The following news story appeared on the T&M homepage:
- PETE DAVIES IN STUDIO WITH THE STRAPS
Former U.K. Subs drummer Pete Davies is currently in the studio with The Straps recording their new album. They are planning on recording four or five new songs this week and then toward the end of February they will return to record a few more. Pete and The Straps have already recorded a number of songs at Pat Collier's studio - where the U.K. Subs recently cut their forthcoming new double album 'XXIV' - back in October of last year, including 'It's OK to be plain', 'What's on the box?', 'Freakshow', 'Syria' and 'Dead Heroes'. There could also be a cover of Alex Harvey's 'Faith Healer' and Pete has also told T&M that there are a number of gigs coming in, including The 3 chord Festival in Cornwall in August, Dingwalls with Adam and the Ants in June, and another at the Fighting Cocks in Kingston on Thames on 22nd February. Others are being discussed.
Pete's other activities are many and he also informed T&M that his "recordings with Paddy Stratton and Jools Talbot are coming along nicely, and we intend to have a band ready for summer."
Pete added that "Paddy is a local songwriter who I met originally through my children's first school. He's written with and for the Levellers, and others, and he has a band called Coyote Wrecks. As well as Paddy and Jools, the band could be Ian Harvey, with Nick Davies (no relation) on bass and me."
Pete also added that Al Stokes' band The Trolleymen will be recording again soon, and on Friday 25th January Al Stokes was interviewed on BBC Radio Norfolk in the afternoon, mentioning that Pete was his drummer. The radio show also went on to conduct a brief chat about the U.K. Subs.
Post recording update 28/1/2013:
Songs recorded were 'Syria', 'Gallows', 'Faith Healer', 'Go Crazy' and 'I Don't Sing No Lovesong'.
4 from 28th January below - click to enlarge
Below: In the words by Pete Davies!
"My gorgeous starclassic with the old ludwig snare."