ALL THE LATEST NEWS REGARDING THE 'Z' ALBUM     


>>> 30/06/2016 <<<


Album review on FungalPunk website

Ziezo gets another great review! This time on the ever-readable FungalPunk website.

Click here for the original review...

Also archived on T&M below:
"UK SUBS - ZIEZO

Well the time has come to review the UK Subs CD that completes a long and hard-worked journey that has seen considerable highs, potentially crippling lows and a fine attitude of get up and do it despite the situation.  I own every CD, most of which were brought on the release day, I have given them many spins over the years and as far as I am concerned this lot are my favourite band bar none.  Many hits, a percentage of shits and some offerings that miss the mark completely but boy what a grand trip it has been. The crest the band ride on now is well deserved and if you compare the brass to what changes hands in the big scheme of things it is still a pittance.  The coin will never replace the appreciation shown by the fans and the fact remains that the band have ground out one hell of a trail in which others may care to follow.  I crack on, no favours shown, no teary eyed wankage or biased bullshit - what you see is what you get and what I bloody well mean.

Side 1...

The commencement clatters in and 'Polarisation' is under immediate stress due to me being a Subs fan and being very demanding of a powerful and convincing start.  With heavyweight cabled bassism, chopping and surging guitar animation, a real fluster no bluster in the tympanic department and Harper's rough house gob work this is an industrious start that knuckledusts forth with exerting verve and traditional modulations we have seen over the past 40 years.  A very robust and slamming start that appeals and I move on to 'Oligarchy' hopeful of a follow-up punch right in the attentive smacker.  This second song rolls in with more melody and on slightly more tamed tones that sees the construction become a typical verse/chorus/ instrumental song forced down our ever needy throats.  Four cymbal splashes, a kaleidoscopic guitar release and forth into the oral kick-back, foamed over a controlled regulation of power chuggery. Rock steady and reliable punk rock that just makes the Subs something quite special. When comparisons are made to bands of the same era isn't it surprising how the most earthy and real this lot still appear to be - fine work!

Third in and as happy as a fly on a turd 'I've Got A Gun' ponders certain armed eventualities and pours forward after a brief pounding that keeps the neurones alert.  A sub-radio style of mouth-work leads into a simple chorus that echoes the song title and eventually blows out its arse during a brief solo push.  Nothing outrageous this time around but played and produced with an exactness that gets the best out of the job at hand.  My favourite track of the first quartet comes next with 'Evil vs Evil' reminding me of vibes past but holding its own character which is stomping, irate and genuinely powerful.  Again, what we get is the bog brush basics of a Subboid song, indicating an adherence to the fundamentals, a proof that the fire in the belly still rages and that over all these years the consistency is, in the main, a good thing to behold.  The greatest aspect of this song is that snatching chorus and tribalised wind-out fodder for fuckers like me - oomph!

'Proto Feminist' next and a tame song that just names a few women folk who have done their bit to level the balance of the sexes.  Some fine women, some bigoted bints (gotta keep it touchy) come and go throughout the tune that wraps around itself and squeezes its own bollocks dry - leaving not much juice for us parched punters to quench our thirst on.  A below average ditty but with a cause - maybe I am just a greedy twat.  'Disclosure' is an interesting number that combines cheap confessional sub-shock tactics with a blues cum riff slanted approach.  Beneath the upper layers is a throbbing personality in need of attention it seems and with some mind idling lines thrown into the mix I really don't know where I am at with this number.  Power-wise this is a bold offering, technically is has some decent angularity and as a movement I feel it is a grower - I just can't see the point of the statements and what the end result is meant to be - tis all bollocks I suppose.

I flit on...

Cracks and splashes, smacks and dashes begin 'Rise' before we wade forth with all hands to the deck.  A powerful song that pushes the CD along nicely and has all components firing hard and keeping a good level of sinewy muscle flexed.  The gripe I have is that it is run of the mill for the band and nothing out of the ordinary and I find myself with little else to say.  A questioning chomper I neither love nor hate with a 'Kicks'y segment thrown in - ooh.  'World War III' is another one in the same groove but the band seem to have their heads further down here and Harper is in tetchy form as a full blown out escapade is had, a bomb blitz that throbs with heave ho angst and disbelieving frustration.  A hefty mover that has a black liquid edge, loaded with diseased disgruntlement and poisoning ill temper - come cut me deep ye cunts!

I take stock, Side 1 is finalised - thoughts are of a solid account with some general highs and one or two flat-line moments...

I toss the plastic pancake of sound and it lands the other side up...

Side 2...

'Dope Fiend' is a well-ventilated structure of shifting sound that uses many old tricks and ragged formulas with a mix of well-wanked wires and twatted tympanics and safe and steady tuneism flown through with easy lyrics about a dependant lass who needs to break her own set mould.  An average effort for me as is the awkward and care-free trudge of 'I Don't Care'.  A song that states the obvious, uses the old punk tag to get its point across and walks with pants around the ankles and makes little progress as a result - nah, a lazy effort lads, sod it.  'Master Race' perspires with more threat, is adorned with rugged chuggery and twilight twinges that resonate deep.  Again, nothing outside of the usual box, no challenging accents or angles but a granite, leak-proof push of sound that thumps home the message.  Fuck all flags for me, fuck em' I say, we all should be under one banner - friends - simple hey!  I like this one a lot, a real spunky monkey with grenades instead of bananas  'Banksy' is a clever play on words that slaps a brush across the walls of society and leaves a message of questioning rebellion.  Twisting straight in with a sharpened spiral of sonic screwdriving we move to a refined bass busting verse that rises and brings out our rebellious nature via a chorus that oozes consummate class.  Thrown off the wrist with a musical wankers exactitude this is a successful song and energises this second side to jump to new highs.  Following on is the rib rattler muck of 'This Machine', a bog brush shit out of bruising noise that isn't the zenith of the CD but is a necessary inclusion to keep the attack varied, of multiple leanings and assorted flavours.  A song that takes time to swallow, a roughed-up forcible violation of our most decent senses - if we can remember what they ever were.

Into the last three - come on chaps, a final flourish to fuck off with.  'City Of The Dead' is just what is needed with a sub-skank, pseudo-Rancid-esque jaunt of jollified jingling that takes dark subject matter and flings the point made across on light, jig-inducing tones.  An anti-terrorist, reality drenched ditty with a pirate shindig style that really raises the rhythm levels and keeps us intrigued.  A shanty it appears before switching down and entering a thoughtful recess where all goes on hold and we seek new light.  The chink of clarity comes and we flow with ease to the last breath - nice work.  'Maid Of Orleans' is about J of A and tells a tale of religious lunacy, great achievement and a defiance of odds.  In 19 short years this upstanding cross-dressing lass did more than her bit and left her mark in the annals of history for all to admire.  The noise made here is choppy, corrugated and with rusted edges that flake away within a non-too melodic offering that reminds me of a song by the band found on the 'Quintessential' album about hanging around in Mexico looking for a hairless dog - come on you know the one.  That song was a short, sharp affair whereas this one ponses about and labours the point with a pointless bass pulse thrown into the mix for no real reason at all - bah.  The closing chomp sets its rear on fire but again this is average fodder.  'Zeitgeist' is the farewell song, the final full stop of a 26 album rampage and signs off with all ethics and sonic values booming.  Pertinent in so much as the punk scene needs to tighten up, get a set of ideals carved in granite and pushed to the hilt.  A sedentary lifestyle is of no use, a divided crowd pointless - wake up, show some spirit, share some spirit and...do it yourself, as well as together.

That is it folks, the last UK Subs official album done.  Scrutinised and played to buggery I reckon I have remained unbiased and been as honest as can be (gotta maintain my ethics too).  A good listen with a few moments not making the grade and an album that will not be the bands best but will certainly not be their worst.  In fact I should do a list of the bands releases and try and put em' in some kind of judged order...what a task that would be!  So thank you to the Subs for some good years of noise, here's to many more with some single releases along the way and if you have read this then I reckon you should buy the CD for the sheer hell of it, as a way of thanks to the band and out of respect for their efforts.  Up the UK Subs."


>>> 19/06/2016 <<<


Album review in Vive Le Rock magazine

Ziezo gets another fantastic review! This time in the latest issue (No.36) of Vive Le Rock magazine, cheers to Shane Baldwin for the words...

Here's Shane's review

UK SUBS
ZIEZO
(PledgeMusic)
The Subs hit the big ‘Z’
9/10
Of course way back in 1979, when singer Charlie Harper, guitarist Nicky Garratt, bassist
Paul Slack and drummer Pete Davies named the first UK Subs album ‘Another Kind Of
Blues’, they had no intention of releasing an album for every letter of the alphabet. The
album went to No.21 on the national chart, followed the next year by ‘Brand New Age’, which
made No.18, and their biggest hit, the live album ‘Crash Course’ which soared into the Top
10 at No.8, giving us A, B and C, but it’s still not clear when the band noticed this sequence
and decided to continue it. The Subs’ last chart album, ‘Diminished Responsibility’, with Alvin
Gibbs and Steve Roberts replacing Slack and Davies, went to No.18 in 1981, but while the
hits dried up, and the Subs’ line-up changed with startling rapidity, they established
themselves as one of punk’s most hard-working bands, seasoned road-hogs. And the
albums piled up.
The standard of their mid-period albums, while mostly high, did falter occasionally, with
1991’s ‘Mad Cow Fever’ most fans’ nadir, but it’s been a magnificent run-up to the fabled ‘Z’
album. The current band, with Harper, Gibbs, Jet on guitar and drummer Jamie Oliver, is the
Subs’ longest running line-up, and certainly the best since the early ‘80s, delivering modern
Subs classics in ‘Work In Progress’ (2011), ‘XXIV’ (2013) and ‘Yellow Leader’ (2015), and
now, here we are, at last, with ‘Ziezo’.
The danger could have been that with all the fuss made, and anticipation about, the Subs’
gloriously bonkers achievement in completing a full alphabet of albums, and, apparently,
winning a place in ‘The Guinness Book Of Records’, that the actual quality of the content of
‘Ziezo’ might get lost in the melee. Releasing the album through PledgeMusic, with coloured
vinyl, signed sleeves, signed drum skins, personal appearances etc. has also added to the
hype, but thankfully, having waded through all that (and stumped up 23 notes for the three-
coloured vinyl jobby) when you finally whack ‘Ziezo’ on the turntable, it’s a monster of an
album.
Opener ‘Polarisation’ is a pounding, breathless slab of slickly precise punk metal, followed
by ‘Oligarchy’ a more traditional Subs chugger with soaring choruses, as is Charlie and Jet’s
‘World War 111’, while Alvin’s ‘I’ve Got A Gun’ is a crisp rocker with a killer singalong chorus.
One Subs fan of my acquaintance winces openly at the sound of Charlie’s mouth organ, and
there it is on ‘Disclosure’, but fear not, the song is a pleasingly swaggering spot of rock ‘n’
roll sleaze.
Jamie’s ‘This Machine’ roars along at breakneck speed, a monstrous hardcore workout
nailed down with rock solid drums as Charlie shreds his vocal chords over the top, followed
by the relatively sedate Clash-style reggae rocker ‘City Of The Dead’, and we end with more
traditional Subs fare in Charlie and Jamie’s ‘Zeitgeist’.
Add to all this a truly huge production job by Pat Collier, and you have a UK Subs album that
more than lives up to the occasion.

