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For all the latest up-to-date U.K. Subs news please go to either the official U.K. Subs Facebook page or the Subs' Fan Club on Facebook.

Both of these were set up by T&M... 

OFFICIAL U.K. SUBS FACEBOOK PAGE:

 
U.K. SUBS FAN CLUB ON FACEBOOK:
 
 
 

   U.K. SUBS NEWSFEED 2018...     

 
 
28/12: SUPERB ALVIN GIBBS SINGLE REVIEW ON FEAR & LOATHING WEBSITE

The ever-brilliant Fear & Loathing website, run and written by Andy P has published a superb review of Alvin's debut single...

"...a taster for his upcoming album and if they’re anything to go by, it’s going to be great... Alvin's vocals are powerful and emotive. His musical pedigree will no doubt ensure that this limited edition sells quickly, but it certainly deserves to be heard on its’ own merits..."

Thanks to Andy P for the fab words...

http://www.fearandloathingfanzine.com/record-reviews-july-december-2018.html

 

22/12: ALVIN GIBBS LP PRE-ORDER NOW AVAILABLE

Time & Matter Records are absolutely delighted to announce that their next release, catalogue number T&M 032 -
ALVIN GIBBS & THE DISOBEDIENT SERVANTS' LP, entitled 'YOUR DISOBEDIENT SERVANT' is now available to pre-order via their T&M Big Cartel webshop.

This really is a stunning debut solo album from the ever-popular U.K. Subs bassist.

T&M are hoping to have the LPs available to post by the end of January or early February, for which we are also delighted to here also reveal the track listing for THE essential album of 2019.

Showcasing Alvin's strong and distinctive lead vocals, alongside his glorious guitar and bass playing throughout, as well as his intelligent, thought-provoking lyrical skill, the guest musicians gracing this album make an impressive list of luminaries from the punk and alternative rock scene from the past 40 years; feast your eyes (and ears) over these disobedient servants:

Brian James
(The Damned / Lords Of The New Church)
Leigh Heggarty
(Ruts DC)
Mick Rossi
(Slaughter & The Dogs)
Timo Kaltio
(Hanoi Rocks / Cheap 'N' Nasty)
Mel Wesson
(Ambient music designer / The Verve 'Bittersweet Symphony' / U.K. Subs 'Diminished Responsibility' LP / Films Mission Impossible 2, Batman Begins, Hannibal etc)
Steve Crittall
(The Godfathers)
James Stevenson
(Generation X / Chelsea / The Cult / The Alarm)
Barrington Francis
(The Saints)
Jamie Oliver
(U.K. Subs)

Side 1
 
1. Arterial Pressure
2. Ghost Train
3. Dumb
4. Camden Town Gigolo
5. Clumsy Fingers
6. Heaven And The Angels
 
Side 2
 
1. Back To Mayhem
2. Polemic
3. No!
4. Desperate Dave Is Dead
5. I’m Not Crying Now
6. Deep As Our Skin
 

The 12-track LP will be a limited edition of 300 hand numbered copies, and each copy includes a CD of the album plus a download code. There is also a full colour double sided lyric insert and it will be issued on red and white splatter vinyl.

Previews of some of the tracks will also be available soon on the Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants' bandcamp page at: https://alvingibbsthedisobedientservants.bandcamp.com/releases

ALVIN GIBBS LP PRE-ORDER LINK HERE:

http://timematterrecordings.bigcartel.com/

 

21/12: ALVIN GIBBS LP UPDATE & ARTWORK REVEALED

Time & Matter Records HQ have recently received the Test Pressings for Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants' LP 'Your Disobedient Servant' and they sound utterly amazing...

T&M are hoping to have the LPs available to post by the end of January or early February 2019...
The LP pre-order link will be available tomorrow but for starters here is the LP artwork...

Front cover:

Back cover:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Click the above images to enlarge
 

20/12: ALVIN GIBBS & THE DISOBEDIENT SERVANTS
CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION 2019

Time & Matter Records are delighted to announce that Alvin has been confirmed for next year's Rebellion Festival in Blackpool in August. Plans are afoot for further dates, with various guest appearances from his 'Disobedient Servants' being put in place to promote his stunning debut LP.

13/12: 'SCREAMING SENILE' E.P. MAILING LIST UPDATE

ALL COPIES TO BE SENT OUT UNSIGNED

The latest update on the U.K. Subs E.P. 'Screaming Senile' has been sent out via the official mailing list from Jamie and reads as follows:

Screaming Senile update.

Hi folks, Jamie here again. Well, the Screaming Senile vinyl has finally arrived, FINALLY!!!! This time around it's actually been a very frustrating process and we've been let down a number of times with regards to deadlines and stuff, even the effing delivery was late!
The records were supposed to be delivered on Friday ready for us to sign on Saturday ahead of our gig in Derby, and then sent to our shipper ready to be then sent to you. However, they didn't show up until yesterday (Tuesday) so unfortunately our tour has now finished, Alvin is back in France, Charlie is back in Brighton, Steve up North in Sunderland and I'm in the Midlands, meaning it's going to be nigh on impossible for us to get together to sign them before shipping, unless we wait another month which we don't want to do. We want to get them out to you now (NOW DAMMIT!) so you have them in time for Christmas.
So yes, I'm afraid all copies will have to come unsigned, but we just want to let you know that you can come to any of our gigs at any time and we will be more than happy to sign the records for you, each and every one of them. We're truly sorry if this has let any of you down, I know we said we'd sign them like we did the last two campaigns, but it's either that or have you wait another month before you get your items.
So to give you a rough shipping schedule, I'm sending the records to our shipper tomorrow, he's on tour until Monday, and then shipping should start on Tuesday/Wednesday next week. All items will be sent out on a 48hr tracked delivery service so your items should definitely all be with you in time for Christmas!!
Apologies once again for the delays. If anybody has any questions by the way, feel free to respond to any of these emails and I'll get back to you right away!
Oh, and before I forget, the vinyls look lush!!!!
See you soon, Jamie
 

10/12: STEVE ROBERTS RELEASES BOOK OF MEMOIRS

Ex-U.K. Subs drummer Steve Roberts, who now goes by the name of Stevie ZeSuicide, has released a book of his memoirs entitled 'Rock & Roll Chronicles', it was published on paperback on 3 December 2018. Edited by Mike Harris and running to 162 pages, the promotional information reads as follows:

"Not just another rock & roll autobiography - during time off away from gigs Stevie worked in a music video studio where he met, and conversed, with many top-line celebrities. This book is a mix of events in the life of a rock musician mixed with his time as a 'backroom boy' on set with many not-to-be-missed anecdotes. Stevie played as a member of UK Subs, making several Top of the Pops appearances. He also performed with The Damned and The Exploited - in the studio and on the road. He was used by Simon Cowell as a session drummer for Sinitta on TV appearances. Working behind the scenes on many music video productions Stevie gathered a wealth of first-hand stories from the many world famous celebrities he met and looked after... Sir Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Diana Ross, Freddie Mercury and Monserrat Cabalié, AC/DC, KISS and more..."
 
