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Time & Matter Records Proudly Presents...
T&M 026 CD and MC
Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war…
They’re back with a bite!
FOUR LUMINARIES OF THE PUNK AND ALTERNATIVE SCENE RE-UNITE FOR A BRAND NEW KILLER LP!
Charlie Harper (U.K. Subs)
Knox (The Vibrators)
Alvin Gibbs (U.K. Subs)
Matthew Best (Psychic TV)
Recorded at ex-Vibrators’ bassist Pat Collier’s London Studio in May 2016, this fi fth Urban Dogs album really is their best yet, featuring a stunning collection of songs that are breathtaking in their variety, both musically and lyrically.
Selected highlights are Charlie’s harmonica-drenched ‘Pawn Shop Special’ and bittersweet ‘Whisky Song’, Knox’s fascinating songwriting skills, encompassing ageing love, crucifi xion and android analogy, two stunning covers; their take on The Monkees and Sex Pistols’ famous cover song ‘Steppin’ Stone’ and Johnny Thunders’ classic ‘You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory’ as well as Alvin’s best ever song yet, the simply sensational punk raucous sweaty-sweet stomper that is ‘Sidewalk Baby’.
All that and we haven’t even barked on about the Knox sung Gibbs homage to Vivienne Westwood - ‘World’s End Apocalypso’ or Alvin’s perfect politician put-down ‘Goddamn Liar’!
Yet more genius to chew on!
01. Dancing On The Heads Of Snakes
02. The Little Song
03. Sidewalk Baby
04. Pawn Shop Special
05. We Are Machine
06. Trick Or Treat
07. Goddamn Liar
08. Storm Over Golgotha Tonight
09. You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory
10. World’s End Apocalypso
11. (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
12. The Whisky Song
Following the album launch party at the band's spiritual home, the 100 Club in London, Attack is now available to buy now on CD and very limited edition cassette through T&M's web-shop.
Both formats boast two bonus tracks; Rebellion Song and One Foot In The Grave, both taken from the band's 2014 single released on Time & Matter Records, T&M 016.
The album will also be available on limited edition blue vinyl, due for release around Xmas 2016 to January 2017....
Time & Matter Records Proudly Presents...
- Brand new Urban Dogs 7" single on Time & Matter Records
- 'Trick or Treat' taken from the forthcoming LP 'Attack'
- Limited to 350 copies...
- On emerald green blood coloured vinyl...
- With lyrical and informational insert...
- B-side boasts 2 previously unreleased tracks from the band's first demos in 1982:
'New Barbarians' & 'Utopia'
URBAN DOGS 2016:
CHARLIE HARPER: Vocals / KNOX: Guitar & "Halloween"
ALVIN GIBBS: Bass / MATTHEW BEST: Drums
URBAN DOGS 1982:
CHARLIE HARPER: Vocals / DAVE DUDLEY: Guitar
STEVE SLACK: Bass / MATTHEW BEST: Drums
BUY IT NOW - CLICK HERE
Brilliant Interview With Charlie In 'Fear & Loathing' Fanzine
Conducted by Andy P, editor and brains behind this ever brilliant fanzine, the interview took place after the soundcheck for the Subs' 100 Club gig on 21 May 2016, a few weeks after the release of the 'Ziezo' album.
Just as this fanzine's superb 2008 Subs interview was (issue 63), this is one of the most infomative and fascinating interviews with Charlie that you will read...
Covering Charlie's early life and musical journey through to the final Subs album and beyond, here are a few example quotes...
"But while we were there, a bomb landed right next to our house, almost a direct hit, and our house collapsed into the harbour..."
"Funnily enough, my Mum and my Aunt actually used to come to the 100 Club to dance to the Jazz bands..."
"...then the Rolling Stones came along. Once I saw them, I was hooked. I loved everything about them and I’d follow them everywhere. I mean, there were times when I’d get to see them three times in a week..."
"I only had a small room, but I painted this big Sixties-style mural on the wall, and added ‘November 17th, 1965’. That was the first time I played music onstage, although at the time I was playing folk music..."
***Updated 2 November 2016***
New instalment published!
SHAKE UP THE CITY (part 1)
T&M today proudly publishes the 22nd instalment of this wonderful series of memoirs from Alvin Gibbs about his life and U.K. Subs-experiences...
As usual, the latest episode boasts many previously unpublished photos from Alvin's personal archive...
Read the latest...