Shane Baldwin


>>> 07/06/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Black vinyl and CD now available

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Ziezo black vinyl and CD now available!

Hello again everyone,

Ziezo is now available on CD and black vinyl from the official UK Subs website at www.uksubs.co.uk/shop. The CD is also available from either there or from our good friends at www.uksubstimeandmatter.net who have been extremely helpful over the last few years by running what is undoubtedly the most impressive UK Subs archive on the web.

Shipping worldwide now!"

Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE


>>> 06/06/2016 <<<


 Pledge Update: 7" single E-mail update

The band have sent out an e-mail to those Pledgers who ordered the 'For Pledgers Only' 7" single under the heading: "For Pledgers Only 7" vinyl mistake"
The e-mail reads:

"Hello again.

We would like to clarify a few points raised on various forums regarding the 'For Pledgers Only' seven inch vinyl.
We wanted to give something that we thought was unique to our pledgers and make the price as cheap as possible. To this end, Alvin submitted two cassettes that he has had in his possession since the recordings were made, over 30 years ago. When he mentioned this we all (Chaz / Jamie/ Jet and Paul North) said "yes! perfect!" We lifted the tracks straight from Alvin's tapes and paid Daniel from NLBF Mastering to clean up the sound as best as possible. There was only a few tracks on the cassettes and we picked the three we thought were the most interesting. Alvin then wrote about them and we included the info in the record along with stamping and signing them all.
It now looks like we may have been mistaken. Whether someone else had these songs at the same time, it appears so! None of us knew this at the time and we apologise. Indeed, had we known, we wouldn't have paid for them to be cleaned up! If anyone feels unhappy about the single please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. where you can arrange a return and a refund will be offered.
It looks like the songs form part of the demonstration tapes LP. This was released in 1984 on vinyl and as we speak not one copy is for sale on discogs in the UK. You can buy the CD from our friends Captain Oi. This is limited to 500 copies.
As for this release there has been 550 sold, 50 kept for the band and 50 on red wax again for band and friends. We are sorry if you have this already, we had no idea this was the same tracks on Alvin's cassette. As if that wasn't bad enough 100 inserts didn't go out. We know who didn't get them and they will be delivered this week.
This whole campaign has been an enormous task and a learning curve for us, so please bear with us. We are 98% of the way to fulfilling everybody's orders and are dealing with any damages and other problems etc.
Thanks for your patience and support,

UK Subs"


 >>> 02/06/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Major Announcement

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"MAJOR UK SUBS ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Hello everyone,

As you are no doubt aware by now, we are at the very tail end of an incredible campaign which has seen us write and record the 26th and final UK Subs album, Ziezo. The partnership that achieved this feat has spanned the last decade and produced the last 4 albums, providing perhaps the most stable period of UK Subs’ history.

However, as time inevitably presses on, relationships expire and new ones form. And so it is with regret that UK Subs are, by mutual agreement, to part company with guitarist Jet. This may come as a shock to some, but ultimately it is a decision that has not been taken lightly.

We’d like to thank Jet for a decade of outstanding service and wish him the very best in all of his future endeavours. We also extend our thanks to you in advance, for your ongoing support and understanding during this time.

We shall be trying out a few candidates in the coming weeks. Suffice to say we hope our next choice will allow us to continue and thrive through the next phase of UK Subs. In the meantime please do not contact us offering your services or telling us of a friend who would be perfect for the job as we have very specific criteria for what we are looking for and already have people in mind. Further updates to follow.

Charlie, Alvin and Jamie"

Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE

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   >>> 01/06/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: ...for all vinyl orders

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Update for all vinyl orders

Hello folks just an update as to where we are with shipping.

1/ Test pressings. Those have been shipped with the exception of three people who are waiting for an alternative.

2/ The tri-colour vinyl has all been shipped (bar 20 that will be shipped in two to three weeks) and the vast majority of you should have them. There is bound to be a couple of damaged in the post as we have shipped around 1020. If you have a damaged one please contact pledge customer services direct. Please don’t post your enquiries to the message board as we still have to refer you to Pledge, meaning we have to read your enquiry there, then forward it to our people at Pledge, then wait to hear back from them and then get back to you. It’s taking a long time to get back to you like this. We will endeavour to sort out problems asap. However you will need to verify your claim by returning said item. If it is faulty we will replace it of course.

3/ 7" vinyl. We have these in stock and will be despatched within the next few days. We have had to make an insert which was delayed by football! (Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley) The stamp which we ordered was rubbish so we have had to order another one, which we are still waiting for. Bear in mind this will be signed and hand stamped with an insert by Alvin about uber rare tracks. This has taken the longest to prepare out of all of the items. It will be soon. We will ship asap. We will also be in touch with all 7" pledgers regarding a download that will be made available to you shortly.

The vinyl part of this was always going to be the most testing. We are sorry for the delay but we hope the majority of you understand. Please bear in mind we all don’t live in London / we tour and record regularly and we have to fit this in in between all this, which if you are close to the band you will know how tough this has been along with other issues that will come to light… For your information our staff at pledge have commented that is been one of the best ever campaigns in terms of all aspects of the release. Something we are rightly proud of. We thank each and every one of you including the people behind the scenes. See you out on tour!
UK subs"

Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE


>>> 24/05/2016 <<<


 Ziezo CD Now Available To Buy Online 

Time & Matter are very pleased to announce that we are handling the distribution of online sales for the U.K. Subs' 26th and final album, Ziezo. 

We are stocking CD copies of the album in our Big Cartel Web-shop but it will also be possible to place orders through the band's own website, www.uksubs.com

As usual with T&M, postage is discounted for multiple items and if you buy five or more different items you get a free T&M patch!

There are loads of goodies in the shop, with a lot of them on sale, but when they run out they will not be restocked so get 'em while you can!

Track Listing: Ziezo!

01) Polarisation
02) Oligarchy
03) I’ve Got a Gun
04) Evil Vs Evil
05) Proto Feminist
06) Disclosure
07) Rise
08) World War III
09) Dope Fiend
10) I Don’t Care
11) Master Race
12) Banksy
13) This Machine
14) City of the Dead
15) Maid of Orleans
16) Zeitgeist

 

BUY THE CD HERE!


>>> 20/05/2016 <<<


Jet's Facebook Update

Jet has posted up the below picture of the new 7" single 'For Pledgers Only' all laid out and signed, along with the following message:
"Here comes 7 inch singles! Just signed all of them!"


>>> 20/05/2016 <<<


 Pledge Update: Test Pressing E-mail update

The band have sent out an e-mail to those Pledgers who ordered the LP Test Pressing under the heading: "Important test pressing update!"
The e-mail reads:

"Hi,

We are sending out the LP test pressings on Wednesday this week. Unfortunately, there is a minor issue with a small click on one of the songs. In addition to that, the pressing plant sent them to us on black vinyl (we had ordered them on coloured vinyl as advertised) The issue with the click meant that we had to run a second set of test pressings which was pressed on red vinyl. This second run of test pressings doesn't have any clicks at all but they won't arrive with us for another two to three weeks for reasons out of our control. If you are happy to receive the original test pressing, warts and all, on black vinyl then disregard this email - you will receive yours this week. If you would prefer to wait a couple of weeks for the red vinyl which is actually the second test pressing and therefore not the original test pressing then please respond to this email now quoting your order id and we'll update our records. This must be done ASAP please.

Once again apologies for the delay!

UK Subs"


   >>> 20/05/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Tricolour LP & 7" single!

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Tricolour/7" update!
Hi folks,
 
Just a quick update as to where we are. The coloured vinyl albums were shipped out to the UK customers yesterday, and the international orders are being completed today and tomorrow. However, the pressing plant has sent us 35 records less than we ordered so our plan is to fulfil everybody’s orders but if you’ve ordered 3 or 4, you may only receive 2 records for now, with the remaining copies following in due course. The is the only fair way we could manage the discrepancy. We are very happy with the way it looks and sounds and we think you will be too.
 
Regarding the 7" records, we have received them and will be signing them before our Southampton gig this evening at the Talking Heads. These will be packaged and shipped on Monday/Tuesday."
 
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   >>> 15/05/2016 <<<


    Ziezo LP signing - update from Jet   

Jet has posted the following message and picture on his Facebook page:

"The Ziezo records are here. Just signed over 1000 copies. They look really nice. Thanks for waiting, they will be with you very soon!"


  >>> 14/05/2016 <<<


    Ziezo Album Reviewed on Uber Rock website   

The ever-fabulous Uber Rock website has given the U.K. Subs' final album a fantastic review.
Written by Dom Daley, his review concludes:

"Jamie, Jet, Alvin and Charlie I salute you, not for the endurance or perseverance but for making so many records that were better or as good as the previous one and so much better than most other bands. The UK Subs have integrity, class and a back catalogue to make anyone blush. Long may it continue, long live the UK Subs!"

Read the full review on the Uber Rock website: CLICK HERE

Review also archived on T&M below:

"UK Subs - 'Ziezo' (PledgeMusic)    
CD Reviews
Written by Dom Daley  
Saturday, 14 May 2016 03:00

Who would have thought all those years ago it would even be possible to go from A to Z and who would have seen the UK Subs achieve that feat? I don't mind admitting I never saw it coming but, boy, over the last decade I'm so glad it has gathered momentum culminating in the masterful 'Ziezo'.

Let's face it, the current line up has been stable for quite a number of years now and the recent albums from the 'Warhead' EP have been as good as the band managed from A-E if not better. 'Work In Progress' was as good as they got on record since the first album with a super consistent track list and 'xxiv' wasn't far behind. 'Yellow Leader' fell ever so slightly short of those two but my God I don't want to get hyper critical here because if 'Ziezo' is half as good it will still be better than 90% of any other band's new album.

