Totalling 30 tracks on gatefold double CD containing extensive liner notes by Fergal Kinney (Louder Than War), lyrics and photos.
Watch ‘In Liverpool’ here