In which our narrator experiences a shared near-death experience (just) above icy waters, finishes the 'Hardcore Storms America' tour, champions his former champion for another Subs line-up twist, hears Harper's breast-ever bad-timekeeping excuse, takes a socialising sojourn, before getting it on with Straps and a Vibrator for a 12", becomes a Dog, finally finding himself fooling around with Nasty rats and their watering holes...
Previous chapters are archived in the T & Misc! section to the right entitled "Alvin Gibbs' memoirs"...
Jamie & 'Crew' Charity Skydive For Baby Hospice
U.K. Subs drummer Jamie Oliver is organising a charity skydiving day with his mum and all of the bar staff at the Crew/Queen's Hall music venue in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.
The event will raise money for Zoë's Place, which is a 'local' Baby Hospice based in Coventry.
Zoë's Place is an independent registered Charity providing palliative, respite and end of life care to babies and infants aged from birth to 5 years suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Compassionate care is at the heart of Zoë's Place's philosophy and this crucial care is provided to all who access their facilities irrespective of their religious beliefs, colour, race, culture or gender, and there is no charge to the families who use this amazing service.
Jamie, along with ten others will be doing a group skydiving day in March in order to help Zoë's Place open up 2 of their 6 cot rooms which are currently not operating due to lack of funds.
This is an amzing cause to which we hope U.K. Subs fans worldwide can now help by sponsoring Jamie's fundraising plan of action for this incredibly important charity.
Any donation/sponsorship will be gratefully welcomed...
Please get involved by visiting:
This is what Jamie had to say about the fundraising event...
"On March 2nd (weather permitting) 11 of us will take to the skies and jump out of a perfectly good plane at around 13,000 feet and plummet towards the earth at around 125mph. It must be noted that my nine good friends and my mum have never done this before, so to get all of them on board is pretty damned impressive.
This is a very worthy and noble cause and we would appreciate your support in any way, shape or form. Whatever you can do or spare will be warmly welcomed and will go towards improving the living conditions of many children, many of whom will not make it past infancy.
We have a page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thecrewbarskydivers where you can help us to support this most excellent of causes.
Thanks in advance,
Jamie's Just Giving Webpage: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thecrewbarskydivers
Zoë's Place Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/zoes.coventry
The Crew Bar Skydivers Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheCrewBarSkydivers/
Zoë's Place website: http://www.zoes-place.org.uk/coventry/
Steve Straughan's other bands CDs now in stock at T&M
Ahead of the forthcoming UK winter tour, T&M thought that it would offer Subs fans the chance to purchase some CDs of new guitarist Steve Straughan's previous and side project bands, so you can hear how superb his other work beside the Subs is!
Therefore, we have limited stock now available in the T&M webstore for your convenience and listening pleasure of the following:
LOADED 44: GET READY! CD EP
Loaded 44 are the ass-shakin' punk rock band from the North East of England. Formed in 1996, guitarist-songwriter Dave is joined by Beki (Steve Ignorant's Last Supper European tour 2010) with Steve Straughan and Nelly from The Lurkers.
With a sound that has been compared to "Blondie meets the Ramones", Loaded 44 will blow you away...
>>> GET READY! is their latest CD EP released in August 2016 <<<
"...straight away you’re pulled in by this infectious high tempo buzzsaw guitar punk anthem, this is Loaded 44‘s trademark style and it’s never sounded better..." ThePunkSite.Com
"Loaded 44 are an example of the grassroots DIY attitude at it’s finest, this is an EP that anyone with a love of punk rock should buy..." ThePunkSite.Com
HI-FI SPITFIRES: NIGHTRAID CD ALBUM
Hi -Fi Spitfires are a 3 piece punk rock band, formed in mid 2008, the 'Heart Of A Punk, Soul Of A Rasta' online zine said "Hi-Fi Spitfires... blur somewhere between "Give 'Em Enough Rope" and "Inflammable Material..." Bloody brilliant in other words!
"...their debut album was impressive but Nightraid feels like an altogether more accomplished beast. Hi-Fi Spitfires are unsurprisingly heavily influenced by the likes of Stiff Little Fingers, The Clash and The Ruts, but that’s not to say that they are some dated anachronism, they take their lead from the first wave of punk rock but they have taken it and made it there own, as a result Nightraid is a contemporary slightly harder edged interpretation..." ThePunkSite.Com
"This is a very accomplished album from a band that are grass roots DIY punk rock, that alone would be a reason to support them but forget about that for a moment, just focus on the fact that this is a great album regardless of how it came into being. As long as bands like Hi-Fi Spitfires are keeping the grass roots of punk alive and well then we’ll know our scene is in safe hands..." ThePunkSite.Com
- Read Steve's exclusive T&M interview - click here
- Read Steve's interview on the punksite.com - click here
- Read T&Ms announcement of Steve joining the Subs - click here
Check out 'Double Crossing Blues' by The Hi-Fi Spitfires below
VISIT THE T&M WEBSTORE: CLICK HERE
NICKY GARRATT EXCLUSIVE!