'Ziezo' begins with what you might refer to as a typical Subs opener, 'Polarisation' goes straight for the jugular. A familiar Jet riff over some phenomenal drumming (as usual) courtesy of Jamie Oliver's jazz hands (and feet) and the real tour de force of the last decade the Alvin Gibbs bass runs that turbo inject proceedings as they rumbles around my speakers as the perfect foil for Jet's superb guitar solo. Charlie doesn't do so badly either as the song brutalises the listener til the final chord.

'Oligarchy' is next up and whilst it's more restrained it isn't afraid to dirty itself in politics. The gang vocals are cool as is Jet's solo (again). 'Oligarchy' has itself a really neat arrangement and sounds like musical velvet. With a more tuneful chorus 'I've Got A Gun' fires off at a great pace but has one of those Subs live fist in the air moments then onto 'Evil Vs Evil' which has some great lyrics as Charlie barks out the orders to a foot stomping bruiser.

'Proto Feminist Heroine' reminds me of some Manics song written for the 'Holy Bible' album (I kid you not). Charlie rattles off famous women who were worthy of being called heroines for sure in a short sharp burst that cuts the mustard in less than two minutes.

Alvin takes the mic for 'Disclosure' and what a fine tune it is. On the first few plays it's certainly contender for the stand out track on the album as there's something about the melody and I always love hearing Charlie's harmonica playing. The song carries a super cool rhythm that builds towards a really decent chorus.

'Dope Fiend' follows 'Tokyo Rose' (from 'Work In Progress') and has a power pop riff and those gang vocals are most welcome.

The middle section of the album is certainly a diverse beast and 'I Don't Care' offers something left of centre, as well as the melody the lyrics are spot on - it's instant and about as easy listening as the Subs are gonna get. Not easy in a pop way but instant and straight forward. Next up is 'Master Race' and whilst the main body of the song is alright it's the outro that will raise a few eyebrows as the Subs go full on '70s pop tastic, folks, with some brilliant shamalamadingdong!

The next couple hurtle along nicely with 'This Machine' going at it harder than 1000 Metallica records could ever muster. There is an elephant in the room as the Subs go all roots reggae on us and, you know what, it's an amazing song. 'The City Of The Damned' is about as good as your Rancids get when they do the white boy reggae and to be fair the arrangement is excellent as they don't over do it with a whole horn ensemble they keep it real with some very nice layers of acoustic guitar. Quite Brilliant!

Bringing up the rear is the fine 'Maid Of Orleans' and to put the full stop on the whole shooting match is 'Zeitgeist' and hearing Charlie laugh at the end is a piece of magic. It might not contain as many super strong songs as some of the most recent records but having sixteen songs there is plenty of variety and styles yet always remaining true to themselves and being instantly recognisable as the UK Subs.

Reaching the finale of A-Z is something I doubt any of us ever envisaged and to finish so strongly is testament to the current line up that has offered up so many great songs. This cant be the end? That would be unfair; maybe now we can begin with numbers or colours just don't stop writing and releasing such great great records.

Jamie, Jet, Alvin and Charlie I salute you, not for the endurance or perseverance but for making so many records that were better or as good as the previous one and so much better than most other bands. The UK Subs have integrity, class and a back catalogue to make anyone blush. Long may it continue, long live the UK Subs!"


  >>> 05/05/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Ziezo Vinyl LPs Due Soon

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Good news!
Hi all,
The vinyl has been pressed and is now on its way to us. We’ll have another mammoth signing session where we will sign every copy except for the people who requested it not to be signed. This will take place next week so we should be able to ship it all out to you straight away. Some of you may have received emails notifying you that your LP has been shipped already but this was a slight error on our part with the way the system works with marking things as shipped. This has now been rectified. It’s a little bit late but it’s coming!"

Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE


 >>> 04/05/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Ziezo Launch Gig Thanks

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Monday night!
Wow…. Just wow. How much fun was Monday night???
Thanks to everybody who came to our album launch party at the Queens Hall in Nuneaton. We were absolutely blown away and still buzzing for days after.
Here’s a little clip of Charlie and Jamie performing their acoustic version of ‘Warhead’ shot by Steve Cotton. This was the chilled out beginning to one of the most incredible nights we can remember.
Thanks again, you rock!
 

Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE


 >>> 26/04/2016 <<<


Ziezo - First Album Review Posted Online

The splendid Art of the State website has reviewed the new album, giving it a massive thumbs-up, concluding that:

"this album sees the UK Subs hitting harder and more consistently than pretty much anything they’ve done in the meantime, It’s up there with the best of them, 16 tracks of a band once again at the top of their game. I love seeing the Subs play their classics live, you see so many bands right now play their early albums in their entirety – but you know what? I’d love to see this band play this, their latest release, in full – it’s that good."

READ THE FULL ORIGINAL REVIEW - CLICK HERE

ALSO ARCHIVED ON T&M BELOW:

UK SUBS – ‘Ziezo’ album (16 tracks, released April 2016)

Way back in 1979 the UK Subs released their first album ‘Another Kind Of Blues’. Followed up by ‘Brand New Age’ and ‘Crash Course’ by the time ‘Diminished Responsibility’ came around it was obvious even then to my teenage mind that the album titles were running in alphabetical order. At that time the group reaching the letter Z seemed like an impossible target. Band members joined and left with vocalist Charlie Harper being the only constant throughout. Some albums were more memorable than others but over the last few titles, as the band approached their target, a line up has emerged that really has hit their groove. Ziezo, the last full UK Subs album in the series, is a fitting finale. Full of precision hard hitting drumming, solid bass lines and choppy crunching guitar it delivers throughout. And then there is the voice of Charlie over the top, still with plenty to say and the means to deliver it. He makes a mockery of his advancing years once again on this outing.

‘Polarisation’ opens the album bursting out of a background of discordant sounds, racing to its conclusion. The next three cuts, all around the two and half minute mark, follow on its heel, guitarist Jet really rocking out out on ‘Oligarchy’ before the chant along chorus of ‘Evil vs Evil’. ‘Proto Feminist Heroine’ is more experimental with its list of subjects referenced by the title followed by the bluesy ‘Disclosure’. Normal service then resumes (!) with a slew of great punk songs following one after another with subjects from the master race to enigmatic graffiti artist Banksy only broken up by the Jamie Oliver led thrash drumming of ‘This Machine’. ‘City of Dead’  provides a break with its ska riffing before ‘Maid of Orleans’ and z for ‘Zeitgeist’ close off proceedings in classic UK Subs style.

Thirty seven years after they kicked off with the letter A this album sees the UK Subs hitting harder and more consistently than pretty much anything they’ve done in the meantime, It’s up there with the best of them, 16 tracks of a band once again at the top of their game. I love seeing the Subs play their classics live, you see so many bands right now play their early albums in their entirety – but you know what? I’d love to see this band play this, their latest release, in full – it’s that good.

The cover art is killer too – such a great nod back to Another Kind of Blues.
 


 >>> 25/04/2016 <<<


Pledge Update:  Download extended to CD pledgers!

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Download extended to CD pledgers!

To ensure that everyone can hear Ziezo at the same time, we have extended the Ziezo download to CD pledgers. So if you’ve ordered the CD but haven’t received it in the mail today go to the downloads section now!"

Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE


 >>> 25/04/2016 <<<


Pledge Update:  Album starts shipping...

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"So what do you think?

Ziezo CDs have now been signed and shipped out and people are already receiving their copies. If you’ve ordered Ziezo on vinyl you can now download your digital copy direct from this website. Just navigate to the downloads section and you’ll find your copy there. For all who have heard the album, tell us what you think!"

 

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 >>> 22/04/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Launch Gig Ticket Info

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Launch gig ticket info
Hi all,
We’ve had a lot of questions regarding the tickets for our official album launch party on May 2nd so this is how it’ll work. On the night we’ll have a list of everyone’s names and confirmation numbers. You will have received an order number when you pledged for your tickets. All you will need to do is make a note of your order number and say it at the door along with your name and you’ll be given your pin badges and will be granted entry.
Tickets are now available for the event at the venue right now so if anyone is interested in buying tickets the number to call is 02476 347402. Please note: the pin badges are for pledgers only and not for general sale ticket holders.
We hope this clears everything up for you and we’re looking forward to an amazing night!

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 >>> 21/04/2016 <<<


Jet's Facebook Update

Jet has posted up the below picture of the new 'Ziezo' CD all laid out ready to be signed, along with the following message:
"New cd's look fantastic. Been signing since this morning. So far 1000 cds and 300 books done and more to come! Thanks everyone who has pledged our new album! They will be with you shortly!"


 >>> 21/04/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Shipping Update!

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Shipping update!
Hi folks
Just a quick update as to how we are progressing. Let’s start with the good news. We are signing all of the CDs and books as we speak so 1000 CDs and 300 books. Our shipper will be sending these out straight away along with t-shirts/hoodies/badges/lyric sheets etc etc.
The drum skins will be delivered to us next week.
So we should fulfill these orders in time.
So to the bad news. The vinyl will be delayed to mid May. There has been a number of reasons for this:
1/ we took longer over the art because we were in Europe on tour and time was tight.
2/ when we got the test pressing back it had a click on one of the tracks and this had to be found and rectified.
3/ finally the Renaissance of vinyl continues unabated, we got caught in record store day orders which as you know is now massive.
So if you have bought an LP you will be able to download the LP the same time as the CDs are shipped so you are not penalised for the delay.
We sold in excess of 2500 items, 95% of which have to be signed. For a touring/recording band, finding the time and a venue to achieve this has been tough but we are getting there.
We have been overwhelmed by your support. Thank you all! "

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>>> 06/04/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Working out the parts for 'I've got a gun'

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Working out the parts for 'I've got a gun'

Here’s a video clip of Alvin starting to teach Jamie the structure of ’I’ve got a gun’. It may sound a little odd with not being able to hear what anyone else is saying on the microphones but hopefully it’ll give you a bit of an insight into how we get the ball rolling in the first place when we start working on a new album.

And just so you know, don’t expect these updates to stop just because the presale campaign has ended! We’ll still send you updates related to Ziezo every now and again :)"

 

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>>> 04/04/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Campaign Ends!

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Elvis has left the building!

A huge big massive thanks to all who have supported us during the Ziezo campaign over the past few months. You have been absolutely incredible and we have been utterly overwhelmed by your response in getting involved and showing the world why UK Subs fans are the best in the universe!

It’s been an epic journey so far but now is when the real work begins for us. In the coming weeks we’ll be signing every single copy of the album, the 7" vinyl, the minibook and the drum skins and then we’ll be shipping everything out to you wonderful people. It’s a mammoth task but one that’s very welcome. We just hope you won’t be disappointed!

Cheers everyone, love and respect x "

 

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>>> 02/04/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: 24 Hours To Go!!!

