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T&M U.K. SUBS NEWSFEED 2020...
01/04: New official U.K. Subs T-shirt available via mail order
Whilst the band are currently forced off the road due to the Covid-19 world pandemic, you can support the Subs by grabbing yourself the new official Subs t-shirt to add to your T-collection ;-)
Available exclusively from German label Randale, this officially sanctioned t-shirt, which sees the band receive a percentage on each sale, features a Warhead artwork new logo stating:
UK SUBS ORIG. SOUTH LONDON ROCK 'N' ROLL SAVAGES 1977
The stylish black 'Fruit of the Loom' t-shirts are available is sizes small, medium, large, X-large or XX-large and can be shipped via DHL or Deutsche Post.
31/03: Subs debut album features in Altpress 1979 LP article
Altpress writer Tim Stegall has published an article which is currently being discussed further on the U.K. Subs Fan Club Facebook page as it includes the U.K. Subs' debut album in the best 15 punk albums released in 1979...
"Musical subtlety hardly concerned second-wave Britpunk’s greatest band, UK Subs. 30-something ex-hairdresser singer Charlie Harper and his three bondaged-trousered friends sustained a fundamentalist pogo roar. Their debut LP, Another Kind Of Blues, initiated the Subs’ lengthy career and string of alphabetically named LPs, featuring aggressive shoutalongs such as “C.I.D.” and “Stranglehold.” Harper and his ever-changing lineups’ became punk’s AC/DC—relentlessly rigid musically and somehow finding something fresh and exciting in the row they’d keep plowing…"
"...second-wave Britpunk's greatest band..."?
"...became punk's AC/DC..."?
Some interesting views as a synopsis of the band's career and musical output... obviously the majority of members of the Facebook Fan Club group may not agree with the above but at least the band's much-loved debut album is getting some recognition here...
15 punk-rock albums of 1979 that still rule four decades later
Read the full article at:
Discuss the article further at:
27/03: New T&M Alvin Gibbs single delivered to T&M HQ
The brand new Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants double 7" with gatefold sleeve - the 'History EP' - has been delivered to the T&M HQ and even though we say so ourselves, it looks and feels magnificent...
This beauty will be available to pre-order when the T&M webstore reopens.
That will be dependent on current restrictions changing but we will update you when our webstore is taking pre-orders for the double single.
In the meantime stay indoors and give some previous T&M vinyl releases a good loud blast on your turntable folks...
Alvin Gibbs shared the above news on his Facebook page with the following post on 28/03/2020:
"Some good news at last…This beauty has now arrived at Time & Matter Records HQ from the manufacturers. The latest Alvin Gibbs and the Disobedient Servants’ offering consists of four brand new songs on two separate vinyl 45s housed in a double gatefold sleeve ornamented by superb artwork from Gaye Black (aka Gaye Advert). Entitled the ‘History EP’, both 45s feature yours truly on bass guitar throughout, plus lead vocals on three tracks, while Ruts DC axeman Leigh Heggarty provides guitar parts for every song and a lead vocal performance on a stunning self-composed number. UK Subs’ percussionist Jamie Oliver confers the drums and is the co-writer of the most balls-out rocker of this quartet entitled ‘If Only’. Recorded at the famed Perry Vale studios in South London with ex-Vibrators’ bassist Pat Collier engineering and co-producing, these are the first DS’ recordings to be released since the ‘Your Disobedient Servant’ album last year.
Due to the present pandemic the Time & Matter online shop will be closed for a week or two yet, after which time you will be able to purchase the EP directly from this online location. I will provide a direct link to the shop in a post as soon as it’s open for business again. Meanwhile, please be safe, be healthy, stay inside as much as you can and keep listening to music in the comfort of your own home whilst looking forward to the day when we can again venture out safely to experience the raw primal power of Punk rock music in a live setting. A X"
Sam has now issued a new inexpensive download + version of this excellent compilation, announcing on Facebook that:
"In these uncertain times I've decided to release a new 'download +' version of 'Retrospective' for just £3!
PURCHASE AT: http://samjonesofficial.net
The album features collaborations with Charlie Harper (UK Subs), Brian James (The Damned), PJ (Anti-Nowhere League), Malcolm Joseph (Grace Jones), Robbie Kelman (The Dripping Lips), Richard Marcangelo (Manfred Mann's Earth Band), Danny Ward (Gengahr) & Tony Piper (Vice Squad).
You can hear Sam Jones talking about ‘Retrospective’ in an interview at Hard Rock Pub Pamela, Toruń PL in October 2019: https://facebook.com/hrp.pamela/videos/2544882445589749/
23/03: T&M webshop temporarily closed
Following this evening's Government announcement we have made the difficult decision to close the T&M Big Cartel webshop for the next 3 weeks.
