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4 May 2016 Pledge Update: Ziezo Launch Gig Thanks
The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:
Wow…. Just wow. How much fun was Monday night???
Thanks to everybody who came to our album launch party at the Queens Hall in Nuneaton. We were absolutely blown away and still buzzing for days after.
Here’s a little clip of Charlie and Jamie performing their acoustic version of ‘Warhead’ shot by Steve Cotton. This was the chilled out beginning to one of the most incredible nights we can remember.
Thanks again, you rock!
5 May 2016 Pledge Update: Ziezo Vinyl LPs Due Soon
The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:
The vinyl has been pressed and is now on its way to us. We’ll have another mammoth signing session where we will sign every copy except for the people who requested it not to be signed. This will take place next week so we should be able to ship it all out to you straight away. Some of you may have received emails notifying you that your LP has been shipped already but this was a slight error on our part with the way the system works with marking things as shipped. This has now been rectified. It’s a little bit late but it’s coming!"
Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE
Ziezo - First Album Review Posted Online
The splendid Art of the State website has reviewed the new album, giving it a massive thumbs-up, concluding that:
"this album sees the UK Subs hitting harder and more consistently than pretty much anything they’ve done in the meantime, It’s up there with the best of them, 16 tracks of a band once again at the top of their game. I love seeing the Subs play their classics live, you see so many bands right now play their early albums in their entirety – but you know what? I’d love to see this band play this, their latest release, in full – it’s that good."
READ THE FULL ORIGINAL REVIEW - CLICK HERE
ALSO ARCHIVED ON T&M BELOW:
UK SUBS – ‘Ziezo’ album (16 tracks, released April 2016)
Way back in 1979 the UK Subs released their first album ‘Another Kind Of Blues’. Followed up by ‘Brand New Age’ and ‘Crash Course’ by the time ‘Diminished Responsibility’ came around it was obvious even then to my teenage mind that the album titles were running in alphabetical order. At that time the group reaching the letter Z seemed like an impossible target. Band members joined and left with vocalist Charlie Harper being the only constant throughout. Some albums were more memorable than others but over the last few titles, as the band approached their target, a line up has emerged that really has hit their groove. Ziezo, the last full UK Subs album in the series, is a fitting finale. Full of precision hard hitting drumming, solid bass lines and choppy crunching guitar it delivers throughout. And then there is the voice of Charlie over the top, still with plenty to say and the means to deliver it. He makes a mockery of his advancing years once again on this outing.
‘Polarisation’ opens the album bursting out of a background of discordant sounds, racing to its conclusion. The next three cuts, all around the two and half minute mark, follow on its heel, guitarist Jet really rocking out out on ‘Oligarchy’ before the chant along chorus of ‘Evil vs Evil’. ‘Proto Feminist Heroine’ is more experimental with its list of subjects referenced by the title followed by the bluesy ‘Disclosure’. Normal service then resumes (!) with a slew of great punk songs following one after another with subjects from the master race to enigmatic graffiti artist Banksy only broken up by the Jamie Oliver led thrash drumming of ‘This Machine’. ‘City of Dead’ provides a break with its ska riffing before ‘Maid of Orleans’ and z for ‘Zeitgeist’ close off proceedings in classic UK Subs style.
Thirty seven years after they kicked off with the letter A this album sees the UK Subs hitting harder and more consistently than pretty much anything they’ve done in the meantime, It’s up there with the best of them, 16 tracks of a band once again at the top of their game. I love seeing the Subs play their classics live, you see so many bands right now play their early albums in their entirety – but you know what? I’d love to see this band play this, their latest release, in full – it’s that good.
The cover art is killer too – such a great nod back to Another Kind of Blues.
TIME & MATTER SPRING SALE!
Spring has sprung at T&M and we're having a sale to celebrate!
We've marked down a whole bunch of items in our Big Cartel store so if you fancy a bargain then click on the links below. All our sale items carry our postage discount too so if you order more than one of them you only pay postage on the most expensive one, plus if you order three or more you get one of our T&M patches.
