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TIME & MATTER RECORDS NEW PRODUCT!
T&M 019 RELEASE DATE: 24th APRIL
Limited Edition Designer T-shirt
The U.K. Subs specialist record label Time & Matter Recordings will issue the first in a planned series of collectible designer t-shirts on Friday 24 April 2015.
Strictly limited to 77, a number specially chosen for this merchandise to commemorate the year the Subs formed - 1977 - this first beautifully designed 100% cotton, black t-shirt features the Time & Matter Records' striking logo across the chest, with the three main T&M artists listed around that logo - U.K. Subs - Charlie Harper - Urban Dogs.
The T&M logo is the one used on all the vinyl issued by Time & Matter Records, with the 'stylus arm' listing this item's catalogue number - T&M 019 - and the website address www.uksubstimeandmatter.net.
The main 'T&M' writing is in light green, which Subs fans will know was originally designed for T&M as a pastiche of the old GEM Records' logo, for whom the Subs had their greatest success, circa 1979-81.
Each designer t-shirt comes with a double sided rounded edge thick collectors' card, individually hand numbered and hole-punched. These are attached to the t-shirt info material-label via blue (...of course!) coloured ribbon and a light (lime) green safety pin! (...of course!!!)
These highly collectible stylish garments really are THE essential sartorial Subs item for this summer...
Why not buy a couple! One to wear and one to keep in your Subs collection!
T&M T-SHIRTS - Where ties don't matter at all...
PRICED AT A BARGAIN £10-00 (plus p&p)
Below: Designer collectors card which comes attached to every t-shirt - individually numbered, and the two T&M co-partners Mark & Rob show off their sensationally Subtastic summerware!!! - click images to enlarge
TIME & MATTER RECORDS T&M 020 NEWS
NICKY GARRATT EXCLUSIVE!
Nicky' Tour Diary Part 4
Time & Matter are absolutely thrilled that ex-U.K. Subs guitarist Nicky Garratt has resumed his popular 'NICKY'S GUITAR NOTES' exclusive articles for this website.
The fourth part of Nicky's tour diary has been published today (27/04/2015)
Nicky will be detailing his thoughts about the preparations for his Krautrock/Spacerock band Hedersleben, who will be recording their eagerly anticipated third album 'Fall Of Chronolpolis', after this current tour finishes...
The recording on the third album 'Fall Of Chronopolis' starts on May 7th with our new bass player Ursula Stuart and violinist player Ariana Jade, both of whom will also provide vocals: http://hedersleben.com/news.html"
Click the above tour poster to enlarge
CDs SIGNED BY NICKY GARRATT AVAILABLE...
The Time & Matter webstore has got the first two Hedersleben CDs in stock, of which we have a limited amount signed by Nicky, and we have also just taken stock of a limited number of Brainticket CDs, which Nicky has kindly also exclusively autographed for us...
The Letters of Derek Philpott (and Wilf Turnbull)!
Letter to the U.K. Subs - short reply from Charlie
(and Wilf Turnbull)!
Letters to pop stars regarding their work from a retired member of the public with genuine replies from the artists themselves...
You can pledge from as little as £15-00 for a 1st Edition, or £20-00 gets you a copy with your name in it, and £25-00 would see you receive a signed copy with your name in the book.
- WEBSITE FIXED
- SUBS CHARITABLE DONATION
- SUPERB SUBS RANGE
The U.K. Subs official merchandiser Mainstage Merch have recently been experiencing some major website problems... the site was having technical issues out of their control...
Thankfully the problem has now been rectified and anyone who has recently been having difficulty purchasing anything from Mainstage Merch should now be able to do so.
A percentage of each sale goes direct to the band, and postage and packing is free for all UK orders over £5-00.
CHARITABLE DONATION FROM MAINSTAGE
IAIN AT MAINSTAGE WILL DONATE 10% OF PROFITS ON ALL SALES TO CHARITY.
THIS WILL RUN UNTIL 25 MAY 2015. THE CAUSE WILL BE PERSONALLY CHOSEN BY CHARLIE HARPER...
Mainstage currently have 37 U.K. Subs items of merchandise available:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW
U.K. SUBS MERCHANDISE RANGE INCLUDES:
'YELLOW LEADER' OUT NOW
The eagerly anticipated and long awaited brand new studio album from the U.K. Subs, entitled 'Yellow Leader' is now available to buy on Limited Edition Hard Back CD from Captain Oi! Records' mail order.
**** BUY THE NEW U.K. SUBS ALBUM - CLICK HERE ****
For those that aren’t Captain Oi! customers and would prefer to buy from AMAZON, the direct link to purchase from Amazon is HERE:
**** BUY THE NEW U.K. SUBS ALBUM - CLICK HERE ****
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'YELLOW LEADER' DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
For those who prefer to listen to their music in this Brand New Digital Age... the new U.K. Subs album 'Yellow Leader' is available to download on iTunes from today 23/2/2015...
