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REVOLUTION'S PROMO COPIES TO AUCTIONED FOR CHARITY
10 promo copies of T&M 013 U.K. Subs - The Revolution's Here 10" mini LP will be auctioned over the next ten weeks on the T&M ebay auction account: tandmrecordingsu.k.subscharityauctions.
There will also be one of the five test pressings coming up from grabs before xmas.
All proceeds will be going to the RNLI to add to the £1100- we raised with the U.K. Subs 2014 tour programme
TEST PRESSINGS ARRIVE FOR:
A new series of collectors' double A-sided 7" singles...
'Featuring Charlie Harper'
#1 - THE BERLIN LIGHTS / THE DUGZ
These releases will contain tracks by various bands on which Charlie has collaborated or featured on.
Every release in the series will be double A-sided, limited edition, hand numbered and coloured vinyl with an insert.
The first release will be available in early October 2014 and will be:
- The BERLIN LIGHTS - Hit The Floor
- The DUGZ - Caught In A War
Catalogued T&M 015, the 'Featuring Charlie Harper #1' release will be limited to 250 hand numbered copies and be pressed on white vinyl with black splatters.
Further details will be issued in due course...
2015 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
The provisional dates for next year's annual early European tour are now in.
Please be aware that some may be liable to alteration and others will be added in due course. As per previous years, the fabulous T.V. Smith will be providing support.
The U.K. Subs' European tour booking agents are MUTTIS and their website, for all the up to date news is http://www.muttis-booking.de/
Muttis' Facebook page can also be consulted HERE
U.K. SUBS EUROPEAN TOUR DATES 2015
T.V. Smith will be supporting
ALVIN GIBBS: OU BA (Hons) History
Inspired by Alvin? Then Click HERE to find out more about taking an Open University course...
- Alvin also confirmed to T&M that the next instalment of his memoirs will be ready for exclusive publication on this website very soon: read all previous chapters HERE
'VIOLENT STATE' CD RE-PRESSING AVAILABLE NOW
UK: £10 including shipping without jewel case or £12 in it's jewel case.
ALL THE LATEST NEWS REGARDING THE 'Y' ALBUM
26 August 2014: New album Update
Title confirmed as YELLOW LEADER
Exclusive T&M Charlie Interview about the album
PLUS! Exclusive news from Captain Oi! and full album track listing!
The album has been produced by Charlie and Pat Collier at the latter's Perry Vale Studios in London, as were the last two Subs albums.
All vinyl copies will not include 'Rebellion Song' and '611'.
ALL THE LATEST NEWS REGARDING THE 'Y' ALBUM:
A BRAND NEW URBAN DOGS 7" SINGLE: 'REBELLION SONG'
MATTHEW BEST BACK IN THE LINE-UP
TWO BRILLIANT NEW TRACKS RECORDED
After their last fantastic release, the critically acclaimed acoustic ‘Bonefield’ album on Time & Matter Records, we are pleased to announce that Time & Matter will be scheduling the brand new vinyl-only single by the Urban Dogs for release later in the year.
Recorded at Pat Collier’s Perry Vale Studios in London on the 9th and 10th of July 2014, the Urban Dogs are once again joined by original drummer Matthew Best on two tracks, entitled ‘Rebellion Song’ and ‘One Foot In The Grave’.
Produced by Charlie himself, with Pat Collier as engineer, the new Urban Dogs line-up is:
Charlie Harper: Vocals / Guitar
Knox: Vocals / Lead Guitar
Pat Collier: Bass
Mathew Best: Drums / Backing Vocals
A Knox painting of an 'Urban Dog' will feature as the single's cover, which will also include an insert, with lyrics. Current plans are for the single to be a limited edition of 500 hand numbered copies, on coloured vinyl with the T&M catalogue number yet to be finalised!
Rebellion Song (3:31)
Charlie Harper takes the vocal duties on this outstanding song about the will of the people to keep writing ‘the Rebellion song’ in reaction to the destruction caused by war-mongering leaders. Singing about believing in “creative rebellion”, this mid-tempo instant classic with a catchy chorus rides throughout on some fabulous soaring guitar work.
Key lyric: “…born in a war-torn land, raised with a gun in my hand, where the victors write the history, we write Rebellion song…”
“No one can save me now as far as I can see”, Knox sings on this up-tempo dazzling Urban Dogs number, with haunting deep murmured backing harmonies. With some world-weary Knox political commentary on the rich and the poor, which provides perfect symbiosis with Harper’s ‘Rebellion Song’, there’s also a parallel personal commentary on mortality infused into this song via Knox’s dark humour.