We have limited stock of all these items so once they've gone, they've gone!
Charlie Interview In The Plymouth Herald
Ahead of the Subs' forthcoming show at the Plymouth Junction on
READ THE INTERVIEW - CLICK HERE
New Official Merchandise
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.
FUKDUST 4 DEBUT ALBUM OUT NOW!
FUKDUST 4, who are fronted by ex-Subs bass player and some time guitarist Brian Barnes, have just released their debut long player. 'The Last Of The Rock 'N' Roll Bastards' features twelve tracks that don't hang around and are more than a match for the band's debut EP, 'Lorraine'.
The Uber Rock website, who made 'Lorraine' their EP of the year in 2015, have also given the new album a massive thumbs-up proclaiming "If you thought the single that proceeded this was good then you're in for a right royal treat..."
Uber Rock website album review: click here
'The Last Of The Rock 'N' Roll Bastards' is now available on CD at only £8.00 plus postage via the T&M web-shop or the Fukdust 4 Bandcamp page.
NEW VICE SQUAD BOOK INCLUDES LOTS OF SUBS STORIES!
The forthcoming book by Shane Baldwin, about Vice Squad, entitled LAST ROCKERS: THE VICE SQUAD STORY has plenty of U.K. Subs stories in it, more info on the book can be seen at http://www.acmretro.com/last-rockers-the-vice-squad-story-by-shane-baldwin/
CHARLIE HARPER: "A must read... this is a great example of how not to run a band!"
There is an official book launch on Wednesday 27 April in Bristol, with Free Entry, so if you are in the area, get along to check it out...
The press release states:
"Bristol’s early ‘80s punk dominance celebrated by Shane Baldwin’s ‘Last Rockers’
One of Bristol’s most successful music exponents of the early ‘80s is celebrated in a new book.
‘Last Rockers – The Vice Squad Story’ tells the story of the band that formed in the city in 1979 and went on to launch Riot City – arguably the most prolific record label of its type of the era and one that went on to dominate the independent charts in first half of the era.
The title has already been hailed “the best book about life in a band you'll ever read” by Mark Brennan who runs Captain Oi, the biggest punk label in the UK today whilst celebrated music critic John Robb said “Vice Squad are living proof of the power and the potency of the British second wave of punk”.
The book has been penned by Shane Baldwin – the former Vice Squad drummer and now a successful music journalist in his own right writing for magazines including Record Collector and Vive Le Rock.
An early support slot with the Damned and the Ruts gained the Beki Bondage-fronted band a big local following, as did their track Nothing on Heartbeat Records’ Avon Calling compilation, which attracted the attention of Radio 1 DJ John Peel.
Vice Squad’s first two singles, Last Rockers and Resurrection, both took the indie chart by storm, establishing Riot City as one of the major UK punk labels, before the band were snapped up by EMI for a crack at the national chart.
The band became standard bearers for the scene that would become known worldwide as UK82.
Vice Squad toured the UK, Europe, the USA and Canada, playing with the likes of UK Subs, Social Distortion, Chron Gen, Black Flag, Anti Pasti, Discharge, Exploited, Youth Brigade, GBH, Bad Brains and scores of others.
His book includes interviews with fellow Vice Squad band members, including both vocalists, Beki and Lia, as well as John Peel, Garry Bushell, Shawn Stern, Charlie Harper, Alvin Gibbs, members of TV Brakes and many more friends and associates.
It also chronicles the story of Heartbeat Records and Riot City Records, with contributions from label boss Simon Edwards.
And for its sins, it also tells the sorry tale of the monster created as a Vice Squad by-product, the world’s foulest band, Chaotic Dischord.
‘Last Rockers – The Vice Squad Story’ contains 12 pages of photos, many previously unpublished, and a detailed Vice Squad gig list compiled by bassist Mark Hambly.
Shane Baldwin said: “A lot has been written about the British punk scene of the early ‘80s, much of it bitter, cynical and self-serving, and my book is no different. I just tried to pep it up with a few jokes."