"The current line-up... is long settled and in peak condition... there's a refreshing variation in tone and feel... Roll on "Z"!..."
"Yellow Leader gives us 18 more reasons why the Subs remain vital. I guess they're just going to have to start on numbers when they get to the end of the alphabet."
THE REVUE WEBSITE: Read the review on this link...
UBER ROCK WEBSITE: Read the review on this link...
Click the link to read the full review...
ART OF THE STATE BLOGSITE: Read the review on this link...
FUNGALPUNK WEBSITE: Read the review on this link...
ALVIN GIBBS' MEMOIRS - NEW CHAPTER PUBLISHED
My Life as a UK Sub,
and other Strange Stories...
***Updated 3 April 2015***
New instalment published!
WEREWOLVES OF LONDON (part II)
T&M today proudly publishes the 17th instalment of this fabulous series of memoirs from Alvin Gibbs about his life and U.K. Subs-experiences...
Read the latest...
In which Alvin covers the early months of 1981, tasting first-hand the beauty of Italy and Spain, is kissed and hugged before a Subs soundcheck mini-riot, breaks a bass-string, the first of five! Laments the nous of big selling shoe manufacturers, is further driven to distraction by Ramkup's 'management', experiences a happier 'Pops', gets into the Nolans (nearly!), and finishes by meeting up with the real McCoy!
Previous chapters are archived in the T & Misc! section to the right entitled "Alvin Gibbs' memoirs"...
Jet is always being asked about his feline friend whilst out on tour, and has decided to turn this interest into something positive by producing some 'Fatso' designer t-shirts, with 10% of proceeds from the sale of the merchandisebeing donated to The Cats Protection charity.
The t-shirts are priced at £12-99 plus postage and packaging...
These stylish t-shirts are the first in a number of 'Fatso' merchandise items that Jet will be selling for the benefit of cats everywhere.
NEW JET (FATSO) MERCH
LATEST BRIAN BARNES PROJECT RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE
2nd February 2015: Ex-Subs bassist Brian Barnes' latest project, FUKDUST 4, have just released their debut single 'Lorraine'.
Bri has teamed up with ex-Drongos For Europe guitarist Dave Ohms and ex-Wolsbane bassist Jeff Hately to make this 3 track CD single and are currently playing shows to promote it.
Brian told T&M that they will be "Starting the album soon".
Meanwhile you can get the CD along with two others from Bri's other projects, Slutch and 'The Gnasher Downham Experience' via our T&M Big Cartel web-store
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...
TIME & MATTER RECORDS PROUDLY PRESENTS...
A NEW CLASSIC URBAN DOGS 7" SINGLE:
>>>> CLICK HERE TO BUY <<<<
Charlie Harper and Knox's URBAN DOGS are back with an almighty bark!
After their last fantastic release, the critically acclaimed acoustic ‘Bonefield’ album on Time & Matter Records, Harper and Knox return with an electrifying couple of new songs entitled ‘Rebellion Song’ and ‘One Foot In The Grave’.
Produced by Charlie himself, with Pat Collier as engineer and bassist, the latest Urban Dogs line-up also features original drummer Matthew Best.
A Knox painting of an 'Urban Dog' features as the 7" single's cover, which also includes a lyrical double-sided inner sleeve. The single is a limited edition of 500 hand numbered copies, on dual coloured vinyl with the T&M catalogue number of T&M 016.
- LIMITED EDITION - 500 COPIES
- INDIVIDUALLY HAND-NUMBERED
- 2-SIDED LYRICAL INSERT
- DUAL COLOURED RED & WHITE MIX VINYL
- PRICED AT A BARGAIN £6-00 (PLUS £1-80 P & P TO UK)
Rebellion Song (3:31)
Charlie Harper takes the vocal duties on this outstanding song about the will of the people to keep writing ‘the Rebellion song’ in reaction to the destruction caused by war-mongering leaders. Singing about believing in “creative rebellion”, this mid-tempo instant classic with a catchy chorus rides throughout on some fabulous soaring guitar work.
Key lyric: “…born in a war-torn land, raised with a gun in my hand, where the victors write the history, we write Rebellion song…”
One Foot In The Grave (3:33)
“No one can save me now as far as I can see”, Knox sings on this up-tempo dazzling Urban Dogs number, with haunting deep murmured backing harmonies. With some world-weary Knox political commentary on the rich and the poor, which provides perfect symbiosis with Harper’s ‘Rebellion Song’, there’s also a parallel personal commentary on mortality infused into this song via Knox’s dark humour.
Key lyric: “…thousands of years of politics, but the poor are still the poor…”
U.K. Subs fans, Vibrators fans, Urban Dogs aficionados et al can rejoice that this dynamic duo are back, better than ever, and snarling and howling to their fans’ content.