 
The book is published via Stevie ZeSuicide's management company TaM* Entertainment and you can view a short promotional video HERE.
 
 
 
TaM Entertainment website:
http://www.tamentertainment.co.uk/
Stevie ZeSuicide website:
http://www.steviezesuicide.com/
 
*Not to be confused with T&M - Time & Matter has no connection to TaM Entertainment!
 

10/12: FABULOUS ALVIN GIBBS INTERVIEW ON DEVOLUTION WEBSITE

Ahead of Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants' stunning debut album being released on Time & Matter Records in the new year, Alvin has given a fascinating and fabulous interview to Devolution Magazine's Mark Bestford, in which he talks about the process of making his debut solo recordings and much more...
The interview is now published online, the link being below
...

Devolution Interview: Alvin Gibbs
“I actually surprise myself when I look back and think my god, how did I get away with that”
 
"...all the feedback on the single so far has been very good, because it’s been played on radio and podcasts and things like that and everyone who’s heard it has come back and said it sounds great. It’s exciting, it’s nice to have something at this late stage in my career to have something new to quicken me and excite me. Not that I don’t get that from the Subs, I love the Subs, I love playing with the Subs. We’ve just done an EP which will be released in November. I love doing all that, but it’s kind of fun when you’re in control and it’s your own thing, and you can make the decisions really. There’s something liberating about that too...”
 

Alvin photos by Mark Bestford - click images to enlarge

Read Devolution Magazine Website's review of Alvin's single here:
https://devolutionmagazine.co.uk/2018/08/31/review-alvin-gibbs-disobedient-servants-ghost-train/
 
 
There is now a Time & Matter Records Bandcamp page for Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants from which you can have a listen to the two single tracks as a taster for the forthcoming album 'Your Disobedient Servant'.
 
ALVIN GIBBS & THE DISOBEDIENT SERVANTS BANDCAMP PAGE:

 
Alvin's 'Ghost Train' / 'Clumsy Fingers' debut 7" single is now sold out and has been fully shipped. 
 
09/12: SUPERB ALVIN GIBBS SINGLE REVIEW ON RPM WEBSITE

The RPM website, run and written by Dom Daley has published a superb review of Alvin's debut single...

'Ghost Train' "...sounds like the finest bit of punk rock n roll Iggy never wrote..."


'Clumsy Fingers' "...is spectacular and has Alvin’s motoring bass line that really attacks your core. Now if Guns n Rose were to announce a new single and they played this on the radio there would be a collective wetting of gentlemen’s undercrackers and the magazines would be clamoring over themselves to tell you how good it is so with a bonkers solo from the one and only Brian James to boot..."

Thanks to Dom Daley for the fab words... 
http://rpmonline.co.uk/2018/12/09/45-rpm-round-up-2/

Read the full review on the link, and please check out the rest of this wonderful new website... (there's also a great Alvin interview to read HERE)

03/12: 'SCREAMIMG SENILE' E.P. MAILING LIST UPDATE

The latest update on the U.K. Subs E.P. 'Screaming Senile' has been sent out via the official mailing list from Jamie and reads as follows:
 
"Finally!!!!
 
Hi folks,
 
I've just received an email informing us that the Screaming Senile records are being shipped out to us tomorrow! Hoorayyyy!!! Once they arrive (should be before the weekend), we will get them signed and sent to our shipper to get out to you ASAP along with all of your other items. We cannot apologise enough for the delays but we're getting there!
 
The delays have been a general supply and demand problem with vinyl pressing plants across the board. To give you a little bit of history, in the 1980's the vinyl market was basically killed off with the introduction of the CD, forcing many vinyl pressing plants to close. In the East, however, it took some time to catch up and the CD didn't take its grip on the market for quite a number of years, meaning that a lot of the old Eastern Block pressing plants were still in tact and able to function. Fast forward to today where the vinyl market is bigger than ever before and it's easy to see why pressing plants aren't able to keep up - there just aren't that many people making vinyl anymore, and with things like record store day, people are just buying records in their hoards. So, with demand so high and supply limited to the capacity of the plants, there is a huge backlog and the vinyl pressing market is unfortunately riddled with delays.
 
Anyway that's enough yapping. We're so glad to finally be able to give you some good news!!!
 
Standby for further updates.
 
Jamie"

28/11: CHARLIE HARPER GUITAR SALE

10% OF EACH SALE TO BE DONATED TO RNLI

 
Below are the details of each guitar for sale. If you are interested in purchasing any of Charlie's guitars, please contact this website via e-mail only at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hi-res images of the pictures below are available on request.
There are many more photos of these guitars available to be viewed here:
http://www.uksubstimeandmatter.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=20134:28-november-2018&catid=1397&Itemid=157

This sale is on a 'first come first served' basis, Charlie would be open to sensible offers on some of these guitars and full payment will be required via PayPal only, from which point the final 'hand-over' arrangements can then be made. No postage is offered as t
he guitars can be picked up in person at a future U.K. Subs or Charlie solo gig or in person from Charlie at home on the South Coast, by mutual arrangement.
 
Guitar 1 - Martin DX1 - NOW SOLD
 
Studio guitar upon which Charlie has written numerous U.K. Subs and Urban Dogs tunes.

Supplied with hard guitar case.
 

 
Priced at £750 (or make offer)
 

Guitar 2 - Yamaha 12 string guitar
 
Charlie has owned this guitar for a long time, and played it on the recording of the U.K. Subs' 'XXIV' album.
 
Supplied with hard guitar case and spare strings.
 
 
Priced at £550 (No Offers)
  

  
Guitar 3 - Fender P Bass
Special 1994 Edition - NOW SOLD
 
 
Charlie has owned this guitar for some time, and played it on various recordings.
 
Supplied with hard guitar case.
 

 
Priced at £1,500 (or make offer)
 
 
Guitar 4 - Fender Jazz Bass - NOW SOLD
 
Charlie's Japanese bass which has seen some travelling with the Subs and has also been used in the studio as well.
 
Supplied with hard guitar case.
 

 
Priced at £750 (or make offer)
 
 
  
Guitar 5 - Dobra Hound Dog - NOW SOLD
 
Charlie has used this basic guitar at a few of his shows.
 
 
Supplied with a gig bag.
 

 
Priced at £550
 
 
 
Guitar 6 - Marina Acoustic - Mark 32 - NOW SOLD
 
Charlie has owned this from new for over 30 years, having bought it in Norway.
 
Charlie has written many Subs songs on this guitar and it was also used for his first solo gigs.
 

Supplied with gig bag.
 