We are acutely aware that the post office is a lifeline for the elderly and vulnerable in our society and feel it would be irresponsible to risk introducing coronavirus into that environment. As a small mail order company we feel we have no choice and it is the sensible thing to do.
We will review this situation in 3 weeks time.
Mark & Rob - Time & Matter
This will keep revenue going to the bands whilst they're not making anything from gigging.
22/03: Paul Slack painting exhibition and interview
You can check out Paul's work laid out like a gallery so you can view pieces together and from different aspects.
Check it out here:
21/03: Exclusive first play of a track from the new Alvin EP
More info on the band can be found at:
"This is an unusually long post but I would appreciate you all reading it in its entirety as it’s essential that on behalf of the U.K. Subs I set out our present position in full…
After Charlie recently spilt the beans on his forthcoming autobiography on the Del Strangefish Radio Show (see news story below 17/01), along with the welcome/shock news that the Subs are to make a brand new studio album, further confirmation has now been published with a fantastic article recently published via an online Amsterdam newspaper at:
Is there life after Z? ‘Absolutely! The next album is most likely to be called Reverse Technology..."
Charlie was recently interviewed in Hamburg.
The interview with Charlie Harper is now online all over the internet, which means on Spotify, Soundcloud and Apple Podcasts as Audio and on YouTube as Video (just look for "Radio Brennt!").
You'll find it all embedded on their website at:
27/02: Subs Announced To Play Finnish Festival in July
With a brand new thrilling 4-track gatefold double 7" single soon to be released by Time & Matter Records, make sure you catch Alvin Gibbs’ fabulous band live this year. Featuring fellow Sub Jamie Oliver as well as Leigh Heggarty from Ruts DC...
20: Nambucca, London, England Ticket Link Here
21: Castle and Falcon, Birmingham, England
23: The Fox and Newt, Leeds, England
24: Nice and Sleazy Punk and Ska Festival, Morecambe, England
06: North West Calling Festival, O2 Ritz, Manchester, England
04: Rock Na Bagnie Festival, Goniadz, Poland
11: HRH Festival, Sheffield, England
CHECK OUT SOME ALVIN GIBBS & THE DISOBEDIENT SERVANTS LIVE ACTION: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nT6ZwwJbZo
To celebrate, we've had 100 10th anniversary badges made in four different colours - black, blue, green and red - and all the proceeds will be going to our favourite charity, the RNLI:
We are also having a massive sale with many items reduced by 50%, plus we're offering everyone a further 10% off their total purchase value for the next 10 days. Use discount code 037.
We'd just like to finish by saying a massive Thank You to everyone who has supported the label as it's grown over the last 10 years! :)
Mark & Rob - Time & Matter
Here's a little celebratory video as a thank you to all the Subs fans who have supported us...
18/02: Janus Stark Album - Yet Another Brilliant Review
15/02: Vive Le Rock Awards Gig - U.K. Subs Nominated
GET TICKETS HERE: https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F00582F975B1BD6
10/02: Subs support slot for Bad Religion 40th anniversary tour
The Subs have been announced as the main support for Bad Religion's June 2020 40th anniversary tour, with the following dates...
05: Academy, Manchester, England
06: o2 Academy, Newcastle, England***
07: o2 Forum, Kentish Town, London, England
09: Rock City, Nottingham, England
10: o2 Academy, Bristol, England
***Subs fans may notice that Alvin's band the Disobedient Servants - which includes Jamie on drums are due to play on June 6th in Manchester when there's a show listed for the same day with the Subs in Newcastle above. However, Alvin and Jamie are due to play the North West Calling festival in Manchester in the afternoon and will then make the journey to Newcastle to perform at the o2 Academy that evening.
08/02: Charlie Harper Documentary in the making...
Eugene Butcher, editor of Vive Le Rock magazine has made a cryptic announcement on his Facebook feed that there is a documentary being made about Charlie, with an announcement coming later in the year...
Eugene's post reads: "Who said we are making a documentary on the greatest living punk rocker of all CHARLIE HARPER? Stay tuned 20/11/20"
Alternative LP artwork now in T&M webstore
Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants’ debut album on T&M has been licensed in the USA by Cleopatra Records. Released with different design artwork, the T&M webstore now have a limited number of these imports - CD and LP - for sale to the U.K. and Europe...
PURCHASE HERE: http://timematterrecordings.bigcartel.com/
Current dates are listed below, with more to follow...