Key lyric: “…thousands of years of politics, but the poor are still the poor…”
U.K. Subs fans, Vibrators fans, Urban Dogs aficionados et al can rejoice that this dynamic duo are back, better than ever, and snarling and howling to their fans’ content.
Time & Matter quizzed Knox further about his song and he revealed that “…I don’t remember the circumstances of writing “One Foot In The Grave”, it was quite a while ago. I looked it up and I made my original home demo of the song on 15 August 1986. I sort of write and demo songs pretty much continuously and every now and again I’ll look over some old demos and see if they’re alright for whatever I’m doing. Usually I’ll make a new demo as the original ones are often too rough or embarrassing to actually play to anyone! One thing I like about the song is that it’s a rant and the vocal just goes on and on with no guitar solo or break, so it’s slightly unusual in that respect. Recording at Pat Collier’s studio (Perry Vale Studios near Forest Hill) was very easy, especially as drummer Matthew is a good attention to detail person. I was a bit worried about playing the guitar as I hadn’t really played it at all for ages, but it all came back to me, (well what there was of it), and the ends of my fingers, which were like jelly, held up OK. I took some plasters to the studio just in case!...”
T&M also spoke to returning Dogs drummer Matthew Best about how he returned to the fold: “… well Charlie just phoned me up out of the blue and asked if I'd be interested in getting together to record a single and I said yes. There wasn't much more to it than that. We didn't rehearse, we didn't even meet up beforehand. Knox sent me a demo of his song the day before we went into the studio, but I didn't hear Charlie's song until I got there. Everything seemed to click pretty well and we got both drum tracks down quickly and then went on to do the rest of the overdubs. Both songs were arranged, recorded and mixed in just less than two days, thanks largely to Pat Collier's quick work in the studio - he doesn't mess about! It was fantastic to see Knox and Charlie again as we had quite a bit of catching up to do. There is talk of more too, as we were pretty unanimous that we'd love to do another one…”
And finally, T&M spoke to the main man Charlie Harper about the new Dogs recordings, which he enthused are "...very exciting". Regarding 'Rebellion Song', Charlie revealed that "I wrote the song in preparation for the new U.K. Subs 'Y' album, but it just had more of an Urban Dogs feel to it. The song quickly developed after I was playing the guitar, learning some easy Jazz chords. Suddenly, whilst playing, some lyrics popped into my head which were 'Are you pointing a gun to my head...' I immediately felt that the words went well with those chords that I had and the rest really flowed easily, I actually wrote around 10 verses pretty much straight off, but then whittled them down afterwards. We are all very pleased with how it's all turned out..."
All pictures in this news story were kindly supplied by Matthew Best - cheers Matthew!
NEW 5 CD BOXSET UPDATE
U.K. Subs: 'AD 1979 - 1981 The Gem Years'
Catalogue number, booklet and artwork details announcement...
Below we show you some of the artwork as a taster... click the images to enlarge.
BORN A ROCKER
A U.K. Subs Book
By Marc Brekau
Forthcoming book requires your help...
Nicky Garratt T&M Exclusive
New Hedersleben album out now
Nicky explains the new songs exclusively for T&M
New album line-up: Nicky Garratt - Guitars / Kephera Moon - Keys / Kati Knox - Vocals / Bryce Shelton - Bass / Jason Willer - Drums/Percussion.
"This is the only time I've ever explained the meaning of these songs!
I envisioned the first 3 Hedersleben LPs from the band’s inception.
It's Time and Matter - or strictly Time and Space - in a sense.
The first album 'Upgoer' is about humanities ultimate goal of going up.
Upgoer (part one)
We look up! You will hear the sounds of Earth and at the end the voice is a recording of the last speaker of a dead language.
Der Donnervogel (Dreamstate)
Up we go and we pass, allegorically, through the mythical Thunderbird constellation.
Thoughts during the journey. (Words by K. Bean).
Upgoer (Part 2)
The expansive galaxy engulfs the ship as do the possibilities.
The End of Love. (Dreamstate)
The crew emerge from the cryogenic machines. To them they have just said their goodbyes to lovers, friends and families who have, by now been dead for thousands of years.