Priced at £750 (or make offer)
 
 

22/11: STOKE GIG CANCELLED - BAND STATEMENT ISSUED

Dear Stoke,
We regret to announce that we will not be appearing tonight at the Eleven Music Venue as advertised.
On Monday evening we became aware that one of the supports bands may have right wing associations. In order to make a clear and well informed judgement on the most appropriate course of action, we took the time to research whether this was in fact true. We found that in the past the band had members of a now infamous right wing band whose name we won’t mention.
We aren’t going to argue the semantics of whether the band in question are or aren’t a right wing band, they very well may not be. However, to our level of satisfaction, we were not convinced the band had proactively attempted to dissociate themselves from their former right-wing members, or other individuals/organisations who closely identify with the politics and ideologies of their former right-wing members. Therefore, we presented the promoter with an ultimatum - us or them. He chose them.
And so it’s unfortunate but we have to stick to our guns on this one.
UK Subs are an anti-fascist, anti-racist, anti-political extremist band, and on this we could not be clearer. We encourage others to offer the same kind of clarity.
Charlie, Alvin, Steve and Jamie

20/11: LAUNCH PARTY MAILING LIST UPDATE

The latest update on the forthcoming launch party for the brand new U.K. Subs E.P. 'Screaming Senile' has been sent out via the official mailing list from Jamie and reads as follows:
 
EP launch party details!
 
Hi folks!

We are now just 2 days from launching our brand new EP and this is just to give you some more details about the show. So this time around, we have worked out a muuuuch better system for ticketing which *should* make everything run a lot faster and smoother than previously.
 
All you need to do is present a copy of the email to the door staff, you can have it on your smartphone or if you don't have a smartphone you can print it out, and we will have an app that scans your barcode and then you will be granted entry. It should be really simple, so hopefully, *fingers crossed* we should have no problems at all.
 
So the doors will be opening around 7.30pm, we should be kicking the gig off at 8.30pm sharp. I wanted to leave enough time to get everybody in and make sure everyone is comfortable before we get going. Today we had a really good rehearsal at our friend's place up near Blackpool, and I can tell you we are so excited for this gig, it just feels great to be switching things up and playing something completely different from the norm.
 
 
We have been having some issues with our website which has been down for a few days now.
 
Thankfully our web guys have been on it and it's all back up and running now, so if you still need to buy tickets you can do so by going to www.uksubs.co.uk
 
Ok then guys, that's all for now. Here's a photo from today's rehearsal. See you on Wednesday!!
 
Jamie
 

 
Poster by the lovely Beka Pritchards at Crowconut
https://www.facebook.com/crowconut/
 
REHEARSAL NEWS!
 
The band also posted an update via various social media platforms as follows:
 
UK SUBS
Published by uksubsofficial · 20 November at 20:02 ·
Another rehearsal done today in preparation for our EP launch party tomorrow night! We never rehearse so it’s good to be practicing some of the old singles that we’ve never played before. Can’t wait for tomorrow now!!!
 

19/11: NEW E.P. ARTWORK & TRACK LISTING

Ahead of the forthcoming brand new U.K. Subs E.P. 'Screaming Senile' launch party gig in Nuneaton on 21 November (tickets HERE), the artwork is reproduced below, revealing also the full 5 track titles...
 
 
The band have previously announced that one of the tracks would be an updated, re-recording of their 1981 single 'Keep On Running (Til You Burn)'; now re-titled 'Keep On Running 2018' and have also recently made the opening track 'Hounds At The Door' available on audio at:

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/58786b0c6cfbc86b88de98af8/files/83563190-4338-4630-ad73-969f846da547/Hounds_at_the_Door.mp3
 
The other new tracks are 'Geordie Ray' - which boasts Jamie Oliver playing guitar, 'Crank It Up' - featuring Alvin Gibbs on vocals, and '2000 Years'.
 
The above artwork is from the Crowconut website of the graphic designer Beka Pritchards which includes more basic images that went into creating the cover as a whole:
 
"...The artwork is a collage of illustrations, layered and eroded to produce this glitchy effect..."
 
 

14/11: NEW E.P. LAUNCH GIG PROMO VIDEO

The band have posted a 36 second promotional video for the forthcoming brand new U.K. Subs E.P. 'Screaming Senile' launch party gig in Nuneaton on 21 November (tickets HERE)
 
Below is a screen shot of the video, which can be viewed exclusively on the band's official Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/UKSubs/
 
 
The following text appeared with the video:
"...Just one week to go until our EP launch party at the Queens Hall in Nuneaton. You will not want to miss this night!! Tickets still available at www.uksubs.co.uk
Let’s make this a night to remember!!!
Big thanks to the lovely Beka Pritchards at Crowconut for this video!!!"
 

13/11: SUBVERSIONS 2 BEING RECORDED?

A temporary video has been posted to the band's official Instagram account, showing brief footage of a track being recorded at Pat Collier's studio in London, where the band have recorded all their recent albums and singles for the last few years. Entitled 'Subversions 2', the video has since been taken down.
 
It therefore looks as if the band are already recording a follow-up to their well received all-covers album of earlier this year entitled Subversions, which was commissioned by Cleopatra Records in the USA.
 

07/11: NEW E.P. MAILING LIST UPDATE

The latest update on the forthcoming brand new U.K. Subs E.P. 'Screaming Senile' has been sent out via the official mailing list from Jamie and reads as follows:
 
Screaming Senile is nearly here!

Hi folks!

Well it's November and we've just returned from a very successful West Coast USA tour with Agent Orange and Guttermouth. It was a hell of a lot of fun and we're still recovering from severe jet lag but there's no rest for the wicked and we're kicking off our UK Christmas tour tonight in Nottingham. So, without further yapping, it's about time we gave you an update to let you all know exactly where we are and how things are going.
 
Firstly, let's start off with a very minor bit of bad news. The vinyl records are unfortunately going to be ever so slightly delayed. I spoke to the pressing plant and they said they will likely be with us about a week after the launch show but they're doing everything they can to get the records out to us as soon as humanly possible and then we will sign them and get everything out to you right away. Apologies for this minor delay but we promise it will all be with you very very soon!
 
On a much more positive note, attached to this email is a link for one of the tracks. We hope you like it! Written by Mr. Steve Straughan, 'Hounds at the Door' offers a catchy slice of punk rock energy. This is just a taste of what's to come and we hope it will wet your appetite! Just click here to listen!! (https://gallery.mailchimp.com/58786b0c6cfbc86b88de98af8/files/83563190-4338-4630-ad73-969f846da547/Hounds_at_the_Door.mp3)
 
Tickets for the launch party at the Queens Hall in Nuneaton on November 21st are selling well and if you missed the memo, we will be performing two unique sets. The first will be an acoustic set comprised of two songs written and performed by each member of the band. As you know, we each have our own solo projects going on and we thought it'd be interesting to offer something entirely different from the norm. The second set, which we're extremely excited about, will be made completely of UK Subs 7" singles. We're talking songs that haven't been played by the band in a very very long time, some never played live before (we'll leave it to you to speculate). There'll also be some surprises along the way, with one major surprise you will not want to miss!!! This is probably going to be one of the most interesting UK Subs gigs in a long time, certainly in recent years and we hope you'll join us for yet another wonderful night in 'Sunny Nunny'. We sent out your e-tickets for the gig yesterday (Wednesday). If you've bought a ticket but haven't received a confirmation email already, check your junk mail folder first and if it's still not there then please respond to this email and I will check it for you.
 