‘Last Rockers – The Vice Squad Story’ is set to be launched at Bristol’s Thunderbolt venue on Wednesday, April 27th.
The free event includes book signing, Q&A with band members, video screening punk disco and live music from the Setbacks.
‘Last Rockers – The Vice Squad Story’ is published by www.acmretro.com.
It can be pre-ordered at www.acmretro.com.
It retails at £13.95"
Subs to play Canada in September
The U.K. Subs will be playing a tour of Canada in September, fuller details will be announced when T&M has them...
U.K. Subs Canadian Tour - September 2016
02: Rouyn-Noranda, Canada
03: Coop Katacombes, Montreal, Canada
04: L'Anti, Quebec, Canada
06: Saguenay, Canada
07: Drummondville, Canada
08: House of Targ, Ottawa, Canada
09: London, Canada
10: Hard Luck Bar, Toronto, Canada
11: Hamilton, Canada
New U.K. Subs Compilation OUT NOW
Includes Previously Unreleased
Nicky Garratt / Alvin Gibbs 1984 EMI Demos
The CD and LP will be available in North America only through Cleopatra and via the Time & Matter webstore for the Rest of the World.
- UK Subs- Product Supply EP + bonus rarities
01 Product Supply
02 Rare Disease
05 Phillips Environmental
- Urban Dogs - 7” single
06 One Foot In The Grave
07 Rebellion Song
- Charlie Harper & Captain Sensible - Too Much Reality E.P.
08 Too Much Reality
09 Space Virgins
10 Human Traffic
- Target Generation - 1984 EMI Demos
12 Complete Surrender
13 Sail The Wind
15 The Things We Saw
16 King For A Day
U.K. Subs - Friends and Relations Vinyl Now Available
Plus Links For North American Fans
Cleopatra Records' recent release, 'Friends and Relations', which features tracks by U.K. Subs, Urban Dogs and Charlie Harper & Captain Sensible plus previously unreleased tracks by Target Generation which features Nicky Garratt and Alvin Gibbs, is now available on clear vinyl via the T&M web-shop.
The vinyl has two less tracks than the CD as Urban Dogs - 'One Foot in the Grave' & Target Generation - 'Slowly' have been removed due to time restrictions.
Time & Matter have limited stock of both the vinyl and CD so order early to avoid disappointment.
Cleopatra are distributing in North America only and fans in those territories can oder via the links below.
>>> Charlie Solo <<<
The Festival's venue is T-Chances and the address is 399 High Road, Tottenham, London, N17 6QN; "T-Chances in Tottenham has always been associated with Punk and the DIY ethos, but not on this scale. On the bank holiday weekend of 27/28/29th May 2016 some of the biggest names in Punk will be here along with some not-so-big names who fully deserve to showcase their talents to a wider audience..."
Charlie is due on stage at 8:00pm for his solo show and further details can be viewed on the following links:
Blank Generation Festival Website:
Blank Generation Festival Facebook:
New U.K. Subs 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)
New Darrell Bath Solo Album In T&M Store
Featuring members of one of Darrell's other bands, the Crybabys, 'Roll Up' is nine tracks of Punk Rock Blues that the Uber Rock website described as "...nothing short of an absolute pleasure from opening chord to ending crescendo."
Read the full review by Dom Daley HERE.
Priced at just £10.00 plus postage, you can get your copy via the T&M web-shop HERE.
Darrell's Facebook Page HERE.
Taster track below:
More great reviews at:
U.K. SUBS - THE GEM SINGLES VINYL LP OUT NOW
The Demon Music Group have released all the U.K. Subs' Gem Records singles from 1979 to 1981 on one LP. Entitled U.K. SUBS THE GEM SINGLES, this is a top quality production from Captain Oi!, Chase The Ace Design and Time & Matter.
Having recently put out the popular and superbly packaged complete Gem Records U.K. Subs recordings on a 5-CD boxset, as well as re-issuing the first 4 albums on LP, this latest re-issue comprises 22 tracks and comes on green vinyl, gatefold sleeve and inner bag with liner notes.
