guitar, vocals, drums
vocals, guitar, bass
DAVID KROLL: bass, banjo, tenor sax ...ERIC
CLARIDGE: drums, bass ...BRAD WOOD:
drums, soprano sax
(( + JOE VAJARSKY: tenor sax ..+
TOM JASEK: drums ))
BOAT was a phenomenal band that made music out of Chicago from the
mid 80s clear through to 1993. Taking inspiration from bluegrass,
jazz, country, rock n roll and most importantly - their own
collective gung-ho, their ability to voluminously manifest new song form
from the air around them left those exposed awestruck.
Fidelity has never been
a label for looking back. However, the voluminous joy and sweetest dreams
that the music of SHRIMP BOAT provided was a major impetus in launching
the label back in 1997 - pointedly, the promise of eventually manifesting
an archival Box Set that would reveal to the world anew the quiet majesty
and eternal beauty of their music was burning from the very beginning.
In the summer of 2004, this promise was realized with the release of the
4xCD Box Set, Something Grand. As a dessert to this promise,
the first-time-on-CD issue of their brilliant debut LP Speckly
was arranged for release on AUM Fideilty in Spring 2005.
Post-SHRIMP BOAT activities:
Sam Prekop and Eric Claridge
formed and continue to create with The
Sea And Cake; Sam returned to his painting in earnest and Eric
began painting as well. Ian Schneller recorded and released two
albums with his new group Falstaff, and has since devoted his creative
energies to Specimen Products
- designing and hand-crafting stringed instruments and tube amplifiers.
It would be truly great to hear him perform again in the realm of music,
yes. Yes it would. Brad Wood produced (and played on: drums, bass,
guitar) Liz Phairs epochal Exile In Guyville; he also worked
with Tortoise, The Sea And Cake, Red Red Meat and others - further refining
/defining a renowned era of the Chicago sound. David
Kroll left the band to focus on his painting; his work is featured
on the cover and book of Something Grand.
SHRIMP BOAT Albums Now
CD (AUM Fidelity) first time on CD
Grand BOX (AUM Fidelity) magnum
opus box set of previously unreleased recordings
1993 Cavale CD/LP (Bar-None/Rough Trade) out of print *
1993 Small Wonder 7" EP (Ajax) out of print: 3 of these songs ended up on Cavale; the 4th appears on Something Grand
1993 Keep On The Sunny Side: A Tribute to the Carter Family CD (Amoeba Records) out of print: both of the Shrimp Boat songs.featured on this compilation appear on Something Grand
1992 Duende CD/LP (Bar-None/Rough Trade) out of print *
1991 Volume One CD (Specimen Products) *
1989 Speckly LP (Specimen Products) out of print
1988 Daylight Savings CS (self-released) out of print *
1988 Some Biscuit CS (self-released) out of print *
in 2005, Bomba Records (Japan) re-issued
on CD the following titles: Volume One,
and for the first time ever, Some Biscuit &
Daylight Savings together on one CD. A small quantity of these are now available here.
*** and yes, the planned re-issue of the first genius Falstaff album remains on the AUM docket .. just going to take some time still OK?