And finally, in true disorganised punk rock fashion, I've just realised that I neglected to update the images for the Screaming Senile shirts and badges. What an idiot! This is now done and you can see on our website how it all looks! See the links below :)
 
Ok everyone, happy Thursday and I'll be in touch very soon with another update!
Cheers!

Jamie
 

 

29/10: ALVIN GIBBS & THE DISOBEDIENT SERVANTS

SINGLES SET TO BE SHIPPED - NEW BANDCAMP PAGE

 
Pictured here as an interim update is the record, sleeve and the insert, and each copy will also contain a code to download both tracks digitally.
 
Time & Matter Records have also set up a brand new Bandcamp page for Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants from which you can order the 7" single, both actual copies and digital versions, with the added bonus that on this platform you can also play both tracks in their entirety to hear exactly how fabulous they both are...
 
 
 
ALVIN GIBBS & THE DISOBEDIENT SERVANTS BANDCAMP PAGE:

 

 

 

24/10: NEW E.P. LAUNCH PARTY GIG UPDATE

The latest update on the forthcoming brand new U.K. Subs E.P. 'Screaming Senile' to be posted on the band's Facebook page from Jamie reads as follows:
 
Hi all,
On November 21st we will hold our third annual release party at the Queens Hall in Nuneaton. For these unique events we perform an extra special set or series of sets, offering something completely different from the norm. The first year, we performed 3 sets - an acoustic Subs set, songs from the Ziezo lineup and a classic subs set. Last time we performed one song from each successive U.K. Subs album from A to Z and an impromptu set after the mics had been taken down from the stage!
This time, we’ll kick off the night with acoustic songs from each of our respective solo projects. The main set, however, will be comprised of U.K. Subs 7” singles. Some will not have been played by the band in years, some probably never heard live before and there’ll be some surprises along the way, with one big surprise that we are extremely excited about!
In addition to kicking off the release of our brand new EP ‘Screaming Senile’, this promises to be one of the most interesting Subs gigs in a very long time and we look forward to sharing this special night with you all.
Tickets for this unique event are available from our webshop at:
https://keekmerch.com/uksubs/ep-campaign/800009-ep-campaign-launch-party-e-ticket.html
 
Poster by the lovely Beka Pritchards at Crowconut
https://www.facebook.com/crowconut/
 
 
23/10: SUBS IN A PHOTOBOOTH!
 
Jamie has posted the following photo and message to the U.K. Subs official Facebook page

"Obligatory band photo booth pics. Tonight we play at Sister Bar in Albuquerque, New Mexico. If you’re in the area come and join us for beers and top notch punk rock with our friends #Guttermouth and #AgentOrange
#albuquerque #newmexico #usa #uksubs #ontourforever"
 
Click the photo to enlarge...
 
 

22/10: EX-SUB RICKY McGUIRE NEWS

Ex-U.K. Subs bassist Ricky McGuire, now a long-time member of The Men They Couldn't Hang - who have just released an absolutely stunningly brilliant new album entitled 'Cock-A-Hoop' - is also currently involved in an exciting new album project with prolific UK-based songwriter  Rich Ragany.

Described by Vive Le Rock magazine as "...one of the country’s most engaging frontmen..." Ragany (pictured right) has written, recorded and released 3 full length albums in the last three years alone with London power-pop combo Role Models, with their last album "Dance Moves" making the aforementioned influential magazine's Top 50 albums of the year at number 25.

This new album will be Ragany's first solo album, entitled 
"Like We'll Never Make It", with the new band being
'Rich Ragany And The Digressions'
 
Having recently run a successful Pledge Music campaign, with 5% of the goal target and 5% of the post-goal funds being donated to charity, this new album will be worth checking out.
 
Afterwards the album will be handled by GLUNK Records.
 
You can also view and listen to a promotional video on YouTube at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nbm2Ov3YSDc
 
Or watch below:
 
 
 
REMINDER:
 
YOU CAN READ T&Ms
EXCLUSIVE AND EXTENSIVE
INTERVIEW WITH RICKY McGUIRE
FROM A FEW YEARS AGO
BY CLICKING HERE
 
 

17/10: ALVIN GIBBS FEATURE IN RECORD COLLECTOR

Alvin Gibbs features in the latest edition of Record Collector magazine - November 2018 (issue 485), answering a few questions, ahead on the release of his debut solo single and LP.
The article, on page 47, is in the magazine's regular section called 'Talking Heads'.

Also in this issue, on page 8, in the 'News' section, under the heading 'Friendly society - Upcoming album guest appearances', Alvin is mentioned again, as there's a list of the 9 guest appearances on his forthcoming album on T&M.

14/10: ALVIN GIBBS INTERVIEW WITH RPM ONLINE

Ahead of his brilliant debut solo single and LP being released on Time & Matter Records, Alvin has given a fantastic interview to the brand new website RPM online, which has been set up by Dom Daley, one of the fabulous writers who contributed to the Uber Rock website.
You can read all about Alvin's solo projects plus much more about Alvin and the U.K. Subs besides...

 
"...it’s been liberating in a way as I’ve not been worried about writing in a certain way or style. You’re writing for yourself you know so I’m not tailoring it for the U.K. Subs. It enables me to write songs I wouldn’t bring to the Subs so yeah it’s allowed me to have a diverse range which I hope people will like. There’s a dark almost Nick Cave style song and some that would be the opposite side of the spectrum more in a style like the New York Dolls. So yeah it’s been a great process and I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s a lot of hard work..."
 
Read the full interview at:
 

04/10: ALVIN GIBBS' MEMOIRS - NEW CHAPTER PUBLISHED

ALVIN GIBBS:
Alvin Gibbs - click to enlarge
Diminished Responsibility: 
My Life as a UK Sub, and other Strange Stories...

CoolNew instalment published!Cool
Chapter 10 - SOLIDARITY: Part 2

T&M today proudly publishes the 26th instalment of this suberb series of memoirs from Alvin Gibbs about his life and U.K. Subs-experiences...

As usual, the latest episode boasts many previously unpublished photos from Alvin's personal archive...

Read the latest...

In which the Subs' most successful tour ends in tatters, before which they witness Polish poverty, perversely partaking of Russian caviar and champagne, provide the soundtrack to a riotous protest, spend thousands in the toilet without Charlie, and harp on about taking the band to the next level, building on their success, but this plan of action is shot down by the leader of the opposition!!

Previous chapters are archived in the T & Misc! section
to the right entitled "Alvin Gibbs' memoirs"...
 