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"24 hours to go!!!

Hi all, there is little over 24 hours left to preorder Ziezo. After this there will be no more signed tri-coloured vinyl records on sale anywhere in the world and it’ll be available only on black vinyl for the foreseeable future. The same goes for the minibook, hand written lyric sheets, badges and all of the items on the exclusive menu.
So this is it guys, last chance to bag yourself an exclusive item!
www.pledgemusic.com/uksubs"

 

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>>> 31/03/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Another  Song Released...

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"One last song before we close!

As you all know there is very little time left before the Ziezo campaign ends on Sunday night, so we’ve decided to give you one last track before we start shipping out all of your items.
This one is called ‘Polarisation’. It’s a bit of a fast and furious one with lots of changes and manic guitars and drums. Tell us what you think and feel free to share it! We’ve made this one available for you to download so you can put it on your computer or iPod etc.
Big thanks to Big Andy for jumping up on the drums for the intro section of the song before it kicks in, we know you didn’t want to do it but nice one!
Music written by Jamie Oliver, lyrics by Charlie Harper."

 

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>>> 28/03/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: 7 Days Left!

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"7 days left!

Folks, there is now just 7 days until the UK Subs ‘Ziezo’ campaign ends. After this all of the exclusive items on the Pledge Music page will not be available anywhere at all. So if you haven’t done already and want to bag yourself a tri-coloured vinyl, an exclusive Ziezo t-shirt in gun metal grey, an exclusive UK Subs enamel badge, book or hand written lyric sheet by Sir Charles of Harper, now is the time!

The countdown has begun. The campaign will end at midnight GMT on Sunday. Don’t miss out!"


 

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>>> 26/03/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Enamel Badge Design Revealed

Tab_widthThe band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Enamel badge design revealed!

Hi folks, apologies in the delay in getting this out there but here is the exclusive enamel badge design. It is a two dimensional image so you’ll have to use your imagination a little bit but we added a slight gloss effect to attempt to help you visualise what it’ll look like. These will not be available after the Pledge campaign ends which will be on April 3rd so not long now!

 

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>>> 21/03/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Excerpt from Alvin's Mini-book

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Have an excerpt from Alvin's mini-book!

Tab_widthHey, ho, not long to go until the UK Sub’s PledgeMusic furfilment day is upon us. Although we are just a month away from overloading the postal services of the world with your pre-ordered choices, there’s still time to procure what remains on offer at our dedicated page at pledgemusic.com/projects/uk-subs-ziezo. There, among some other items, you may yet grab yourself a copy of Alvin’s mini-book: Ziezo: an eyewitness account of the making of a final album by the Punk collective known as the UK Subs, which provides the reader with an unique diary-form insight into the creative day-to-day process that occurred in the studio, the mechanics of how each song was musically and lyrically developed, the occasional tensions and musical variances between band members, and the difficulties of recording an album while simultaneously touring the length and breadth of the UK. There is also some tasty incidents recounted that occurred out of the studio during this recording period as well as some choice anecdotes from the Sub’s past. The text is fully supported by numerous photographs and other relevant images. As a sampler then of what to expect from this extended screed here’s an anecdote from the book that seemed appropriate for inclusion in my December 1st 2015 diary entry. Hope you enjoy giving it a browse and really looking forward to seeing many of you at a gig somewhere, sometime, during our forthcoming spring UK tour.

’Following the Exeter gig – the final show of the series – I stayed with my good friends Patrick and Sarah at their home in Dawlish in Devon. After two relaxing days there I get up silly-early at 5.15 am on the Wednesday morning to catch the train from Exeter to London’s Waterloo Station. Then take a tube ride to Chiswick to join up with the rest of the band for a straight run of five gigs in the following places: Scarborough, Gateshead (adjacent Newcastle), Doncaster and Blackburn, followed by a crazy nine hour drive from Blackburn all the way back down to Devon for an appearance at the Ilfracombe Punk festival.
I don’t really knows how many hundreds of miles of driving this mad sequence of gigs entailed, but it’s not even close to the worst travel schedules that I’ve endured with the UK Subs over the years. One comes instantly to mind: Back in 2006, when Nicky Garratt was still playing guitar with the band, we embarked on a North American tour in the company of the Misfits, the Adicts, Osaka Popstar and two other Punk outfits under the collective touring title of the Fiend Fest. Just prior to flying over there for the tour from France, Nicky ‘phoned me and proposed we share the driving. We always hire a driver for tours, but his reason for abandoning this sound policy was wrapped in the cunning question he proffered me: ‘Have you ever actually driven from one coast of the USA to the other and back again before?’
‘No’, I answered, adding ‘I’ve certainly been driven from one coast to the other and back again many times, but it’s true I’ve not physically taken the wheel for such a marathon journey’.
He pressed his point: ‘See Alvin, you’re forty-eight years old, so this could possibly be your last opportunity to do it’. He then posed another question ‘Why don’t we take it in turns to drive the bus ourselves, just you and me?’
To which I foolishly answered ‘Alright, let’s do it’.
The tour began in Santa Anna, California on the 13th of October and finished in Baltimore, Maryland on the 9th of November 2006. The first series of dates were all on the West coast side of America, concluding with a show at the Key Club on Sunset Blvd, in Hollywood. The subsequent gig though was in Hartford, Connecticut, on the other side of the country. When I checked the mileage from Hollywood to Hartford on the map I realised we were talking about a distance of two-thousand, nine-hundred miles with just three travel days to get there. Every other Fiend Fest band would be flying in the day before the actual gig, but not the Subs, that would be far too easy.
Nicky and I then calculated that in order to reach the Webster Theatre in Hartford in good time for the show we needed to drive solidly for the whole three days and nights: no sleeping in hotels what-so-ever, and being able to only take time out from the highways and byways to fuel-up, eat and use the service-station’s toilet facilities to wash, brush our teeth and do the necessaries. To this end we agreed that I would do the first eight hours of driving, after which Nicky would take over for eight hours, then swop ‘round again, and so on, until we had traversed the USA from the Pacific Ocean to its Atlantic seaboard. And that’s exactly what Garratt and I did, for three days and nights: eight hours on, eight hours off to snatch a little sleep in a back seat of the bus, then grabbing a bit of food when we stopped to refuel before driving on while doing our utmost not to nod off at the wheel.
I drove the last leg into Hartford. Have obtained the venue we loaded in our equipment and just two hours later we took to the stage to play our show. And there are many other epic journeys like this that I’ve undertaken with the UK Subversives during my tenure with the group that I could recount for you if this was the appropriate literary project.
Occasionally we get a support band turning up at a venue that moans to us that they’ve had to voyage a hundred or miles or so to get there. Usually these musicians are much younger than I, certainly way younger than Charlie; and I think to myself ‘Fucking pussies!’ Drive near three thousand miles non-stop for three successive days to play a show and then bitch to me about how difficult and tiring your excursion had been.

 

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>>> 14/03/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: New Track Revealed

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Have another track!!!
Hi all,
As you are aware our UK tour starts next month and our Pledge campaign ends in 3 weeks time. So we’ve decided to give you another track from Ziezo to wet your appetite a little in the build up to the release. The song is called ‘Maid of Orleans’ and it’s about Joan of Arc. It’s a bit of a slower number with a bit of a contemporary feel to it but it still packs a bit of a punch.
Thanks once again for your incredible and undying support, we are truly humbled by your amazing response to all of this.
Let us know what you think!"

 

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>>> 06/03/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Album art revealed!

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Album art revealed!
We can finally reveal the artwork for Ziezo! What do you think?"
 
 

 
 
 
 

Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE

Full T&M news story with all the artwork archived on T&M HERE


>>> 02/03/2016 <<<


The following news story appeared on the T&M homapage:

   T&M EXCLUSIVE: FULL 'ZIEZO' TRACKLISTING   

Time & Matter website can today exclusively reveal the full track listing for the band's eagerly anticipated new - and final - studio album 'Ziezo'.

The tracks on 'Side A' had previously been revealed via the band's highly successful Pledge Music campaign, on their Pledge Update on 3 February 2016 when a mock-up of the vinyl version of the LP was posted at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/uk-subs-ziezo/updates/65435 revealing the track titles on the first side - see image right... click to enlarge.

Here is the full track listing...

Side One:
 

1)      Polarisation
2)      Oligarchy
3)      I’ve Got a Gun
4)      Evil Vs Evil
5)      Proto Feminist
6)      Disclosure
7)      Rise
8)      World war III


Side Two:

1)      Dope Fiend
2)      I Don’t Care
3)      Master Race
4)      Banksy
5)      This Machine
6)      City of the Dead
7)      Maid of Orleans
8)      Zeitgeis
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T&M's comprehensive round up of all the news stories can be read/viewed HERE

Below: Check out a live version of one of the new album tracks; 'I've Got A Gun', recorded on the recent European Tour, at Petit Bain in Paris on 17 February 2016 by http://gconcertcesoir.com

 


>>> 02/03/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Campaign coming to an end!

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Our campaign is coming to an end!
Hi all,
The Ziezo Pledge campaign is coming to an end and we have set a date for its closure. The deadline is now set at midnight on April 3rd, after which point we will start to fulfil each and every one of your pledges. As you can imagine this fulfilment process will inevitably take some time as we have to sign thousands of items but we aim to have all of your items to you by the end of April. Most, if not all of you, will receive your items before the end of April but this gives us some leeway in case we encounter any unforeseen problems.
So to summarise, the items listed will only be available until April 3rd and after that you will start to receive your stuff.
Thanks again for your incredible input and support. We’re almost there!"

 

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>>> 21/02/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Back to civilisation!

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Back to civilisation!
We’re back in Blighty following an incredible European tour. Massive thanks go out to all who came out to see us over the last 5 weeks and especially to those who travelled all the way from the UK. We’re sat on the ferry just pulling into Newhaven right now and there was just enough time to grab a quick selfie with a sleeping Charlie Harper before disembarking.
Now we have a lot of work to do to get all of your pledges fulfilled and shipped out. This is where the hard work begins for us and it’s a mammoth task but we’ll keep you updated as usual.
Once again we’d like to thank you all for your incredible support over the last few months. We are on the home straight!"

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>>> 16/02/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: 7" vinyl: if you missed out!

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"7" vinyl: if you missed out!
Our seven inch record sold fantastically well, so much so that we sold out what we had pre ordered from the plant.
Luckily we have been able to secure just 100 more and that’s it. These last 100 will be limited to two per order. If orders are more than two they will not be fulfilled so be warned!
Also if you want one of the tri colour lps they are going fast. Again limited to two per order.
We are nearing the end of our campaign and we will then start to manufacturer the various parts. We hope to have all the pledged items with you by the end of April. Further information to follow! Cheers!
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>>> 13/02/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: 150 copies left!

