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Tickets for the 5 day festival at London's legendary 100 club are available HERE
CHARLIE HARPER FEATURES IN NEW BOOK:
'The Truth of Revolution, Brother'
"My view is work for yourself! Do something yourself, don't go and sit in any office working for someone else..."
This fantastic book also includes interviews with other luminaries from the punk scene including: Dick Lucas (Subhumans), Steve Ignorant (Crass), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Tim Smith (The Adverts) and Vi Subversa (Poison Girls).
Funded through Kickstarter, the book's creators have produced it at cost and it is clearly a labour of love.
The book is available through Amazon but funds will go direct to the project if you buy it through their website and any profit goes into a second pressing.
Time & Matter editors Mark Chadderton and Rob Cook are very happy to have contributed towards funding this project and getting Charlie added as an interviewee.
You can order a copy HERE
YELLOW LEADER TEST PRESSING TEASERS
Another T&M Exclusive!
Time & Matter is delighted to be able to show you a couple of the Test Pressings for the new album's various packages from Captain Oi! Records. Click the images to enlarge.
ALL THE LATEST NEWS REGARDING THE 'Y' ALBUM:
ONE OFF CHARLIE PRINT RAISES £206 FOR THE RNLI
Time & Matter's recent auction of a canvas wrap print of Charlie pictured above which he very kindly signed for us at the recent U.K. Subs show in Hinckley, 27th November 2014 (see photgraph below) has sold for a superb £206 on e-Bay.
CHARLIE HARPER INTERVIEW IN 'PERFECT SOUND FOREVER'
CHARLIE HARPER INTERVIEW IN 'JAPAN UPDATE'
"Born in Hackney in 1944 and now living in quiet majesty in Brighton, Charlie Harper has fronted the U.K. Subs since 1976, guiding the band through confrontation and fame. He is recognised by many as an influence..."
Nicky Garratt News!
Live preview of new song from forthcoming Hedersleben album
Ex-U.K. Subs guitarist Nicky Garratt, who, along with ex-Subs drummer Jason Willer now play in Krautrock/Spacerock band Hedersleben
You can read previous news stories on the band HERE
On their Facebook page, the band are publicising "a clip from the last tour featuring a track from our up and coming album titled 'The Fall of Chronopolis'..." which you can watch below
'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
JAMIE'S SIDE PROJECT BAND THE IZUNA DROP RELEASE
FIRST OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO: 'DARKNESS WITHIN HER'
ALVIN GIBBS' MEMOIRS - NEW CHAPTER PUBLISHED
My Life as a UK Sub,
and other Strange Stories...
***Updated 7 October 2014***
New instalment published!
Chapter Six: BRAND NEW AGE (Part 3)
T&M today proudly publishes the 15th instalment of this fabulous series of memoirs from Alvin Gibbs about his life and U.K. Subs-experiences...
Read the latest...
In which Alvin tours the UK promoting his first Subs single; misses a career ending slide tackle by Nicky 'bite yer legs' Garratt; sees the broadcasting of his Top of the Pops debut cruelly denied; tours a cold and cold war Europe; gets tear gassed by security; is shown the way with German wine before the U.K. Subs are incredibly lucky to escape death in a collective drunk-driving disaster involving a fortuitously placed tree!
Previous chapters are archived in the T & Misc! section to the right entitled "Alvin Gibbs' memoirs"...
NEW 5 CD BOXSET OUT NOW
U.K. Subs: 'AD 1979 - 1981 The Gem Years'
REVOLUTION'S HERE PROMOS TO BE AUCTIONED FOR CHARITY
10 promo copies of T&M 013 U.K. Subs - The Revolution's Here 10" mini LP will be auctioned over the next ten weeks on the T&M ebay auction account: tandmrecordingsu.k.subscharityauctions.
There will also be one of the five test pressings coming up from grabs before xmas.
All proceeds will be going to the RNLI to add to the £1100 that we raised with the U.K. Subs 2014 tour programme...
GET BIDDING FOLKS!
UPDATE 05/10/14: 1st copy
The first promo copy has sold for £43.55, see image below.
UPDATE 12/10/14: 2nd copy
The second promo copy has sold for £26.50, see image below.
UPDATE 19/10/14: 3rd copy
The third promo copy has sold for £52.00, see image below
UPDATE 26/10/14: 4th copy
The fourth promo copy has sold for £46.00, see image below
UPDATE 02/11/14: 5th copy
The fifth promo copy has sold for £28.20, see image below
UPDATE 09/11/14: 6th copy
The sixth promo copy has sold for £40.00, see image below
UPDATE 16/11/14: 7th copy
The seventh promo copy has sold for £46.21, see image below.