Available to order now for £18-99 inc. UK p&p from Captain Oi! Records, who oversaw the design of this superb release...
ALVIN GIBBS' MEMOIRS - NEW CHAPTER PUBLISHED
My Life as a UK Sub,
and other Strange Stories...
***Updated 14 January 2016***
New instalment published!
AMERICANA (part 2)
T&M today proudly publishes the 20th instalment of this wonderful series of memoirs from Alvin Gibbs about his life and U.K. Subs-experiences...
Read the latest...
...in which our author looks to, but surpasses his rock 'n' roll literary hero; experiences love at first sight with Manhattan, and other beautiful States; defies the urge to sleep due to such a scary schedule; bumps into some American punk heroes, chinwags with John Lydon over drinks; goes atop the Twin Towers; socialises at the legendary CBGBs; tears it up onstage with the boys and offstage with the girls; befriends the League and further regales the reader with stimulating stories of Hardcore storming America!
Previous chapters are archived in the T & Misc! section to the right entitled "Alvin Gibbs' memoirs"...
Charlie plays harmonica on new Riots LP
Having had a listen to the track a few times (see photos), Charlie then recorded five different takes to accompany the song, with each subsequent time proving a better version.
Third Hedersleben Album Now Available Via T&M
Nicky Garratt wrote about the album exclusively for Time & Matter earlier this year and you can read about every song in detail as well as Nicky's tour diary HERE.
All the CDs are signed by Nicky, and the vinyl copies have been signed by the whole band, which includes ex-Subs drummer Jason Willer.
Both of the previous Hedersleben albums, Upgoer and Die Neuen Welten, are available also, CD copies of Upgoer are signed by Nicky and vinyl copies of Die Neuen Welten by the whole band.
All stock is very limited, less than 10 copies of each, and will not be restocked this side of Christmas.
Hedersleben releases available 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 writing a recording diary exclusively for T&M earlier this year, Nicky, as he previously did with the first two Hedersleben LPs, reveals the inspiration and story behind the soon to be released third Hedersleben album 'The Fall Of Chronopolis', in another fascinating article.
The latest article published today (20/10/2015)
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 App now FREE to download
CHARGE 69 - New Album Featuring Charlie Harper
FANTASTIC INTERVIEW IN THE PUNKED ONLINE 'ZINE
FANTASTIC REVIEW ON THE FUNGALPUNK WEBSITE
READ THE FULL GLITTERING REVIEW ON FUNGALPUNK: CLICK HERE
- This massively exciting album is distributed on CD and vinyl exclusively in the UK through the U.K. Subs specialist record label Time & Matter Records...
The CD and vinyl are available in the UK via the T&M webstore here: http://timematterrecordings.bigcartel.com/
The album features a magnificent vocal on one of the tracks:
'Birth of a Century' - by CHARLIE HARPER...
12 page colour booklet with all the lyrics
Free Charge 69 round sticker
Free Charge 69 postcard
Free CD copy in clear plastic sleeve
4 page large colour booklet with all the lyrics
Free Charge 69 round sticker
Free Charge 69 postcard
The blue vinyl LP is limited to 150 copies from T&M...
...exclusively produced for UK distribution
>>> READ WHAT THE CRITICS/REVIEWERS ARE SAYING <<<
VIVE LE ROCK MAGAZINE REVIEW & INTERVIEW
Vive Le Rock magazine (number 27 - June/July 2015) has a great review of the new Charge 69 album on T&M Records, as well as an interview with Caps from the band...
Click the images below to enlarge
BOTH ISSUES ARE AVAILABLE TO READ FOR FREE ON THE FOLLOWING LINKS:
ISSUE 1: http://en.calameo.com/books/0035822494eda0252bda0
HOMEPAGE PICTURE CHOICE NUMBER 31
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...
BORN A ROCKER
A U.K. Subs Book
By Marc Brekau
Forthcoming book requires your help...
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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