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"150 copies left!
Hi all, due to time constraints on vinyl pressing we have now limited the tri coloured vinyl to 150 copies. Once these have gone Ziezo will be available on black vinyl only. We expect these to sell out quickly so if you want one then get over to www.pledgemusic.com/uksubs now. Don’t miss out!
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>>> 09/02/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Badges!

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Badges!
Here’s a picture of some of the badges that come in the 26 badge set. These are the smallest ones but they will come in various sizes!"

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>>> 06/02/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Switzerland!

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Switzerland!
We’re half way through the tour, now on the way to Luzern. We just crossed the Swiss border and are being treated to some breathtaking views of the mountains. Touring is hell!"

Pictures as posted are reproduced below:
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>>> 05/02/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: UK Subs live in Wroclaw

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"UK Subs live in Wroclaw
If you’re stuck in on a Friday night and don’t know what to do with yourself give this a blast! We turned up, we plugged in and played with no sound check so take it as you see it.
 
We’re up in half an hour playing to a sold out show in Munich. Enjoy!"
 
Available to view on T&M below as well:

 

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>>> 03/02/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Track Titles Revealed

The band's Pledge update today included a mock up of Side A of the Tri-Colour vinyl LP they will be releasing, and also reveals 8 of the song titles on the forthcoming LP:

1. Polarisation
2. Oligarchy
3. I've Got A Gun
4. Evil VS Evil
5. Proto Feminist
6. Disclosure
7. Rise
8. World War III
See image below...

>>> 03/02/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Coloured Vinyl LP last chance to order

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Coloured wax vinyl LP: Going...going...
…. Not quite gone!
Folks, if you want to get your hands on a copy of Ziezo on a tri coloured wax vinyl the time to do it is now. We have made this so everybody can get one but we are now at the point where we need to start finalising the number of vinyls we get pressed, meaning that after this week there will be a limit on the tri coloured wax vinyl. After that, once they’re gone, Ziezo will only be available on black vinyl for the foreseeable future.
Similarly, we’ve also had to finalise the number of the ‘For Pledgers Only’ vinyl because of the constraints associated with pressing 7" vinyl so this is now limited. Again, once these are gone, they’re gone. There will be no rerelease of this.
Here’s a very very basic mock up of what the LP will look like, although you’ll have to use your imagination a little bit!"
 
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>>> 30/01/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Photos from Berlin!

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Photos from Berlin!
SO36 in Berlin was amazing last night! Photos by Aurelien Jouanen"
 
Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE
The 3 photos are also 'archived' here:
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>>> 29/01/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Charlie & Alvin live in 20 minutes!

The band have posted a new update at 5:55pm via their Pledge page:

"Charlie and Alvin live in 20 minutes!
Charlie and Alvin are going live on Berlin’s Radio 1 from 6pm GMT.
Tune in at https://www.radioeins.de"
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>>> 29/01/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Alvin's Book - reminder...

Tab_widthThe band have posted a new update at 10:00am via their Pledge page:

"Alvin's book!

Some of you may know that the formidable UK Subs and former Iggy Pop bassmeister Alvin Gibbs is writing a minibook about the making of the last ever UK Subs album ‘Ziezo’. This historical document will provide a detailed account of the entire process from beginning to end, talking you through the highs and lows of getting over the final hurdle in a mammoth forty year mission for the UK Subs: to sequentially release an album for every letter of the alphabet.
Alvin is an accomplished author known for his works which include ‘Neighbourhood Threat: On Tour With Iggy Pop’ and ‘Destroy: The Definitive History of Punk’. His latest offering promises not to disappoint.
‘Ziezo: an eyewitness account of the making of the final album by the punk collective known as the UK Subs’ is available for pre-order now on Pledge Music and is limited to just 300 copies.
This is the front cover!" (see right)
 
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>>> 29/01/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Name Pledge Closing...

The band have posted a new update at 10:00am via their Pledge page:

"Name pledge closing.
Hi all, if you want to get your name on the insert of the last ever UK Subs album there is one hour left!"
 
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>>> 27/01/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Last Chance To Get Your Name On New Album!

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Last chance!
Just a friendly reminder that there is only 48 hours left for you to get your name in the credits on our last ever album. As we need to press on with the artwork we are bringing this incentive to a close.
Once again thanks to everyone who has pledged, the response has been outstanding. Also big thanks go out to all who wrote in to amend their entries to fit the correct format of first name, last name and location. If you’ve pledged but still need to amend your entry the time to do this is now please.
Our deadline to supply our artist with the list of names is Friday so it is vital that we get this right so as not to disappoint anyone.
48 hours and counting!"

 
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>>> 26/01/2016 <<<


   Pledge Update: Bomb Evacuation!  

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Back in the van everyone....QUICKLY!!!
Well check in at the hotel in Cologne, Germany wasn’t possible a few minutes ago. Apparently an unexplored WW2 bomb has been discovered in the area and the whole place needs to be evacuated! So we’re loading up the van again and getting our arses over to the venue. Warhead will have an extra special meaning tonight!"

 

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>>> 26/01/2016 <<<


   Pledge Update: Only 9 Disposable Cameras Left  

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Charlie's got a bug...
…the photography bug! For those who have pledged for our disposable cameras you’ll be glad to know that Charlie is getting properly stuck in and taking loads of photos. The cameras are almost full now, some with pictures from the studio, some with pictures from the tour, some with both. It’s pot luck as to which you’ll get because we don’t even know ourselves! We literally have no idea what’s on each camera because we’ve been carrying them around in a bag with us for weeks. If you want one there’s still 9 left." 
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>>> 24/01/2016 <<<


   Pledge Update: Have A Song!  

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Have a song!

Exclusive to pledgers, we’re giving you access to check out one of our brand new songs! ’I’ve got a gun’ is another Gibbs penned classic about a redneck threatening to go on a rampage. Here are the lyrics:
 
Got myself an armoury, every type of weaponry, M16s and 45s, enough to take a thousand lives: gifts from god, state approved, mess with me and you’ll be removed
(Chorus) I’ve got a gun, I’ve got a gun, I’ve got a gun!
Gun fire makes me warm inside, patriotic, misty eyed, murdering animals just for fun, perhaps a human before I’m done: bullets that penetrate, exit wounds the size of a plate
(Chorus)
Dream of killing a president, an avenging angel heaven sent, and if I do don’t be surprised, you should have seen it in my eyes: gifts from god, state approved, mess with me you’ll be removed, bullets that penetrate, exit wounds the size of a plate"
 
Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE

 

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Full news story as reported on T&M HERE


>>> 23/01/2016 <<<


   Pledge Update: The Euro Tour Heats Up!  

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"The euro tour heats up!

Last night the Fabrik in Hamburg was on fire! We got to try out our brand new Ziezo backdrop too although getting it in the van was a bit of an issue! Right now we’re sat in the hotel reception about to leave for Bremen. More tour updates soon"

Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE
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>>> 22/01/2016 <<<


   Pledge Update: Important Message re Name on LP Pledgers  

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"VERY VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO ALL LP NAME PLEDGERS
Firstly thanks so much for all your support so far, it’s been amazing. We have over 700 names to go on our LP now! As you would expect though, this brings its own complications in terms of art and space.
We asked you all to put forward your name and location in a specific format: first name, last name and location eg., Jamie Oliver, Nuneaton. If your pledge does not meet this criteria then it cannot go on the LP.
Some of you have submitted multiple names, added funny nicknames, messages etc. Remember it is one name per pledge and one location only (town/city or country – not both) If you’ve submitted multiple names but have pledged for them separately then don’t worry, your pledges will be honoured – this goes out to those who have pledged once but submitted two or even three names. If you have a nickname it needs to be a substitute for either your first or last name. Otherwise we just will not have the space to get everyone on.
Please check what you have asked for and make sure it’s like the above otherwise we cannot guarantee it will go on the LP/CD. To amend your entry simply go to www.pledgemusic.com/pledges and contact customer services by clicking the ‘Contact us about your pledge’ button. As we are getting close to finishing the art you need to do this now please.
If you haven’t put your name forward and want to there is seven days left before we close off this particular aspect of Pledge.
So please check your pledges now to avoid missing out. 
Thanks a lot, we’re getting there!"

 

Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE

>>> 22/01/2016 <<<


   Pledge Update: Fingers in ears!  

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Fingers in ears!
Jamie’s new super loud Stagg Furia cymbals arrived at our gig in Brussels yesterday but he seems to be the only one who’s happy about it! What a night though! Now we’re headed to Hamburg where we’re picking up the new Ziezo backdrop. Pictures to follow…."
 
Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE
 
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>>> 20/01/2016 <<<


   Pledge Update: Band Set Sail For European Tour  

Tab_widthThe band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Bon voyage mon Blighty!

Right then, we’re officially on tour! We kick off the tour in France tonight in Rouen and then we’ll be away for 4 weeks. We’ll be posting updates from the road though but here we are out on deck where it’s bloody freezing!! Blighty, see you next month!"
 
Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE

>>> 18/01/2016 <<<


   Pledge Update: Official Album Launch Party  

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"Official Ziezo album launch party!!!
Hey guys! Here’s the poster for our official album launch party! It’s our first official launch (that we can remember) so we’re all extremely excited and we hope you will be too.
And in celebration of becoming the first band ever to release an album for every letter of the alphabet sequentially, we will perform 2-3 sets containing songs from our vast back catalogue as well as some from Ziezo and of course the classics. We can’t reveal too much at this point but expect a night full of surprises and top quality entertainment hosted by yours truly. Oh and by the way, everyone who attends will receive two big 1977 style commemorative badges!
So put the date in your diary folks: Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May @ Queens Hall, Nuneaton (10 mins walk from Nuneaton station) Tickets are available exclusively via PledgeMusic in the store section.
We’re working to make this a truly special occasion so please give this a share to help spread the word and tell us in the comments which songs you’d like to see thrown into the mix!
Cheers!"
 
Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE

>>> 18/01/2016 <<<


   Final Mixing Of The Album Underway   
 
Jet has posted the below photo on Facebook with the following commentary: 
"Back in the studio for the final mixing. I have to say I really like this album "Ziezo". I hope people will like it too."
...click the image to enlarge...

>>> 15/01/2016 <<<


   Pledge Update: Studio Footage  

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Studio footage
Here’s a bit of a glimpse into our studio session recording Ziezo. Again, massive thanks to all who joined us in the studio, it was a blast!"
 
Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE

>>> 14/01/2016 <<<


The following updated news story appeared on the T&M homepage

   U.K. Subs Final Album Via Pledge Music  

The U.K. Subs’ final album ‘Ziezo’ is being made through PledgeMusic and was officially launched on Sunday 1 November 2015 here:
 
The band’s last album in their alphabetical quest to name each SUBsequent album from A-Z, has a fulfilment date of 20 May 2016, so there is plenty of time to get involved in the making of this truly remarkable piece of musical history.
 
The third selection of ‘Exclusive Pledges’ was announced on 14 January 2016, including the chance to have Charlie Harper and Jamie Oliver perform an acoustic show live in your living room! Also on offer is the chance to go to the album launch party in Nuneaton, t-shirts, badges and more!
 
Elsewhere in the 'store', there really should be something for everyone, including getting your name on the album credits, vinyl and CD copies (all signed), Subs Pledge exclusive enamel badges, hoodies and t-shirts all tied in with this exciting new album…
 
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW IS ON THE DEDICATED PLEDGEMUSIC WEBSITE HERE: http://www.pledgemusic.com/uksubs

 

 

PLEDGE UPDATES:

Check them all out at: http://www.pledgemusic.com/uksubs

 

T&M Exclusive - Pledgers In The Studio Report - No.2

Following on from Paul Maile's recent article, Joe Hastings kindly agreed to write the second 'Pledgers In The Studio' report/article for the Time & Matter website after his 'Pledge' visit to the studio on 14 December 2015, to be involved in the making of the U.K. Subs' final album 'Ziezo'.
 
Read Joe's exclusive to T&M article, along with 28 'in-studio' photos...
CLICK HERE TO READ
 

T&M Exclusive - Pledgers In The Studio Report - No.1

Paul Maile kindly agreed to write the first 'Pledgers In The Studio' report/article for the Time & Matter website after his 'Pledge' visit to the studio on 8 December 2015, to be involved in the making of the U.K. Subs' final album 'Ziezo'.

Read Paul's exclusive to T&M article, along with 14 'in-studio' photos...
 

Time & Matter's dedicated 'Z' album news page archives all news HERE


>>> 14/01/2016 <<<


Pledge Update: Third wave of incentives launched

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"3rd wave of incentives launched!!
The 3rd wave of pledge incentives is now live!
We’ve added FIVE new incentives to the menu and we’re really excited to see what you all think! Check out the store for the full description for each item. We’re planning some really special things including a couple of ‘first evers’ so let us know your thoughts in the comments below!"
 
Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE

View the update below:
 
THIRD WAVE INCENTIVES IN MORE DETAIL LISTED BELOW
 
1. Album Launch Gig + AccessPass

Bank Holiday Monday May 2nd @ Queen’s Hall in Nuneaton.
 
As a band we rarely do these type of gigs for various reasons. This time we are going to make time and make it special, with the first ever official album launch party in the history of the U.K. Subs!
The venue is the Queens Hall in Nuneaton, the date is Monday 2nd May and the entertainment will start at 8pm sharp! We don’t want to give too much away but rest assured we will be playing 2-3 sets of super early material right through to the present day including rarely played songs. We will also be showing live footage on a big screen and a DJ will spin tunes, some of which will be from the band favourites .
On top of this we will give every person that comes in and has paid two commemorative old-school badges.
The price of this gig is 20 pounds. We hope to see you there for this unique event. Cheers!
PledgeMusic note: Your order confirmation email and order number will count as your e-ticket and there will be NO physical tickets sent out. 
 
Please bring a print out of the email or have it ready to show on your smartphone.
£20
 
2. UK Subs Fanatic T-Shirt + AccessPass
 
Going back to the old fan club days, here’s an updated version of the old UK Subs ‘Fanatic’ t-shirt. Front and back 2 colour print containing images from the beginning right up to the present day. £20 + P&P.
 
3. UK Subs Badge Pack + AccessPass
 
A celebration of the 26th and final UK Subs album, here is a set of 26 badges of assorted sizes. One for each and every release.
£24-50
 
4. Charlie Harper and Jamie Oliver Live In Your Living Room!! + AccessPass
 
It’s taken us a while to work this out and we hope we can play a few acoustic shows with our friends. The format will be a minimum 35 minute set for up to a maximum of 10 people. It will have to be at non music venues also both Charlie and Jamie will sing and play guitars in tandem and solo. We will arrange transport and hotels along with a schedule for the shows. All you have to do is pledge! depending on the number of gigs we will arrange a mini tour at a time which suits all parties. As a rough guide we are looking at end of March or May. Please be aware that if we can’t make it work for whatever the reason we will obviously refund the people who have pledged. We reserve the right to cancel. You are welcome to photo and film on small devices, but no streaming etc please. We also may use some footage for the PledgeMusic website so please be aware of that. 
What we do ask from you is on top of the fee if you can supply us with some beers and soft drinks. A couple of chairs suitable to be used to play guitar and sing will be needed. This is a unique opportunity to have a personal performance of acoustic punk in your living room! We thought long and hard about the price, but with the costs (hotel, PledgeMusic fee, fuel, wages) its probably the same as a touring band so we hope you are happy with what will be an interesting experience for all!
£750
 
5. UK Subs Backdrops + AccessPass
 
Only 2 in existence. These banners have travelled the world with us, hanging at the back of the stage. They’re roughly 9′×2′ and will come fully signed by the band.
£100 each + P&P

>>> 28/12/2015 <<<


   Photos from the studio  

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Photos from the studio
Here are a few shots from the studio session! Again, we’d like to thank all of our studio guests for being such great sports and helping us with various bits during the recording. It was a lot of fun :)"
 
Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE

 


>>> 24/12/2015 <<<


   Happy Holidays from the U.K. Subs   

 

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Happy holidays!!
WARNING: Explicit content. Not for parents!!!
Happy holidays everyone, here’s to another year of good times on the road and sharing beers with the best fans in the world. We’d like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you for your incredible support over the years and this year in particular. Here’s a little song for you. So stay safe, have a great time and we’ll see you all soon!!!"
 
This update was also published elsewhere, including this website, the actual Pledge page containing the video below can be viewed HERE
 

>>> 23/12/2015 <<<


   Exclusive Pledgers In The Studio Report - No.2   

Following on from Paul Maile's recent article, Joe Hastings kindly agreed to write the second 'Pledgers In The Studio' report/article for the Time & Matter website after his 'Pledge' visit to the studio on 14 December 2015, to be involved in the making of the U.K. Subs' final album 'Ziezo'.
 
Read Joe's exclusive to T&M article, along with 28 'in-studio' photos...
CLICK HERE TO READ

>>> 20/12/2015 <<<


   Exclusive Pledgers In The Studio Report - No.1   

 
Paul Maile kindly agreed to write the first 'Pledgers In The Studio' report/article for the Time & Matter website after his 'Pledge' visit to the studio on 8 December 2015, to be involved in the making of the U.K. Subs' final album 'Ziezo'.

Read Paul's exclusive to T&M article, along with 14 'in-studio' photos...
CLICK HERE TO READ

>>> 18/12/2015 <<<


   A Message from Producer, Pat Collier   

 

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Studio day 10: A message from the producer, Pat Collier.
Morning all! Yesterday we finished the recording part of Ziezo at Perry Vale Studios in London and we’re all super excited about it! There’s still a long long way to go yet, we still need to mix and master the album and put it into production and get it all shipped out of course, but we’re over a major hurdle in our 26 album mission. Huge thanks go out to all who pledged to join us in the studio, we had a ball with you guys and getting you up to do backing vocals, tambourines and various other things was an amazing experience for us. So here’s a little message from our producer and original member of the Vibrators Pat Collier. Cheers!"
 
Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE


>>> 16/12/2015 <<<


   Ever wondered why they call him Charlie 'Harper'?   

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Ever wondered why they call him Charlie 'Harper'? Here's why...
Studio day 9 and we’re almost done! Here’s a bit of Charlie putting the finishing touches to one of the songs on Ziezo. As revealed in a previous update, Rod Stewart taught him well!"
 
Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE


>>> 15/12/2015 <<<


   Pledge Update: Drum Cam Video From London   

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"Drum cam video from London
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like being the Subs’ sticksman, here’s a bit of a taste. Jamie wore a GoPro on his chest for the gig at Islington O2 Academy at the weekend. Look out! It’s the New York State Police!"
Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE

 

   Jet's Day 8 Facebook Update  

U.K. Subs guitarist Jet posted the photo to the right on his Facebook page along with the following information - click the image to enlarge.

"Studio day 8: More guitars today. Recorded quite a few solos and melody parts. Here are the guitars I have used for the "Ziezo" recording!"
 
 
 
 
 
 

>>> 14/12/2015 <<<


   Jet's Facebook Update  

U.K. Subs guitarist Jet posted the photo to the right on his Facebook page along with the following information - click the image to enlarge.

"Time for the studio again. Day 7, started recording guitar overdubs. This is a magic pick I've been using just for a particular part. It's a metal pick. Thanks to Beef from The Last Resort for the tip!"
 
   Pledge Update: Charlie Goes Back To His Roots!   

 

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:
 
"Charlie goes back to his roots
Get it…. Roots?! Aaah. Anyway, here’s a little backstage clip of Charlie and alvin discussing the new album. We’re back in the studio today so expect more updates!"
Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE

>>> 11/12/2015 <<<


   Question and answer #4   

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:
 
"Question and answer #4
We’re sending this update from Islington O2 Academy where we’re playing in about 45 minutes. This question is from Kevin Yeomans who asks:
 
“Dear Charlie, a few songs feature your trusty harmonica and really enhance the atmosphere, stamping your signature on a tune. are there plans for it to feature on “Z” ? Also are there any interesting stories relating to the harmonica over the years. I’ve even ran back to Yuko to get it for you, during at a gig in Lydney a few years back."
 
Thanks for the question Kevin, and as always, if anyone has any others, post your questions in the comments and we’ll answer any good ones we receive!"
 
Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE

>>> 08/12/2015 <<<


   Day 5 in the Studio - update   

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:
 
"Studio day 5
Day 5 done and it’s all going swimmingly! As you all know we’ve been graced by the presence of our lovely guests who have kindly been joining us in doing some backing vocals. Here’s a little clip of Neil and Paul getting stuck in on the action!"

 


Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE
 
 

>>> 05/12/2015 <<<


   Alvin discusses his forthcoming 'Ziezo' mini book   

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:
 
"Alvin Gibbs talks about the 'making of Ziezo' mini book
Some of you may already own a copy of Alvin Gibbs’ book detailing his time as Iggy Pop’s bass player, Neighbourhood Threat; or have followed his literary memoirs series on the uksubstimeandmatter website. As an exclusive creation for PledgeMusic the UK Subs’ bassist will be providing an entertaining mini-book detailing the making of the Ziezo album.
 