UPDATE 23/11/14: 8th copy
The eighth promo copy has sold for £51.00, see image below
UPDATE 30/11/14: 9th copy
The ninth promo copy has sold for £36.00, see image below
A massive thank you to everyone who placed a bid, the final copy is now live HERE
ALVIN GIBBS: OU BA (Hons) History
Inspired by Alvin? Then Click HERE to find out more about taking an Open University course...
- Alvin also confirmed to T&M that the next instalment of his memoirs will be ready for exclusive publication on this website very soon: read all previous chapters HERE
A BRAND NEW URBAN DOGS 7" SINGLE: 'REBELLION SONG'
MATTHEW BEST BACK IN THE LINE-UP
TWO BRILLIANT NEW TRACKS RECORDED
After their last fantastic release, the critically acclaimed acoustic ‘Bonefield’ album on Time & Matter Records, we are pleased to announce that Time & Matter will be scheduling the brand new vinyl-only single by the Urban Dogs for release later in the year.
Recorded at Pat Collier’s Perry Vale Studios in London on the 9th and 10th of July 2014, the Urban Dogs are once again joined by original drummer Matthew Best on two tracks, entitled ‘Rebellion Song’ and ‘One Foot In The Grave’.
Produced by Charlie himself, with Pat Collier as engineer, the new Urban Dogs line-up is:
Charlie Harper: Vocals / Guitar
Knox: Vocals / Lead Guitar
Pat Collier: Bass
Mathew Best: Drums / Backing Vocals
A Knox painting of an 'Urban Dog' will feature as the single's cover, which will also include an insert, with lyrics. Current plans are for the single to be a limited edition of 500 hand numbered copies, on coloured vinyl with the T&M catalogue number yet to be finalised!
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…”
“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.
Time & Matter quizzed Knox further about his song and he revealed that “…I don’t remember the circumstances of writing “One Foot In The Grave”, it was quite a while ago. I looked it up and I made my original home demo of the song on 15 August 1986. I sort of write and demo songs pretty much continuously and every now and again I’ll look over some old demos and see if they’re alright for whatever I’m doing. Usually I’ll make a new demo as the original ones are often too rough or embarrassing to actually play to anyone! One thing I like about the song is that it’s a rant and the vocal just goes on and on with no guitar solo or break, so it’s slightly unusual in that respect. Recording at Pat Collier’s studio (Perry Vale Studios near Forest Hill) was very easy, especially as drummer Matthew is a good attention to detail person. I was a bit worried about playing the guitar as I hadn’t really played it at all for ages, but it all came back to me, (well what there was of it), and the ends of my fingers, which were like jelly, held up OK. I took some plasters to the studio just in case!...”
T&M also spoke to returning Dogs drummer Matthew Best about how he returned to the fold: “… well Charlie just phoned me up out of the blue and asked if I'd be interested in getting together to record a single and I said yes. There wasn't much more to it than that. We didn't rehearse, we didn't even meet up beforehand. Knox sent me a demo of his song the day before we went into the studio, but I didn't hear Charlie's song until I got there. Everything seemed to click pretty well and we got both drum tracks down quickly and then went on to do the rest of the overdubs. Both songs were arranged, recorded and mixed in just less than two days, thanks largely to Pat Collier's quick work in the studio - he doesn't mess about! It was fantastic to see Knox and Charlie again as we had quite a bit of catching up to do. There is talk of more too, as we were pretty unanimous that we'd love to do another one…”
And finally, T&M spoke to the main man Charlie Harper about the new Dogs recordings, which he enthused are "...very exciting". Regarding 'Rebellion Song', Charlie revealed that "I wrote the song in preparation for the new U.K. Subs 'Y' album, but it just had more of an Urban Dogs feel to it. The song quickly developed after I was playing the guitar, learning some easy Jazz chords. Suddenly, whilst playing, some lyrics popped into my head which were 'Are you pointing a gun to my head...' I immediately felt that the words went well with those chords that I had and the rest really flowed easily, I actually wrote around 10 verses pretty much straight off, but then whittled them down afterwards. We are all very pleased with how it's all turned out..."
All pictures in this news story were kindly supplied by Matthew Best - cheers Matthew!
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
HOMEPAGE PICTURE CHOICE NUMBER 30
U.K. SUBS ON A FERRY IN 1982
John Seeley submitted to T&M 3 photos he found of Charlie Harper, Nicky Garratt and Steve Roberts on a ferry from Germany in 1982. John's mate Mike James is on the far right of Charlie in the photo of them meeting the band and road crew on a ferry trip with Radnor College of F.E, travelling from
Bremerhaven (Germany) to Harwich in 1982 (October?)
The two additional photos can be viewed 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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