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

04/10: 'SUB MISSION' TO FINALLY GET VINYL RELEASE

The only Subs album from their official A-Z LP releases to yet have a vinyl issue, 1999s 'Sub Mission' compilation, will finally get a release on record in late November on Jungle Records, who originally put out the CD only release.
 
The forthcoming double coloured vinyl album release includes the original 20 tracks best of tracks complied by Charlie, as well as 8 of the 18 live tracks that were the bonus CD disc on initial release, being a live gig in Bristol from 1991.
 
The press release from Jungle reads as follows:

"UK SUBS

'Sub Mission: the best of 1982-1998', 2xLP yellow & blue vinyl limited LP - £16.99

PRE-ORDER!  This title will be released on November 23 2018.
We'll despatch orders prior to then, as we'll have stock much earlier to ship to distributors.
Multi-order discount: buy 2 items or more and get 10% off your entire order - just enter 'MULTI' code at checkout.
• “Sub Mission: the Best of 1982 – 1998” in yellow & blue limited edition double-LP gatefold vinyl!
• First time ever on vinyl – letter ‘S’, the only UK Subs A-Z album not on vinyl before.
• 20 tracks selected by Charlie on 3 LP sides – side 4 has 8 live tracks from Bristol 1991
The UK Subs celebrated 2018 with the issue of all their albums A-Z plus extras in two 15-CD box sets. The 1999 'Sub Mission - Best Of' covered the years 1982-1998; ie. F – R in the UK Subs alphabet series.
This is letter 'S' in the A-Z of UK Subs albums, and the only one never before issued on vinyl – at last here it is, in limited yellow and blue coloured discs.
Twenty tracks selected by the indefatigable Charlie Harper spread over three sides of vinyl, plus the fourth side has a selection of a further eight live UK Subs punk favourites from 1991.
LP1: Police State; Speak For Yourself; Self Destruct; Captain Scarlet; Thunderbird Wine; Hey Santa; Another Cuba; Down On The Farm; Another Typical City; Planet I; Drag Me Down; Here Comes Alex; Ozone Death; Strangeways.
LP2: DF 118; Solutions; Outside Society; Bitter & Twisted; Squat 96; Riot (alt single version); Live 1991: Saints 'n' Sinners; Down On The Farm; New York State Police; Another Cuba; Warhead (Chant); Rockers; C.I.D.; Party In Paris.
LP Cat No: FALLLP055  Barcode: 5013145305539"
 

26/09: ALVIN GIBBS PICKS 12 INSPIRATIONAL SONGS

Ahead of his debut solo single and LP being released on Time & Matter Records, Alvin has spoken to the fantastic Ten-Midnight website about his favourite songs growing up and whilst as a performing musician, including tracks by the Stones, T-Rex, The Stooges, The Ramones and Mott The Hoople.
 
It makes a fascinating read as to what "inspired and created his musical taste and style..."

 
The article is also archived on T&M HERE
 

21/09: ALVIN TRACK PLAYED ON 'SUSPECT DEVICE' PODCAST

Long established and fabulous punk rock fanzine Suspect Device also produce a brilliant podcast full of great new and old punk rock - it's well worth a regular listen, and the latest episode of the podcast 'Make A Cup Of Tea Put A Record On', episode 66 features the flipside to Alvin's forthcoming debut single 'Clumsy Fingers'...

https://teaandrecords.blogspot.com/

(http://www.mediafire.com/file/03tubrjf6xvpyl8/POD66.mp3/file)

https://soundcloud.com/user-683211345/podcast-66

20/09: NEW SUBS E.P. ARTWORK REVEALED

The artwork for the forthcoming U.K. Subs 12" EP 'Screaming Senile' has been released via the band's official Facebook website as follows:

"Alrighty then!! Announcement time!

If you missed the previous news, we have a brand new EP available to pre-order from https://keekmerch.com/uksubs/ now!! 'Screaming Senile', 5 tracks of pure punk rock bliss on a 12-inch red and black splattered vinyl. This is the first ever completely independent UK Subs release in the history of the band, we're releasing it on our very own brand new record label Subversive UK, which we hope to expand upon in the future. So we could really do with your support.

We'll be kicking off the release in style with another special event to be held at the Queens Hall, Nuneaton on Wednesday 21st November. Anyone who's been to one of our launch parties will know that this is not a regular UK Subs show and for us it's the most challenging yet thrilling night of the year with us performing a completely different set. Last time we played a song from each and every album and a set of Subs classics, the time before it was 3 special sets, and we're really excited for what's in store this time around.

Tickets also available from our website at www.uksubs.com

Big thanks to the lovely Beka Pritchards at crowconut.com for the artwork, we love it!!
So what do you think? Let us know in the comments below!"

17/09: CHARLIE PICKS HIS INSPIRATIONAL SONGS

Charlie Harper has spoken to the fantastic Ten-Midnight website about his favourite songs growing up and whilst as a performing musician, including tracks by Vera Lynn, Brahms, Brenda Lee, Elvis, Woody Guthrie and the Stones.
 
It makes a fascinating read regarding "some of Charlie’s memories growing up and the music that surrounded him..."

Read the full article at:
 
The article is also archived on T&M HERE
 

14/09: U.K. SUBS' WINTER 2019 EUROPEAN TOUR SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED 

The U.K. Subs' European booking agent MUTTIS, have just announced the band's annual January to February European tour schedule for next year as follows:
 
January 2019
 
16: LeGibus, Paris, France / 17: Helios, Köln, Germany / 18: Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany / 19: Underwerk, Copenhagen, Denmark /
20: Speicher, Husum, Germany / 22: Kling Klang, Wilhelmshaven, Germany / 23: Bei Chez Heinz, Hannover, Germany / 24: SO36, Berlin, Germany /
25: Chemiefabrik, Dresden, Germany / 26: Stara Piwnica, Wroclaw, Poland / 27: Rude Boy, Bielsko-Biała, Poland / 29: Rock Café, Prague, Czech Republic / 
30: Arena, Wien, Austria / 31: Randal Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
 
February 2019
 
01: KV Röda, Steyr, Austria / 02: Alter Statdtbahnhof, Schweinfurt, Germany / 03: Alte Hackerei, Karlsruhe, Germany /
05: Feierwerk (Hansa 39), München, Germany / 06: TBC / 07: Crazy Bull, Genova, Italy / 08: Ideal, Magenta, Italy / 09: Sedel, Luzern, Switzerland /
10: Catering Café, Hericourt, France / 12: Universum, Stuttgart, Germany / 13: Mergener Hof, Trier, Germany / 14: Musiktheater Piano, Dortmund, Germany / 15: Het Bolwerk, Sneek, Netherlands / 16: Cinema, Aalst, Belgium
 
09/09: ALVIN GIBBS NEW SINGLE ON RETROSONIC
 
Steve Worrell, who does the fab Retro Man Blog website hosts the Retrosonic Podcast with renowned Rock photographer Paul Slattery.
On the latest episode you can hear one of the fabulous tracks from Alvin Gibbs' forthcoming debut single along with the classic Subs' Young Criminal, as well as Paul Slattery waxing lyrical on just how great - as well as how underrated the U.K. Subs were from 1977-1983.