Supported by applicable photographs, lyric and chord sheets, it will offer the reader a unique diary-form insight into the day-to-day creative process in the studio, the mechanics of how each song was musically and lyrically developed, the difficulties of recording while simultaneously touring the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, and some choice anecdotes from his thirty-six year tenure with the band.
 
Every book will be numbered and hand-signed by each member of the UK Subs. Here then is your chance to acquire a historical literary and pictorial document of the making the final Subs’ album which will not be available for procurement via any other customary outlets."

Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE

 


>>> 04/12/2015 <<<


The following updated 'header' news story appeared on the T&M homepage:

   U.K. Subs Final Album Via Pledge Music  

The U.K. Subs’ final album ‘Ziezo’ is being made through PledgeMusic and was officially launched on Sunday 1 November 2015 here:
 
The band’s last album in their alphabetical quest to name each SUBsequent album from A-Z, has a fulfilment date of 22 April 2016, so there is plenty of time to get involved in the making of this truly remarkable piece of musical history.
 
The second selection of ‘Exclusive Pledges’ was announced on 4 December, including an Alvin Gibbs' 'Making Of Ziezo' Mini-Book, Charlie Harper's handwritten lyrics, an exclusive 7" called 'For Pledgers Only' as well as signed Drum Skins.
 
There really should be something for everyone, including getting your name on the album credits, vinyl and CD copies (all signed), Subs Pledge exclusive enamel badges, hoodies and t-shirts as well as the opportunity to spend time in the studio with the band during the making of this exciting new album…
 
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW IS ON THE DEDICATED PLEDGEMUSIC WEBSITE HERE: http://www.pledgemusic.com/uksubs
 
 

 

 

LATEST PLEDGE UPDATES:

Check them all out at: http://www.pledgemusic.com/uksubs

>>> 04/12/2015 <<<


   Second wave of incentives launched   

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:

"2nd wave of incentives launched!!
The second wave of incentives has just been added to the store featuring a very exciting selection of new products including a new 7" vinyl of unreleased tracks, a limited edition run of lyric sheets handwritten by Sir Charles of Harper himself, signed drum skins and even a ‘making of Ziezo’ minibook written by our very own Alvin Gibbs. Check out the store for more details!"

Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE
 
SECOND WAVE INCENTIVES IN MORE DETAIL LISTED BELOW
 
1. "For Pledgers Only" Autographed 7 Inch Of Unreleased Songs! + AccessPass
 
As our older fans will remember when our live LP ‘Crash Course’ came out, the first press came with four bonus tracks entitled for export only. To bring this concept right up to date we are offering a seven inch EP “for pledgers only!”
 
This will include 3/4 tracks never released before and will be exclusive to this format AND will not be made available to stores / distros etc etc. It will be housed in a die cut sleeve and will be signed by the band . This release will not be limited BUT will only be made available for sale via PledgeMusic. As you all know the cost of seven inches is soaring but we have tried to keep the price competitive at £7 + P&P .
 
As always thanks for helping us with our final and historic release.
 
2. Alvin Gibbs 'Making Of Ziezo' Mini-Book + AccessPass
 
Some of you may already own a copy of Alvin Gibbs’ book detailing his time as Iggy Pop’s bass player, Neighbourhood Threat; or have followed his literary memoirs series on the uksubstimeandmatter website. As an exclusive creation for PledgeMusic the UK Subs’ bassist will be providing an entertaining mini-book detailing the making of the Ziezo album.
 
Supported by applicable photographs, lyric and chord sheets, it will offer the reader a unique diary-form insight into the day-to-day creative process in the studio, the mechanics of how each song was musically and lyrically developed, the difficulties of recording while simultaneously touring the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, and some choice anecdotes from his thirty-six year tenure with the band.
 
Every book will be numbered and hand-signed by each member of the UK Subs. Here then is your chance to acquire a historical literary and pictorial document of the making the final Subs’ album which will not be available for procurement via any other customary outlets.
 
£9 + P&P.
 
3. Signed Drum Skin + AccessPass
 
A 14" Remo drum skin, played by Jamie and fully signed by the band. Limited to 20. £30 + P&P.
 
4. Handwritten Lyrics By Charlie + AccessPass
 
For the UK Subs connoisseur looking for an unusual display piece, Charlie Harper has provided a limited edition run of lyrics sheets exclusively for pledgers. Each piece is hand written and signed by the Subs singer on high quality parchment paper and is perfect for framing or simply as a rare item to add to your existing collection of UK Subs memorabilia.
 
Tracks available:
Warhead
Stranglehold
Tomorrow’s Girl
Rockers
Emotional Blackmail
 
£40 + P&P.

>>> 04/12/2015 <<<


   Exclusive hoody and t-shirt design revealed   

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:
 
"Exclusive hoody and tshirt design revealed
Ok guys, here are the designs for our exclusive ‘Ziezo’ hoodies and t-shirts. Exclusive to Pledge Music, these particular designs will not be on general sale after the ‘Ziezo’ campaign. Let us know what you think in the comments below!"

 

 

Again, the full update and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE

 


>>> 01/12/2015 <<<


   Question & Answer #3   

The band have posted a new video via their Pledge page:
 
"...Today was day 4 in the studio and we had another two wonderful pledgers in with us for the session, Andrew and Howard. Cheers for coming down guys! While we were working we decided to take a few minutes to answer another one of your questions, this time to Alvin from Simon Lochead who asks:
“Hello Alvin.question for you mate.when recording your bass parts,do you go in with a finished bassline or do you wing it a bit more on the lead style bass runs .on yellow leader it came across as the latter.which personally im all in favour of.i like what comes out of the “just go for it” school of fret mastery..also as you play the bass the proper way, round your knees.do you record like this or sitting in comfort.cheers si"..."

 

Again, the full video and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE


>>> 01/12/2015 <<<


   Pledge Live Stream Recap   

The band have posted a new update via their Pledge page:
"...Live stream recap
If you missed our recent live stream from the fleece in Bristol then don’t worry! We are making the entire stream available to all pledgers here. The video will stream from just before we go onstage but if you’d like to check out the night’s main support band ‘Dragster’ you can scroll back the video to the beginning to catch the end of their set. Huge thanks go out to Fuelled By Cider and The Fleece for working with us to make this possible. We hope to do it again soon.
Enjoy!
 
NOTE: We did have a couple of issues with the sound dropping out briefly but generally the whole thing was pretty good..."

 

Again, the full video and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE


>>> 29/11/2015 <<<


   Question & Answer #2   

The band have posted a new video via their Pledge page:
"...Mr. P Dickson asks: “You have been in the business a long time and played a lot of venues. Any particular favourites?”..."
 

Again, the full video and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE


>>> 24/11/2015 <<<


   Steve Jolland's Studio Photos on Facebook   

Steve Jolland's has posted the below photos on Facebook. Click the image to enlarge...
The full set of photos can be viewed on his Facebook photo album entitled "Recording the final studio album 'Ziezo'" HERE
 

 

 

>>> 21/11/2015 <<<


  Live stream updates on Pledge...  

"Live stream tonight at 8pm GMT
Don’t forget we are streaming live from the Fleece, Bristol tonight from 8pm! Check the updates section for the video feed in just under 2 hours!"
 
"UK Subs streaming LIVE from the Fleece, Bristol
And we are live! For the next couple of hours we’ll be streaming live from the Fleece in Bristol and guess what? We’ve made this available to everyone! If you’re in the area then get down to the gig and get yer mug in the video. Our stage time is 9pm so if you’re stuck at home with the kids or skyving at work or even if you’re having a house party with your friends or whatever tune in and be part of the action!"
 
Below: Screengrabs from the live stream - click to enlarge



 

>>> 20/11/2015 <<<


   Live stream scheduled for tomorrow night!   

The band have posted a new video via their Pledge page:

"Live stream scheduled for tomorrow night!

 

Hi all, tomorrow night (Saturday 21st November) we will be streaming live from the Fleece in Bristol. It’ll be a six camera feed brought to you by Fuelled By Cider, hosted on the updates section of the Pledge page. Join us at 8pm GMT from anywhere in the world or if you’re in Bristol, get down to the gig to get yer mug in the video! Here’s a few words from Charlie…."

The full video can be viewed without the usual Access Pass included with your Pledge.
Check it out HERE

>>> 19/11/2015 <<<


   Question & Answer #1   

The band have posted a new video via their Pledge page:
"..."Question and answer #1
Here’s the first in a series of question and answer videos we’ll be making. If you have a burning question for us, put it in the comments below and if it’s a good one we’ll give you a shout out and make a little video for you!
Graham Hall asks: “As this is the final album will you still tour?”..
."

Again, the full video and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE


>>> 18/11/2015 <<<


   Day Three: Studio Photo from Jet   
 
Jet has posted the below photo on Facebook with the following commentary: 
"Studio Day 3: @jamieoliverdrums currently recording the drums. 2 more songs to go then rhythm section all done!"
...click the image to enlarge...

>>> 17/11/2015 <<<


   Day Two: Studio Photo from Jet   
 
Jet has posted the below photo on Facebook with the following commentary:
"Studio Day 2! Recording drums and bass!"
...click the image to enlarge...
 

>>> 16/11/2015 <<<


   Impromptu acoustic session of 'Tomorrow's Girls'   

The band have posted a new video via their Pledge page: 
 
"Happy Monday everyone! To kick start your week here’s Charlie and Jamie doing an impromptu acoustic rendition of Tomorrow’s Girls in the dressing room. Video shot at Stamford Voodoo Lounge on Thurs..."
 
The full video can be viewed on the band's Pledge page using the Access Pass that is included with all Pledges.  
 

Check it all out at: http://www.pledgemusic.com/uksubs

   Recording of 'Ziezo' Starts   

The U.K. Subs have started recording their last ever album 'Ziezo' at Pat Collier's Perry Vale Studios in Forest Hill, where they also recorded their last 3 albums; 'Work In Progress', 'XXIV' and 'Yellow Leader'. Jet posted the below photo on Facebook - click to enlarge...

 


>>> 13/11/2015 <<<


   Question & Answer Videos   

The band have posted a new video via their Pledge page: "We’ll be making a series of question and answer videos in the coming weeks so if you’ve a burning question you’d like to ask the band, just post it in the comments section and if it’s a good ..."

Again, the full video and comments section can only be accessed using the Access Pass included with your Pledge. Check it out HERE!


>>> 11/11/2015 <<<


   New Subs Pledge Video Online   

Exclusive to the Pledge campaign, the band have recorded a short video explaining why they decided to go down the Pledge route for the final album in their A-Z odyssey.