Exploring the new Hedersleben album
Time & Matter are absolutely thrilled that ex-U.K. Subs guitarist Nicky Garratt has written another exclusive article for his popular T&M section
'NICKY'S GUITAR NOTES'.
After previously writing articles on his various guitars as well as penning a recording diary for T&M along with giving exclusive insights into each new song, Nicky, as he generously did with the first three Hedersleben LPs, reveals the inspiration and story behind the soon to be released fourth Hedersleben album 'Orbit', in yet another fascinating article.
The latest article published today (25/09/2016)
Read Nicky's brand new exclusive to T&M article - click here
Buy Hedersleben 4 - Orbit HERE
SIGNED NICKY GARRATT ALBUMS AVAILABLE...
The Time & Matter webstore has got the first three Hedersleben albums in stock, of which we have a limited amount signed by Nicky as well as by the band...
U.K. Subs 4-CD boxset due from Cleopatra Records
Cleopatra Records will be issuing a 4-CD boxset featuring the official albums KILLING TIME, QUINTESSENTIALS, RIOT and TIME WARP on 30 September 2016.
Entitled '4 WAYS TO THE CENTER', with a catalogue number of CLO0000437, the set is available to pre-order on the internet now at a variety of websites...
The press release information reads as follows:
"4 long out of print albums are packaged together in this special box set from the iconic punk rock outfit, UK Subs! Includes the classic 1988 album Killing Time as well as the simultaneously released Quintessentials & Riot PLUS their greatest hits revisited collection Time Warp! Each album comes packaged in it's own wallet, replicating the original artwork, and the entire set comes with a full-color booklet featuring rare photos and liner notes by Subs guitarist Nicky Garratt!"
Charlie Tribute Song On New Anti-Nowhere League LP
The Anti-Nowhere League's brand new studio album, entitled 'The Cage' is due to be released on 13 May 2016 on Cleopatra Records.
Of much interest to Subs fans will be the fourth track on the new long-player called 'Uncle Charlie', which is a tribute song to the Subs' leader.
Available on CD as well as Limited Edition vinyl, Cleopatra's own short press release highlight's the Harper-homage as follows:
"The brand new studio album from the UK punk rock icons who inspired everyone from Metallica to Rancid, the ever-defiant Anti-Nowhere League!
Indomitable frontman and founder Animal leads the band through 13 superb new tracks including a heartfelt ode to UK Subs singer Charlie Harper (“Uncle Charlie”) and the soon-to-be barroom classic “God Bless Alcohol!”
The band will be hitting the road as a part of the hugely popular Punk Rock Bowling Festival along with Buzzcocks, Millencolin, Descendents, and more!
Available on both CD and vinyl!"
The full track listing is:
1. A Bad Storm / 2. Punk Rock Girl / 3. Sealed With A Kiss / 4. Uncle Charlie / 5. The Last Cowboys / 6. Fields Of Yesterday / 7. Fix Me / 8. 13 Rat Theory / 9. God Bless Alcohol / 10. Time To Kill / 11. Walk Away [CD ONLY] / 12. Ain’t We ‘avin’ Fun / 13. Brick By Brick
- BUY THE CD FROM THE A.N.L. WEBSITE: click here
- BUY THE LP ON VINYL FROM CLEOPATRA: click here
- BUY THE LP ON CD FROM CLEOPATRA: click here
- BUY THE CD FROM AMAZON UK: click here
The U.K. Subs official merchandiser Mainstage Merch have recently added a couple of new t-shirts, pictured below with links to purchase.
Diamond Tee - click here
Flag Tee - click here
A percentage of each sale goes direct to the band,
and postage and packing is free for all UK orders over £5-00
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE MAINSTAGE WEBSITE
U.K. SUBS MERCHANDISE RANGE INCLUDES:
£285-00 Charity Donation From Mainstage Merch
IAIN KILGALLON AT MAINSTAGE KINDLY OFFERED TO DONATE 10% OF PROFITS ON ALL SALES TO CHARLIE HARPER'S CHOSEN CHARITY LAST YEAR, WHICH IS THE RNLI.
T&M IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT MAINSTAGE HAVE JUST PRESENTED THEIR FIRST DONATION FROM SALES AMOUNTING TO £285-00.