Subscribe for free at iTunes or Download/Stream from their Soundcloud site here:
Enjoy and share...!
 
08/09: ALVIN GIBBS MORE SINGLE PLAYS...
 
WOODY RADIO 'SKIB DOBBIN’ WITH SPAZ'
After playing the A-side of Alvin's forthcoming debut single 'Ghost Train' on his last show - this time round we get the joy of hearing the G-side 'Clumsy Fingers' played back to back with some classic Subs and 'You Don't Belong'.
Thanks Spaz, another great show filled with quality music...
YOU CAN NOW LISTEN BACK TO YESTERDAY'S SHOW IN FULL ON MIXCLOUD...

https://www.mixcloud.com/stephen-…/skib-dobbin-with-spaz-18/
 

01/09: ALVIN GIBBS INTERVIEW ON SPANISH WEBSITE

The novacronica.com/ website has just published an excellent interview with Alvin Gibbs
Andrés Gator is the founder and editor of Nova Crónica (music magazine). He designs, writes for, and maintains the site. Usually, Nova Crónica is a one-man operation.

The articles are in both Spanish and English, so please show your support for this excellent D.I.Y. endeavour and give it a read, you'll get to learn more about Alvin's fabulous forthcoming debut LP on Time & Matter Records as well as various thoughts about his musical journey with the U.K. Subs:
 
"I resisted the idea of a solo record for a long time but a lot of people in recent years said to me they would very much like to hear an album of my songs so I eventually warmed to the idea..."
 
"My signature bass for many years was the Gibson Thunderbird. This was the instrument of choice when I played with the Subs, Iggy Pop and Cheap ‘n’ Nasty..."
 
"My abiding memories of that early period were seeing the Ramones play in my home town of Croydon in 1977, which was a life altering experience, and getting down to the Roxy Club to see the Clash and Generation X, during that same glorious year..."
 
"Charlie and I both essentially like the same music and have the same approaches to songwriting so it’s easy for us to co-write together..."
 
Read the full interview at:
 

31/08: ALVIN GIBBS SOLO PROJECT UPDATE NUMBER 4

As previously reported on this website, Time & Matter Records will be releasing U.K. Subs bassist Alvin Gibbs' debut solo single and album.
 
Alvin has today posted an update to his Facebook page, as follows...

"Update on solo album # 2…

So Facebookers, a post to apprise you all on what’s a happening regarding the state of play for my forthcoming solo LP entitled, Your Disobedient Servant, and the advance single release, Ghost Train.

Regarding the album, I’ve now had my concluding two contributors to the project add their parts to a duo of prime tracks – the guitar supremo Mick Rossi of the superb Slaughter and the Dogs, who has deeply enhanced a spirited track entitled As Deep As Our Skin with his Ronson-esque rhythm and lead playing; plus the award winning, celebrated film soundtrack composer and audio designer Mel Wesson who has skilfully augmented a Nick Cave-style gothic composition of mine into something yet more sinister and atmospheric with an excellent piano performance and some enriching sound motifs.

Thus, Mick Rossi and Mel Wesson’s names can now be added to the list of Disobedient Servants who have augmented my album during the recording process, a roll call of talent that includes Leigh Heggarty of Ruts DC; ex-Damned, Lords of the New Church guitarist Brian James; ex-Generation X and present Chelsea guitarists, James Stevenson; Barry ‘Barrington’ Francis of the Saints; ex-Johnny Thunders, Cheap ‘n’ Nasty and extant axe player for the Peckham Cowboys, Timo Kaltio; six string stylist Steve Crittall of the Godfather; and my partner in rhythm for the UK Subs, Jamie Oliver, who adeptly provided the drums for all twelve tracks. Upon finishing the recording phase, my co-producer Steve Crittall and I then mixed the entire album, which has now been sent for mastering by Time and Matter Records, thereafter to be transformed into luscious coloured vinyl and CDs for release later this year.

And honestly, I’ve got to say, I’m really excited about how good this album has turned out and I’m very much looking forward to getting your feedback for what I firmly believe is a varied and worthy piece of work.

Concerning the single Ghost Train, I wish to sincerely thank all of you who have now pre-ordered it and, seeing as well over two-thirds of this limited edition coloured vinyl pressing has pre-sold already, I would strongly advise those who would still like to obtain one of these singles to do so before it becomes unavailable via the link below 
 
http://timematterrecordings.bigcartel.com/product/t-m031-alvin-gibbs-the-disobedient-servants-ghost-train-7-single

As the late, great British entertainer Arthur Askey would have put it ‘I thank you all!’ A X"
 
More updates to follow folks...
 
Alvin's Solo Project Update Number 1: Click here
Alvin's Solo Project Update Number 2: Click here
Alvin's Solo Project Update Number 3: Click here
 
Thanks to Matt Rayner Photography for the two Alvin photos above (inc. 1/9/18) - click to enlarge.
You can see more of Matt's excellent photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129935202@N03/
 

30/08: ALVIN GIBBS SINGLE REVIEW IN DEVOLUTION MAGAZINE 

Massive thanks to Mark Bestford for his glowing review of the forthcoming Alvin Gibbs debut solo single on the https://devolutionmagazine.co.uk/ website:
 
"If these two tracks are indicative of what we can expect to see on the album then you won’t be disappointed, and we can expect a rare moment in punk history. There have been punk collaborations before, but none quite so grand in scale, and with such rich history.
It’s a fantastic piece of music..."
 

 

29/08: ALVIN GIBBS SINGLE RADIO PLAY

Steve Schnee's WOODY RADIO 'SKIB DOBBIN’ WITH SPAZ' internet radio show kicks off this Thursday with Alvin Gibbs' 'Ghost Train' single...

Billed as ‘All balls, no ballads’, it also features some other classic tracks by The Flys, Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers etc etc - be sure to give your ears a treat folks...

The show airs on Thursday evenings over at http://woodyradio.com/ 9pm EST / 6pm PST
Now uploaded to Mixcloud:
https://www.mixcloud.com/stephen-schnee/skib-dobbin-with-spaz-17/
Full news story archived on T&M here
 

26/08: BAND REQUEST FOR VIDEO CLIPS 

Jamie has put out a request via Facebook and e-mail for video contributions from Subs fans for a forthcoming video:

"UK SUBS
Published by Jamie Oliver · 25 August at 13:57 ·
Hi guys,
Bit of a weird one here but for an experimental video idea we need short video clips of people screaming.
Here’s what we need:
1. Video shot in landscape, not portrait.
2. A range of different angles i.e., from the front, side, looking up from below the chin, looking down from the left and right etc.
3. We need the video to be shot with the person standing against a plain background, it doesn’t matter what colour, as long as the place is fairly well lit.
4. You can do whatever you want as long as the person is screaming, the videos don’t all need to be shaking their heads. Just make it look mental!!! (Arse scratching is optional)
All will be revealed very soon but to get involved please email your clip as soon as possible to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This should be fun!!!!"