You can view a cheeky taster below:

The full video can be viewed on the band's Pledge page using the Access Pass that is included with all Pledges.  http://www.pledgemusic.com/uksubs


>>> 01/11/2015 <<<


   U.K. Subs PledgeMusic Final Album Launched   

 

We have lift off folks! 
 
The U.K. Subs’ final album ‘Ziezo’ is being made through PledgeMusic and has today been launched here:
 
The band’s last album in their alphabetical quest to name each SUBsequent album from A-Z, has a fulfilment date of 22 April 2016, so there is plenty of time to get involved in the making of this truly remarkable piece of musical history.
 
The first selection of ‘Exclusive Pledges’ is now available, of which there were 15 with a price range of £6 to £350.
 
There really should be something for everyone, including getting your name on the album credits, vinyl and CD copies (all signed), Subs Pledge exclusive enamel badges, hoodies and t-shirts as well as the opportunity to spend time in the studio with the band during the making of this exciting new album…
 
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW IS ON THE DEDICATED PLEDGEMUSIC WEBSITE HERE: http://www.pledgemusic.com/uksubs
Over and out – Ziezo!
 
This website will bring you all the news regarding this fabulously exciting Pledge campaign and also make sure you also get the U.K. Subs FREE app...
 

 

EXTENDED NEWS COVERAGE:

Header to campaign...

Campaign introduction...

"Welcome to the UK Subs’ PledgeMusic page. This is the online space where people can become directly involved to the process of the making, manufacturing and release of the UK Subs’ twenty-sixth and concluding album: ‘Ziezo’. You will also simultaneously be assisting the UK Subs to become the first ever rock band to have achieved the release of twenty-six individual LPs whose primary title letters are in sequential alphabetical order – A through to Z.
 
Your initial personal contribution for accomplishment of this forty-year-long mission entails pledging to procure one or more of the phase one products that are now available. Further pledging options will then be offered as the campaign progresses.
 
The foremost pledging option will be the album itself in all its obtainable formats but we have also provided a menu of album-related creations that you can select either as single items, as add-on items with the album, or in larger bundles. The choice is yours.
 
As previously mentioned, additional products and ‘experiences’ are to be added to the menu in the future. These will include an exclusive limited edition vinyl seven-inch record of new material, and in the noteworthy latter category, a unique opportunity of witnessing the making of Ziezo first hand along with additional options that will give pledgees direct access to the band and its individual members in other settings.
 
By pledging you will be providing the essential resource by which the UK Subs will be able to record, manufacture and distribute directly to pledgees their last ever album release.
 
It’s going to be a historic venture; one that we hope you will join us in utilising the same cherished enthusiasm that has sustained and nourished the UK Subs over all these Punk Rock years.Run down of the first 15 PledgeMusic exclusives offered:"
 
Run down of first 15 PledgeMusic exclusive offers...
 
 
1. 'Ziezo' CD (Available Fully Signed) + AccessPass 
 
6/8 panel CD with all the info as on the LP. Available signed or unsigned. £10 plus P&P.
 
2. 'Ziezo' LP on Coloured Wax (Available Fully Signed) + AccessPass
 
Unlike previous releases, we want to make this available to EVERYONE who wants to own one. Each copy will be available either signed by the band or unsigned. Once the PledgeMusic campaign is finished, it will only be available on black wax. We want everyone to have this so you don’t have to pay daft prices on ebay etc. So if you want the final LP on coloured wax now is the time to buy it! £18 plus P&P.
 
3. Signed 'Ziezo' Coloured Test Pressing + AccessPass
 
This is for uber collectors only! We will have 40 copies on coloured wax (a different colour) signed and dedicated if wanted by the whole band. Again one copy per person please. £40 plus P&P.
 
4. Your Name On 'Ziezo' (CD and LP) + AccessPass
 
Be on our 26th and last ever LP/CD. We have made this as cheap as we can and would like lots of you on there! It will be on the insert on the LP and on the actual CD sleeve itself. Space will be a premium, so it will be your first and last names and the place you live (just to see where our fans are!).
For example John Smith, London or Karen Jones, Berlin etc etc. Sorry nothing else will be entertained as logistics would prove impossible! Price £6!!
 
5. 'Ziezo' CD (Available Fully Signed) + UK Subs Enamel Badge + AccessPass
 
6/8 panel CD with all the info as on the LP. Available signed or unsigned.
Exclusive to PledgeMusic. This badge will not be available anywhere else commercially. We will make as many as are sold during the duration of the PledgeMusic campaign. £15 plus P&P.
 
6. 'Ziezo' CD (Available Fully Signed) + Exclusive T-Shirt + AccessPass
 
6/8 panel CD with all the info as on the LP. Available signed or unsigned. This will be available in all sizes, Mens Small to XXL, Ladies Small to XL. £30 plus P&P.
 
7. 'Ziezo' CD (Available Fully Signed) + Exclusive Hoody + AccessPass
 
6/8 panel CD with all the info as on the LP. Available signed or unsigned. Exclusive hooded sweatshirt available in sizes Small to XXL. £50 plus P&P.
 
8. Time in the studio with the Subs! + AccessPass
 
Strictly limited to two people per day and one visit per person.
You will be able to watch the recording process and have a glass of beer/wine or a cuppa with the band. You’ll be met at a prearranged location nearby and escorted to the studio by Jamie himself. Please be aware that we will be recording the LP and you will be able to witness this historic album being made, but obviously you will have to be prepared to keep out of the way if/when needed! This is a unique chance to see us at work!
Days available are:
18/11 - 1/12 - 2/12 - 8/12 - 9/12 - 14/12 - 15/12 - 16/12
First come first served! You will be responsible for getting to the studio yourself.
 
9. UK Subs Enamel Badge + AccessPass
 
Exclusive to PledgeMusic. This badge will not be available anywhere else commercially. We will make as many as are sold during the duration of the PledgeMusic campaign. £5 plus P&P.
 
10. Exclusive T-Shirt + AccessPass
 
This will be available in all sizes, Mens Small to XXL, Ladies Small to XL. £20 plus P&P.
 
11. UK Subs Enamel Badge + Exclusive T-Shirt + AccessPass
 
This will be available in all sizes, Mens Small to XXL, Ladies Small to XL.Exclusive to PledgeMusic. This badge will not be available anywhere else commercially. We will make as many as are sold during the duration of the PledgeMusic campaign. £25 plus P&P.
 
12. Disposable Camera Used By The Band. + AccessPass
 
See the world through the eyes of the U.K. Subs! An undeveloped 27-shot disposable camera full of images captured by the band during the album recording session and surrounding tour dates. You’ll be the first to see these unique images…. though we can’t guarantee every shot will be a work of art. Limited to 50 only! £35 plus P&P.
 
13. Exclusive Hoody + AccessPass
 
Exclusive hooded sweatshirt available in sizes Small to XXL. £40 plus P&P.
 
14. UK Subs Enamel Badge + Exclusive Hoody + AccessPass
 
Exclusive hooded sweatshirt available in sizes Small to XXL. Exclusive to PledgeMusic. This badge will not be available anywhere else commercially. We will make as many as are sold during the duration of the PledgeMusic campaign. £45 plus P&P.
 
15. Charlie Harper's Guitar! + AccessPass
 
Only one available. Be the proud new owner of Charlie Harper’s own stratocaster guitar. Comes signed by the whole band along with high quality photo prints of Charlie playing it in the studio.
Delivery/collection TBC after purchase. £350.
 

>>> 24/10/2015 <<<


   U.K. Subs fans to play crucial part for their last album   

The Time & Matter website is thrilled to joint-announce that the U.K. Subs are about to embark on the recording of their very last album. 
 
For this 'Z' album, the band's loyal fanbase are to be given the opportunity to help fund and create this history making album via a 'Pledge Music' campaign, which, given the legendary closeness of the Subs to their fans, is, quite simply, the perfect choice to mirror this special bond between band and fan. 
 
The U.K. Subs have made the following statement regarding what will be an extremely exciting time for them as well as you, the fans.


   U.K. SUBS 'Z' ALBUM BAND STATEMENT   
 
The U.K. Subs will embark on the making of our 26th and final ‘official’ album next month. As some of you already know, each former LP, starting with Another Kind of Blues released in 1979, has a primary title letter taken from the alphabet in sequential order.
 
   This new record will fulfil and complete that tradition by utilising a title that will begin with the letter Z. It is, to our knowledge, the first time any band has succeeded in this, and in recognition of its significance we have decided that no other Subs album will be forthcoming after this concluding LP.

   We may yet record an occasional single or EP in the future, but the Z album will be the very last long playing record from the band. We have therefore determined to involve all of you directly in the process of the making, manufacturing and release of this decisive LP.

 
   During the past five years, the U.K. Subs have enjoyed a very fruitful relationship with Captain Oi! Records. It’s a partnership that has produced the critically regarded albums Work in Progress, XXIV and Yellow Leader, but for this ultimate record we are going to reach out to you all by utilising the direct-to-fan online platform: Pledge Music.
The official start date for our Pledge campaign will be 1st November 2015.
 
   All the necessary information regarding how each of you can assist in the development and accomplishment of the Z album will be provided then, and we assure you it will be the most open and accessible method of record making ever attempted by this band.
 
    It’s going to be an exciting and creatively rewarding project. We hope you will support us in this endeavour with the same cherished enthusiasm that has sustained and nourished the U.K. Subs over all these Punk Rock years.

 Charlie Harper, Alvin Gibbs, Jamie Oliver, Jet. 



 
In addition to the above joint-band-statement, here's the first teaser video posted to the U.K. Subs official Facebook page concerning 'Ziezo'...
 
 
This website will bring you all the news regarding this fabulously exciting Pledge campaign, but for all the up-to-date offers and news you need to bookmark the following website:
 
...make sure you also get the U.K. Subs FREE app...
 

Time & Matter's dedicated 'Z' album news page archives all news HERE


>>> 19/10/2015 <<<


***NEWSFLASH***NEWSFLASH***NEWSFLASH***NEWSFLASH***

   U.K. Subs major announcement due Saturday!    

The U.K. Subs will be making a major statement this forthcoming Saturday, 24 October 2015. 
 
Be sure not to miss this historic band message to their fans...
 

Check back via 
www.uksubstimeandmatter.net
www.facebook.com/UKSubs
twitter.com/UKSubs
uksubs.co.uk

as well as the band members' individual Facebook pages......
...and make sure you get the U.K. Subs FREE app 

  • U.K. Subs iPhone app:
 
  • U.K. Subs android app:
 
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