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Following the recent horrific events in Japan, and after a few anxious days without hearing anything, we are very happy to announce that U.K. Subs guitarist Jet and his family have been found alive and well in Japan. Our thoughts are with all those who have not been so fortunate.
Charlie and Yuko have asked for the following information to be made available on the Time & Matter homepage:
How to donate to the Japan relief effort:
Many relief organisations worldwide are collecting money to help fund the relief effort in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami. The Red Cross is the key aid organisation, collecting donations for relief efforts and the Japanese branch of the organisation is overseeing around 80 teams on the ground, but donations are being taken at branches around the world.
You can make online donations through the BRITISH RED CROSS or you can download donation forms to post. Cheques should be made payable to British Red Cross and sent to British Red Cross, Japan Tsunami Appeal, Ref: ON2011, Freepost NAT21787, Paisley PA1 1BR.
Alternatively, donations can be made to the Japanese Red Cross through Google’s CRISIS RESPONSE website, which also offers resources and information about the disaster.
Save the Children UK is TAKING ONLINE DONATIONS and credit and debit card donations over the phone. Call +44 (0)20 7012 6400. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
For a full choice of where to make a donation:
There is also a useful website which outlines how we can all give practical help:
Yuko will also be having a donations box on her merchandise stall on the forthcoming Spring/Summer tour.
The following review of Work In Progress appeared on the Louder Than War website:
Work In Progress
(Captain OI!) ****
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The UK Subs are part of the fabric of the international punk scene. There is rarely a night of the year that Charlie Harper and his renegades are not on some stage somewhere in the world, playing their hearts out in a rock n roll dive, hammering out the punk rock to a packed house.
Whilst the rest of their contemporaries have disowned the movement that gave them their break Charlie is sat bang smack in the centre of the scene- probably checking out the support bands and talking to everyone in the room.
With no star trips and an unbelievable work ethic the band have survived in a heroic way and are having a late period blossom.
These days they are often to be found headlining festivals and selling out gigs worldwide whilst their endless run of albums that are working through the alphabet for their titles has now finally arrived at W. (whats’s next? ‘Y Not’ followed by ‘zzzzzz’!!!)
Work In Progress is perhaps a cheeky take on the band who have been around for ever but currently boast one of their most settled line ups and boy can this band play. With a rockier feel than most of their albums there is still enough punk rock energy on here for the purists and the album is tightly produced and played with the kind of chops you would expect from a band that have been touring non stop.
Guitarist Jet is fully settled in the line up and Jamie Oliver’s drums are frenetic, tight, powerful and full of speed thrills and lock tight with long term member Alvin Gibbs.
With 12 originals and a cover of the Standells classic Strychnine and a co-write from ex Subs member and Rancid mainstay Lars Fredrickson this is a far better album than it should be this many years down the road and is living proof of the simple power of basic rock n roll stripped down and played with a fierce passion.
Keeping it low key and on the punk rock barricades is what makes the UK Subs great but somehow you hope that Charlie Harper gets the acceptance he deserves, the man has been around since the pre fame Rolling Stones that he followed roud London and in many ways ,like Lemmy, has lived a life that runs parallel to the whole history of British rock n roll . Albums like this will keep the faithful happy but it’s about time Harper was recognised as a national institution and not just a work in progress.
In the meantime it’s great to hear the UK Subs still on full throttle.
(Review by John Robb)
The following review of Work In Progress appeared on the Rock! Shock! Pop! website:
U.K. Subs - Work In Progress
Published on 03-14-2011 04:20 PM
Released by: Captain Oi
Released on: 1/25/2011
The twenty-third album from a band that’s very quickly approaching their thirty-fifth anniversary, the U.K. Subs’ Work In Progress, their first album since 2002’s Universal, brings the band one step closer to releasing an album for each letter of the alphabet. Still lead by vocalist Charlie Harper, the band this time around is made up of guitar player Nicky Garrett, drummer Jamie Oliver and bass player Alvin Gibbs, their latest effort is a pretty serious slice of skuzzy punk rock with the guitars right up front in the mix and some choruses that’ll have you singing along in no time.
The album starts off with an appropriately pissed off sounding track called Creation and more or less keeps that pace for the duration. There aren’t any ballads or slow songs here, nor would you want or expect there to be, instead what we’ve got here are fourteen tracks of the kind of aggressive and tightly played music that the band has become known for over their three decade plus career. Other highlights, aside from the opening track, include the poppier sounding Tokyo Rose (a love song on a Subs album? Yep! But it’s a good one, so fear not) and the incredibly irate Axe, while a cover of The Sonics’ classic Strychnine also stands out (though The Cramps still own that song as far as some of us are concerned). Rock N Roll Whore borrows from the New York Dolls and Johnny Thunders a bit more than you’d probably expect from a band like the U.K. Subs but it’s to good effect, the track works well, while Radio Unfriendly is, as you could guess, the band basically flipping off the mainstream media that’s ignored them for the bulk of their career.
Harper’s vocals still have that gritty street vibe to them and the lyrics are typically bleak as is the norm for the band, though this isn’t necessarily an album about the increasingly shitty state of the world or dire things to come. Instead like much of the band’s output it’s about the troubles of day to day life, which makes it something most people are able to relate to. Production values are strong across the board and the album sounds clean and polished without losing its aggressive and at times almost raw sound. The recording is clean enough to appreciate but not so polished as to take away the type of sound you’d want from a band like this.
All in all, while eight years is a long time to wait between albums, Work In Progress is the best thing that the U.K. Subs have put out in some time. Universal was decent enough but this one really slams it into high gear. Here’s hoping a follow up happens sooner rather than later and that they’re able to play off of whatever momentum that they had going into the studio for this one.
The complete track listing on the album is:
Creation / Tokyo Rose / Hell Is Other People / The Axe / Radio Unfriendly / This Chaos / Guru / Eighteen Wheels / Children Of The Flood / All Blurs Into One / Blood / Rock N Roll Whore / Strychnine / Robot Age