PICTURED BELOW ARE IAIN AND CHARLIE, WHO BOTH SAY THANKS TO ALL SUBS FANS WHO BOUGHT ITEMS FROM MAINSTAGE, AND THEREFORE HELPED WITH THIS LATEST DONATION.
New U.K. Sus DVD Out Now:
'Dance & Travel in the Punk Rock Age with the UK Subs'
John Bentham, who is the man behind Screen Edge, also previously issued his footage as 'Jettisoundz', has written the following synopsis for the new DVD, which is entitled 'Dance & Travel in the Punk Rock Age with the U.K. Subs':
"When I started to think about things it was when Charlie told me he was 70 now, and he'd had 50 years on the road already, I thought this sounds like a good story. The beginning few years were captured, and are all out for all to see. I think the story really begins in 1983, which is with Charlie at the helm, stripped of the rest of the band. Then the following year things take off in LA big time, showing what the band can do, and going through the gigs how often the line up changes along the way. For Charlie what does not change is the band, he is always there! There a bit of my own stuff here along with other people's footage, it does make good viewing, particularly some of the interview footage and documentary. I can only hope that these tapes given to me by Charlie Harper, are seen as a testament to a great player. I would say there is another one yet, at least... John Bentham - 2015."
The new DVD compilation - catalogue number JE319D - runs to just over 3 hours and is region free, can be purchased in the UK from Screen Edge on the following link:
Below: Back cover with track listing - click to enlarge
Rent, buy, download or watch Screen Edge Subs Footage
John has also made his footage available to view, stream, rent or buy/download via the Rameses website...
So, for example, for the video interview John did with Charlie in September 2014 you can rent the footage for $1.00, buy and download it for $3.00 or watch it with a $4.99 monthly subscription.
Additionally, the two U.K. Subs gigs that made up the 'On The Road' DVD can also be accessed via the Rameses website with a rental price of $1.50 each, buy and download for $5.00 each or via the aforementioned $4.99 monthly subscription option.
U.K. Subs gig footage link:
UPDATE RE THE NEW DVD:
Parts 1, 2 & 3 are on https://rameses.pivotshare.com/ at "reasonable rates"...
A free trailer tape for each is online and on YouTube
U.K. SUBS - Stranglehold (Dance & Travel in the Punk Rock Age vol 1)
U.K. SUBS - You Don't Belong (Dance & Travel in the Punk Rock Age vol 2)
U.K. SUBS - Limo Life (Dance & Travel in the Punk Rock Age vol 3)
EXCLUSIVE T&M INTERVIEW
The interview includes many photos from Ricky's own personal archive, including previously unpublished U.K. Subs photos...
NEW TIME & MATTER RECORDS MERCHANDISE
Our latest piece of merchandise, the T&M record label patch is screen printed onto black cotton, measures 90 mm (3.5 inches) across and is priced at just £1-00 plus postage and packaging.
However, when purchased with any other item in our Big Cartel T&M webstore, postage and packaging will be free.
A free patch will also be included in all our triple pack offers that we have available.
T&M WEBSTORE LINK HERE:
U.K. SUBS IN 1977
It's amazing what can turn up after so many years!
Early U.K. Subs drummer Steve J. Jones - who later returned to play on 1983s 'Flood of Lies' LP - sent in this amazing, previously unpublished photo of the Subs, just after Nicky Garratt had joined in early October 1977.
Steve had this to say about this stunning find!
"Here's a picture of the UK Subs from 1977 - playing the Western Counties pub in Paddington. Not sure if it's been published before. I've had a copy in my scrapbook since '77. I'm sure it was one of the first we played after Nicky Garratt joined. We played that particular pub a number of times - often with Rob Harper also in the band. I'm not sure if Rob is with us on this occasion and simply missing from the shot. I've no idea who took the picture..."
T&M contacted Nicky Garratt about the photo and he confirmed for us that the photo was taken on his "...first weekend with the Subs..."
U.K. SUBS - WESTERN COUNTIES PUB, PADDINGTON, LONDON OCTOBER 1977
Left to right: Steve Slack, Nicky Garratt, Charlie Harper, Steve J. Jones
Click the image to enlarge
A MASSIVE THANKS FROM T&M TO STEVE J. JONES
FOR ALLOWING US TO PUBLISH THE PHOTO
STRICTLY no reproduction allowed without written permission of Steve J. Jones
Previous rare and unusual pictures can be found under the T & Misc. section to the right - click 'Homepage Picture Choice Archive...
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
"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
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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
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