The second, new album, 'Die Neuen Welten' continues our saga as we celebrate the new worlds discovered by the Kepler space telescope. Now these planets await.
Zu Den Neuen Welten
To the new worlds.
(On The Ground) Safe and Sound
The unmanned probe lands.
Nomad World (Dreamstate)
We know planets can be ejected from star systems to drift darkly through interstellar space. It has been postulated that they might be more numerous than stellar bound worlds. These orphans mimic humanity itself until we can show we are not alone.
One of Space telescope Kepler's triumphs.
Tiny Flowers/Little Moon
…and life goes on. Little Moon is our keyboard player Kephera's world - you'll need a passport.
It is due to be recorded next year..."
Nicky Garratt 16 July 2014
Further Information on Hedersleben...
From the band's website:
- Hedersleben official website: click here
- Hedersleben Facebook: click here
- Hedersleben Bandcamp: click here
22/08/2014 UPDATE: NEW HEDERSLEBEN FILM RELEASED
Hedersleben have today released a 17 minute film/video version of Zu Den Neuen Welten. It was shot and directed by Erren Franklin, and at the end of the piece, there is a little footage of what Nicky described to T&M as "Hedersleben goofing around..."
THE MUTANTS: RHYTHM AND PUNK REVIEW
NOW AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD - VINYL & CDs TO FOLLOW...
As previously reported on T&M, Charlie Harper has written and recorded a couple of tracks for this forthcoming album of collaborations, jointly partnered at the helm by Chris Constantinou and Paul Frazer. The two tracks Charlie features on as vocalist are 'Freedom in Chains' and 'Vomit Feat', both of which Charlie laid down back in May of last year.
The album is now available digitally, and T&M will announce the release date of the vinyl and CD versions, and where to buy this superb new album soon...
Amazon US: Click here
N GIBBS' MEMOI - NEW CHAPTER PUBLISHED
My Life as a UK Sub, and other Strange Stories...
***Updated 21 July 2014***
New instalment published!
Chapter Six: BRAND NEW AGE (Part 2)
T&M today proudly publishes the 14th instalment of this fabulous series of memoirs from Alvin Gibbs about his life and U.K. Subs-experiences...
Read the latest...
In which Alvin starts recording with his new band mates, raising praise from one Gary Glitter, before playing abroad, encountering forest peace and near biker death, learning about Harper-radar in the process, as well as the ongoing public perception of Punk.
Our hero also meets a fledgling U2, hears the original 'Crash Course' in all its un-glory and considers the opinions of Bruce Dickinson (...yes, the Bruce Dickinson...!), of Iron Maiden fame, then and now!
Previous chapters are archived in the T & Misc! section to the right entitled "Alvin Gibbs' memoirs"
2 BRAND NEW U.K. SUBS RE-ISSUES
ON CD FROM CAPTAIN OI! - AVAILABLE NOW
'LIVE KICKS' & 'DEMONSTRATION TAPES' GET THE CAPTAIN OI! TREATMENT
The latest 500 copies-limited run U.K. Subs and related re-issues from Captain Oi! are out NOW!
Following on from the fabulous first two releases in this new series - Charlie's solo debut LP 'Stolen Property' and the Urban Dogs' 'No Pedigree' LP (still available as a limited package deal for £20 - click here) Captain Oi! have now put out LIVE KICKS & DEMONSTRATION TAPES.
Captain Oi!s price is £12.99 including delivery to the UK. Special deal info below though...
U.K. SUBS – LIVE KICKS (AHOY SUBS CD3)
"The first ever U.K. Subs live album finally gets a proper CD release. Now in its original sleeve and restored to its original unedited track listing complete with in-between song banter and the encore. Also added is the band's ultra rare four track demo from 1977 which has never been officially released before. Couple that with some in-depth liner notes by the Subs official website's Rob Cook and you have a brilliant Punk Rock collectors piece."
"This is a 21 track revamp of a compilation originally issued on vinyl in 1982 (and reissued as "Raw Material” four years later). All tracks are taken from Charlie Harper’s personal archive and include some brilliant studio demos from the first two ‘classic’ line ups of the U.K. Subs. Great sleeve and track notes by Rob Cook at the band's official Time & Matter website make this a must have for collectors of Punk Rock. It's got a reversible sleeve as well so you can have the cover of your choice!"