 

25/08: HEAR ALVIN GIBBS SINGLE A-SIDE

The Paranoid Squirrel Sunday Rock Show will be playing Alvin Gibbs' debut single "Ghost Train" from 9:00am...
Tune in to Rock Radio UK and then in the evening it'll be on Podbean to be streamed and Downloaded.
Links for the live Broadcast on Sunday morning are:

http://247rock.ml/
www.rock-radio.co.uk
https://mytuner-radio.com/player/rock-radio-uk/440493/
www.tunein.com/radio/Rock-Radio-UK-s232134/

Update - The episode is now available to listen to - streamed or downloaded - at:
https://theparanoidsquirrel.podbean.com/e/the-paranoid-squirrel-ep-646/

The Paranoid Squirrel Rock Show
'Where we play music that you should hear on the Radio but don't.'
 

24/08: ALVIN GIBBS SINGLE RADIO PLAY


You can hear the flip side of Alvin's debut single tonight from 11:00pm on the The Paranoid Squirrel Rock Show with Armitage.

'Clumsy Fingers' showcases another brilliant Alvin song as well as Brian James guesting on guitar...

http://247rock.ml/
www.rock-radio.co.uk
https://mytuner-radio.com/player/rock-radio-uk/440493/
www.tunein.com/radio/Rock-Radio-UK-s232134/

 

17/08: NEW EP RECORDED - TO BE CALLED 'SCREAMING SENILE'

The band have sent out news via their mailing list announcing that their forthcoming EP is recorded and will be named 'Screaming Senile'.
 
The update read as follows:

"EP update #2

 
Hi all!
Apologies for the lack of updates recently, we have all been busy with our side-projects and other fun things. However, you'll be glad to know that last week we went into the studio to record the EP! This is how it went...
The EP is done!
Following the inevitable drunken melee that was Rebellion Festival and still feeling the effects of copious amounts of alcohol, tired and hungover we went back to Perry Vale Studios in London to see our old mate Pat Collier. We laid down the 5 tracks as promised in 3 days and we are really very happy with the results. And we can tell you that Pat has once again outdone himself in the production department. Except this time the sound is almost less polished, much rawer, faster, louder, harder! So yes, our work in the studio is complete, we can proceed with bringing this campaign to its conclusion, and what's more is, we have a title!
After much deliberation and perusing your suggestions submitted through our website, we have finally reached a conclusion on what the name should be. We'd like to thank you all for your submissions, there were some really great ones - and some, erm, not so great ones - but nevertheless, we really appreciate you all getting involved and being part of what we view as the greatest period of the UK Subs since the old days.
SO, without further ado, the title of our brand new EP will be 'SCREAMING SENILE'. This title, which we LOVE was suggested by our competition winner in America, who just goes by the name of 'Punk Jeff'. Congratulations Punk Jeff, check your email because we have a special prize for you!
So this means we can now put the EP into production, we can start getting the artwork together and send off the tracks for mastering and start getting everything on its way to you. There's still a loooong way to go but exciting times!
So once again a massive massive thanks for all of your support, it really does mean a lot to us all. That's all for now, we'll be in touch again soon with more news. If you have any questions or comments you can just reply to this email and I'll do my best to get back to you and help where possible.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Jamie" 
 

16/08: ALVIN GIBBS DEBUT SINGLE FIRST REVIEW

The ever-excellent NUZZ PROWLING WOLF Blogsite has the honour of being the first to review the soon-to-be-released Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants debut 7" single on T&M Records (see news stories below) and the verdict is that it's a hard hitting, powerful, intelligent, foot tapping treat...

"...a couple of ballsy hard hitting righteous and riotous rockers; Thumping drums, pounding bass, flesh cutting guitars and a great vocal performance of pure power and passion, with some intelligent lyrics, a real foot tapping, fist thumping, brain thinking slab of pumpkin coloured 7” vinyl..."

"...be quick it's limited to 300 copies only.  Available to pre-order now from the magnificent Time and Matter Records. You'll be in for a treat!"

Pre-Order Link: CLICK HERE

16/08: COVER VERSION OF 'THE SAME THING' RELEASED

Click to enlargeSwedish punk rockers, Midlife Crisis, have released a cover version of the one of the tracks from side two of the Subs' 1979 'She's Not There' E.P.

'Samma Sak' or 'The Same Thing' is the a-side of their new single and has been sung in Swedish.

The band consists of members of The Hellacopters, Maryslim, Backyard Babies and the Mike Monroe Band.

First pressing is 400 copies on black vinyl with a second pressing planned on coloured vinyl. There are also 100 copies in die-cut sleeves with inserts available through the Bootleg Booze Records vinyl club; Boozersclub.

Copies are available HERE at 80 Swedish Krona, about £7, plus shipping.

 

12/08: ALVIN GIBBS SOLO PROJECT UPDATE NUMBER 3

As previously reported on this website, Time & Matter Records will be releasing U.K. Subs bassist Alvin Gibbs' debut solo single and album.
 
Alvin has today posted an update to his Facebook page, as follows...


"OK Facebook chums, having freshly returned from the wondrous occasion that is the Rebellion Festival – which was as enjoyable and liver corroding as ever – I thought I’d offer an update on my solo recording project. Firstly, Time & Matter records are now taking pre-orders for my solo 7 inch coloured vinyl single that will be posted to your place of abode in October of this year.
 
Each hand numbered piece will feature cover art work by Gaye Black, formerly Gaye Advert, original bassist for the legendary first-wave punk band, the Adverts; and the guitar styling’s of Leigh Heggarty of the mighty Ruts DC on the A-side (Ghost Train), and ex-Damned, Lords of the New Church prodigy Brian James, on the G-side (Clumsy Fingers) – see what T & M have done there folks, A-side, G-side, Alvin Gibbs… get it?!!
 
There will be only 300 singles available so it might be advisable to pre-order now via this link before the limited pressing is no longer obtainable:
 
 
Secondly, the album, Your Disobedient Servant, is close to being finished – just another name guitarist to play on one remaining track followed by the mixing process and then mastering and sending off to the manufacturers in good time and order for an early December release.
 
I can reveal that as well as Brian James and Leigh Heggarty, ex-Generation X, and present Chelsea guitarists, James Stevenson, contributes some fine work to 2 tracks on my LP, while Barry ‘Barrington’ Francis of the Saints and my old touring/recording buddy from my stint with the band Cheap ‘n’ Nasty, Timo Kaltio, both grace a song apiece too; plus some sterling guitar work from my co-producer Steve Crittall, who usually employs his axe to great effect with the Godfathers.
 