>>>> CLICK HERE TO BUY <<<<
21 January 2015: 'NUZZ PROWLING WOLF' WEBSITE REVIEW
The brilliant blogsite Nuzz Prowling Wolf has posted a great review of the new Urban Dogs single:
"This single is a gritty growling socio/political statement, possibly the best couple of songs the Urban Dogs have released....Ignore at yer peril, but be quick cos those cheeky chappies at Time & Matter have only pressed up 500 copies..."
CLICK HERE TO READ IT IN FULL
KNOX'S ROCK 'N' ROLL CHARITY SHOP
Music makes a difference and this charity project will further prove it!
The Rock 'n' Roll Charity Shop in Camden Town, London, opened on Friday 12th December 2014, the location being 96 Parkway, NW1 7AN, next to the Dublin Castle.
"Help (all sorts) and stock needed to get it going. I will be there from 2pm - 8pm. Thanks in advance! - Knox."
'SEX DRUGS AND HIV' CHARITY ALBUM OUT NOW ON CD
Featuring Charlie Harper, Alvin Gibbs and Pete Davies et al
As previous reported on T&M, the beginning of 2012 saw the release on iTunes of a superb charity compilation album called 'SEX DRUGS & HIV". The brainchild of Mat Sargent, bassist with Sham 69 from 2001 to 2006, it features over 200 musicians, boasts 40 Tracks and was an incredible 15 years in the making, with Mat having started in 1996. The album is in support of four charities:
The Terrence Higgins Trust, Release, Rape Crisis and Cancer Research UK.
The album is now AVAILABLE AS A 3-disc release from Amazon:
The Product Description on Amazon reads:
"In 1995 Mat Sargent (Sham 69, Chelsea and Splodgenessabounds) decided to ask a few fellow musicians to help him put an album together to give something back to the charities that had helped him on his journey in life. Fast forward 19 years, over 200 guest musicians, 40 original songs and 170 hours of video footage and the Sex, drugs and HIV album was finally born! This double CD also includes a DVD of all the songs and 28 page booklet listing all the musicians on each track. Proceeds from the sale of the album will go to Cancer Research, Rape Crisis, Release and Terrence Higgins Trust. For the full listing of musicians and more information on the project please visit www.sexdrugsandhiv.com"
Below: The 3-disc package - click image to enlarge
Charlie (pictured left) sings vocals on the song 'Getting Better', which also features fellow Urban Dog Knox, as well as providing backing vocals on 'No Fun Here' to Micky Fitz of The Business' lead vocals, of which there is a video clip of the recording to watch below... Charlie also plays harmonica on another track, entitled 'Gone So Long', which has Mat Sargent (pictured below right) on vocals as well as ex-Sub Daryl Bath on guitar.
Alvin Gibbs plays bass on a track called 'Private Agenda', and another ex-Sub, drummer Pete Davies appears on 'Heroin', which has Pauline Black (The Selecter) on vocals, Tony Barber (The Buzzcocks) on bass, as well as guitar work from Paul Fox (The Ruts), Dave Parsons (Sham 69) and Boz Boorer (Morrissey).
Charlie and Pete Davies recorded their tracks in 1996 with Alvin coming to a later session in 1998. Other ex-Subs on the album include Karl Morris and Tezz Roberts.
You can see each track's musician list on the website www.sexdrugsandhiv.com as well as reading all about how the project has progressed - there are also some trailers and video montages which features footage of everyone, along with lots more information.
There is also merchandise to buy to support this fabulous project.
WATCH A CLIP OF CHARLIE RECORDING BACKING VOCALS BELOW...
PLEASE SUPPORT THIS AMAZING PROJECT
- Recording Sessions Photo archive on Facebook - click here
- Sex, drugs and HIV Facebook page - please 'like' it! - click here
Below: The recording studio wall of participants' signatures - click to enlarge
BORN A ROCKER
A U.K. Subs Book
By Marc Brekau
Forthcoming book requires your help...
THE MUTANTS: RHYTHM AND PUNK REVIEW
NOW AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD - VINYL & CDs TO FOLLOW...
As previously reported on T&M, Charlie Harper has written and recorded a couple of tracks for this forthcoming album of collaborations, jointly partnered at the helm by Chris Constantinou and Paul Frazer. The two tracks Charlie features on as vocalist are 'Freedom in Chains' and 'Vomit Feat', both of which Charlie laid down back in May of last year.
The album is now available digitally, and T&M will announce the release date of the vinyl and CD versions, and where to buy this superb new album soon...
Amazon US: Click here
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
T&M website born: October 2008 .
Official launch date: 1 December 2009.
The basis of ‘Time and Matter’ is to provide a chronological listing, day by day; month by month; year by year of the band’s many activities.
Our aim is to provide as full an historical archive of the
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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
Time don't matter at all...