Captain Oi! are doing a special offer of both 'Live Kicks' & 'Demonstration Tapes' for £20 which is available here: http://shop.captainoi.com/shopexd.asp?id=266
CHARLIE HARPER: 'STOLEN PROPERTY' - BRAND NEW CD ISSUE OUT NOW!
Get both CDs for just £20 inc UK Delivery.
The only way to get that deal is to buy from this link:
ALSO AVAILABLE FROM AMAZON
Click the above links to buy the CDs from Amazon
2014 marks the 70th year of Charlie Harper in May, proving punk rock keeps you young!
Grab yourself a commemorative t-shirt! E
Previous Mainstage story - click here
T&M 011: THE TIME & MATTER CAR WINDOW STICKER
The Time & Matter catalogue recently made it in to double figures with our U.K. Subs 2014 calendar, helping to raise £2,000 for the R.N.L.I on the way. So to celebrate this we have produced T&M 011, which is a fabulously fun, limited run, high quality ‘Time & Matter’ Car Window Sticker.
Made from static-cling vinyl so it's easy to fix and easy to remove, the sticker celebrates the artists we've had the pleasure of working with over the last 4 years. Measuring 250mm x 50mm, we hope you agree that this is an essential purchase for any true U.K. Subs fanatic.
So whether you live in your car or if it just sometimes feels that way, you can now brighten things up in your vehicle with this suitably sloganed Subs-sticker; and as usual the proceeds will all go to Charlie's Charitable Cause. Only £2.00 plus P&P.
You can pick up yours via the Time & Matter Recordings Big Cartel webstore HERE!
SPOOF U.K. SUBS TWITTER ACCOUNT!
An unknown Subs fan has set up a spoof UK Subs Twitter account combining UK Subs lyrics and the world of Lego! It looks as if 'Lego_UK_Subs' is intent on tweeting some 'lego-ified' UK Subs lyrics from every UK Subs album and they have - obviously! - started with 'Another Kind Of Block'!!!!
Follow Lego_UK_Subs on Twitter - click here
HOMEPAGE PICTURE CHOICE NUMBER 30
U.K. SUBS ON A FERRY IN 1982
John Seeley submitted to T&M 3 photos he found of Charlie Harper, Nicky Garratt and Steve Roberts on a ferry from Germany in 1982. John's mate Mike James is on the far right of Charlie in the photo of them meeting the band and road crew on a ferry trip with Radnor College of F.E, travelling from
Bremerhaven (Germany) to Harwich in 1982 (October?)
The two additional photos can be viewed HERE
"People, people, people, get involved. Play your guitar, do your fanzines, take photos BE INVOLVED. One day it could all be worth something because it's not only history but the future too. So live it, don't just be part of the audience, participate."
Charlie Harper, 17 December 1998 - quoted from an interview in Scanner Fanzine Issue 3
"Among the many bands on the bill are some of the veterans of the punk/new wave explosion of the late 1970s including... ...the seemingly indestructible UK Subs. Still fronted by Charlie Harper, who first formed the band as an Elizabethan madrigal quartet sometime in the 1600s, UK Subs were one of the original punk bands from 1976 and are notable not least for the fact of having been through at least 35 drummers in their 35-year history."
Nick Horton - Dorset Echo - 12th August 2011
T&M website born: October 2008 .
Official launch date: 1 December 2009.
The basis of ‘Time and Matter’ is to provide a chronological listing, day by day; month by month; year by year of the band’s many activities.
Our aim is to provide as full an historical archive of the
U.K. Subs as possible... Full website editors' statement... click here
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1st May 2012: TIME & MATTER IS BACK!
After this U.K. Subs historical archive was hacked and disabled on 12th March 2012, we were forced to move it. WE ARE THEREFORE DELIGHTED TO BE BACK - KEEPING YOU BANG UP TO DATE WITH EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE U.K. SUBS.
Eternal thanks to both Adam Welsh at Fallen Leaf Design and Chris Boehm at Firebird Information Technology Solutions who salvaged the old site, rebuilt it and are now hosting the new Time & Matter website.
Without their professional, efficient and incredibly friendly service, knowledge and know-how we wouldn't be here today. So if you are having IT / website problems or are looking for a reliable service please show your gratitude for this website's return by utilising their businesses.
Finally, thanks to everyone out there in Subs-land who sent us messages of support and encouragement whilst the website was down. It meant a lot.
Keep spreading the Subs love
Mark Chadderton | Rob Cook
T&M website editors
Time don't matter at all...