28: Northern Guitars, Leeds, England
29: To be confirmed
30: Acoustic Festival of Britain, Uttoxeter Racecourse, England
31: Formans Bar, Nottingham, England (sold out)
Paul Mileman, the English born professional photographer who now lives and works in New York, is currently nearing completion of his decade long project to publish a book of U.K. Subs rare and unseen photos, posters, gig tickets and other ephemera.
Paul, who is also webmaster of the Subs’ .com website and has also drummed for the band, recently spoke to the U.K. Subs Time & Matter website about his as-yet-untitled book and what he is looking for to provide the finishing touches to what promises to be an essential, and fabulous publication.
Paul revealed to T&M that he anticipates “…the book will be completed late 2020 and be published mid-2021. It will be a limited-edition print run initially of 500 copies and the way it's going at the moment... it's going to be a big book!”
Updating T&M on the current situation, Paul states that “I have loads of photos from pro photographers from 1978, 1979, 1982 shows. I need photos from 1980, 1981 and live shots of the band… I want the book to be somewhat unique - I know there’s a lot of images that have been seen before but I want to try and find images that haven’t been found or used…”
Paul is also looking for “posters, flyers, tickets and T-shirts - basically any memorabilia. There will be a full gigography and discography alongside words by some of the people who were there from the start…” To this end, Paul is keen to talk to the following people, so if you can help put him in contact with the following – please do so… Richard Anderson, Dave Fullbrook, Greg Price, Scott Snowden and Mal Asling.
If you can help with any of the above, or keep tabs on further progress then there is a Facebook group called ‘UK Subs book by Paul Mileman (untitled)’ at https://www.facebook.com/groups/420168808754681/
Full credits will be included in the published book, so here is a great opportunity to get your old photos alongside your name published via Paul's FAN-tastic project
"Dispatches from the Subs' Euro tour number 1: It has been a great first week for the band out here in Euroland. We kicked off in Paris to a full house, drove the next day to Cologne, Germany for a similarly well attended show, blew the roof off the Fabrik in Hamburg with close to a 1000 people in attendance, played a private festival in a vast holiday resort called, would you believe, Wangerland - sort of a German version of Butlins, but so, so much better - and ended this initial run with a lovely little show in Husum, close to the Danish border, yesterday. Photos below are from various places last week, the last being my delight at finding the wine possibilities at Wangerland were open 24 hours for imbibing from 2 barrels containing good Italian red varieties and 2 holding good Italian white favourites. They were constantly being refilled and were even available with breakfast, although that would have been been a crazy move - toast, coffee, croissant and Pinot Grigio, perhaps not! Five more German dates follow this week, including the brilliant SO36 in Berlin and then Poland and the east starting on Sunday. Yep, Punk rock is most definitely out and about on the euro road again brothers and sisters. A X "
and carrying on the UK Subs as a hologram after his death."
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“Some fresh news for the onset of a New Year brothers and sisters: despite our unrelenting touring schedules, Leigh Heggarty of the Ruts and Jamie Oliver and I of the UK Subs somehow managed to convene at Pat Collier’s Perry Vale Studios for two days to do some recording in our Alvin Gibbs and the Disobedient Servants’ guise while in the UK recently. The result was four spanking new tracks that Time and Matter Records (the issuing record company of my solo album) propose to release as a package of two seven-inch coloured vinyl 45s containing two songs apiece early this year. These will be housed in an innovative gatefold cover, the artwork for which – as seen above – has been bestowed by Gaye Black. Some of you may recall it was Gaye Black (aka Gaye Advert) who provided the superb artwork for my ‘Ghost Train’ solo single of 2018. Entitled the ‘History EP’, this release will presents four new compositions titled as follows: ‘History’ and ‘Pavlovian’, both written/sung by myself; ‘If Only’, a co-write with Jamie Oliver, which again sees me taking on lead vocal duties; and the outstanding ‘Bad About You’, written and sung by Leigh Heggarty. All tracks feature the brilliant drumming and guitar work of Messrs Oliver and Heggarty, along with a bit of random bass guitar nonsense from yours truly. Stand by for a pre-order date and link which I will share with you as soon as I receive them from Time and Matter HQ. Meanwhile, there are still a few copies of the reissue of ‘Your Disobedient Servant’ album on blood-red vinyl (plus on CD) available from the Big Cartel link for those who haven’t yet obtained a copy (http://timematterrecordings.bigcartel.com/)
Looking forward to seeing you on the Euro and UK gig circuit shortly with the Subs, and keep a lookout for some more Disobedient Servants’ shows coming your way in May. Have a great weekend all. A X “
01/01: Happy new year from T&M
Time & Matter would like to wish all Subs fans, members and ex-members a happy new year, and thank you for your continued support...
Cheers - Mark & Rob
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...
"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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