I thank you all. X  "
 
More updates to follow folks...
 
Alvin's Solo Project Update Number 1: Click here
Alvin's Solo Project Update Number 2: Click here
 
Thanks to Matt Rayner Photography for the two Alvin photos above - click to enlarge.
You can see more of Matt's excellent photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129935202@N03/
 

11/08: YUKO FEATURED ON KERRANG.COM ARTICLE

Some well deserved coverage - on kerrang.com of one of the most important U.K. Subs ever!

Read the full article here:

https://www.kerrang.com/features/13-people-youll-bump-into-at-a-punk-rock-festival/

Archived Yuko section only is below:

"11. THE QUIET RIOT
Yuko, Tokyo
Like the eye of the storm, this character is a point of calm amongst the chaos. She’s no soft-touch, though: Yuko’s piercing gaze goes right through us as if to say she’s got no time for posers or bullsh*t.
“I’m married to [legendary vocalist] Charlie Harper and working for [his band] UK Subs! I’m from just outside Tokyo, but have been living in the UK for over 18 years now. I’m kind of here every year! The festival is so friendly, with a really warm feeling. I love to be able to go and see bands like The Adicts, but it’s also an opportunity to see your friends from all over the world in one place. A lot of my Japanese friends come over. It’s chaotic – but it’s a good chaos! And it’s good music!”

 

10/08: ALVIN GIBBS & THE DISOBEDIENT SERVANTS

 
Thrilling Debut Solo Single
Now Available To Pre-Order
 
 
   "...it's time to break the rules..."   

Time & Matter Records are immensely proud to announce that they are now taking pre-orders for Alvin’s debut 7” single ‘Ghost Train’, which will act as a taster for the forthcoming long-player.
 
7" Single Details:

***Limited to 300 hand numbered copies***
***Two brand new Gibbs songs: ‘Ghost Train’ & ‘Clumsy Fingers’***
***Exclusive sleeve artwork by Gaye Black (ex-The Adverts)***
***Pumpkin coloured vinyl***
***Includes double sided card insert with lyrics***
 
   "...sanctioned to thrill..."   
 
Featuring guest musicians:

Brian James (ex-The Damned / Lords Of The New Church)
Leigh Heggarty (Ruts DC)
Steve Crittall (The Godfathers)
Jamie Oliver (U.K. Subs)
 
Release Date: 31 October 2018 – Halloween!

   "...hey, hey, hey, we’re all riding on a ‘Ghost Train..."   
 
 
   "...try to impress but I'm a mess, this life can be so cruel..."   
 


T&M web-shop postage discount does apply on this pre-order
but any other items ordered with the single will only be posted once the singles are ready to dispatch.

Please note that this product is currently at the manufacturers.
Shipping is scheduled from Thursday 1 November 2018 but this is subject to change.
Any delay to shipping will be announced on the various Time & Matter internet sites.
 
Thanks to Matt Rayner Photography for the Alvin photo above middle - click to enlarge.
You can see more of Matt's excellent photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129935202@N03/

09/08: U.K. SUBS BLACK SHOULDER BAGS

LARGER SIZE

U.K. Subs' official online merchandiser 'Mainstage Merch' have some great looking U.K. Subs red star logo bags.
"This has to be the best UK SUBS Bag ever!!! One of a superb range of high quality essential bags which are a must for fans of all these classic punk bands." 

Below are a selection of photos of the Mainstage Merch U.K. Subs bag around the recent Rebellion Festival in Blackpool... click images to enlarge 

 

Further details:
Clean and classic styling. Full cotton lining. Antique brass effect fittings. Zippered organiser section under front flap. Internal slip pocket. Padded base. Rip-Strip™ closure. Adjustable shoulder strap. 

The Dimensions of the bag are 37 x 29 x 11cm with a capacity of 13 Litres.
Embroidery - 18 Tubular hoop / Print Area - 32 x 18cm
Washing Instructions - Sponge clean only.
 
 
SMALLER SIZE
There is also now available a new embroidered smaller polyester retro style U.K. Subs black shoulder bag.

This features an adjustable shoulder strap, zippered front pocket as well as an internal valuables pocket. Again - this is a very stylish finish and look with dimensions of 30 x 28 x 10cm.
 
This can be seen pictured right (click to enlarge) and you can...

 
31/07: SAM JONES 'RETROSPECTIVE' ALBUM NEWS
 
Sam Jones ‘Retrospective’ album news

U.K. Subs followers will recall that Time & Matter Records released a limited edition 7” single back in 2014 entitled ‘Featuring Charlie Harper’, of which one side was Sam Jones’ ‘band’ The Berlin Lights’ ‘Hit The Floor’ track which included some great harmonica from the Subs’ main man.

Having only previously appeared on the aforementioned vinyl release, ‘Hit The Floor’ is now set to be available on CD for the first time on this compilation of Sam Jones previous recordings, via his own imprint Camouflage Records.

Sam is currently working on recording with ‘Angry Town’, with their band line-up featuring John Robb, of The Membranes, Goldbalde and the ‘Louder Than War’ website/magazine fame, and you can read about them at http://angrytown.kylos.pl/wp/

Time & Matter have a handful of these 24 track ‘Retrospective’ promo prototype/CDr CDs in their webstore, which includes the Charlie harmonica infused ‘Hit The Floor’ 7” as well as two other versions of the track. The promo CD also includes Sam’s work with Brian James of The Damned.

 
READ THE FULL SAM JONES ‘RETROPSECTIVE’ PRESS RELEASE - CLICK HERE

 

30/07: CHARLIE TO GUEST AT JOE STRUMMER GIG CELEBRATION

Charlie Harper has been announced as one of the guests, set to appear at the 'Gates Of The West UK' "All-Star Clash Celebration" gig, which will benefit two charities, the first being The Joe Strummer Foundation, and the second being Music & Memory.
 
The gig will take place on Dingwalls in Camden, London on Friday 7 September 2017 with tickets priced at £22 and available from:
 
The event is being sponsored by Vive Le Rock, who announced the story as follows:

"ALL-STAR CLASH CELEBRATION AT DINGWALLS!

JOE STRUMMER and THE CLASH will be celebrated in September with a special event at London’s legendary Dingwalls venue, sponsored by Vive Le Rock!
Gates Of The West, which takes place on Friday 7 September, will benefit the charities The Joe Strummer Foundation, supporting projects around the world that create empowerment through music, and Music & Memory, which uses music to help unlock memories in people with dementia.
The night will feature a set from JESSE MALIN, plus numerous special guests including GLEN MATLOCK, RANKING ROGER, CHUCK PROPHET, MARK STEWART, CHARLIE HARPER, PETE WYLIE, ITCH from THE KING BLUES, CRAIG FINN and TAD KUBLER from THE HOLD STEADY, members of Joe’s band THE MESCALEROS, DJs RICHARD NORRIS and SCRATCHY and loads more…
There’ll also be a screening of rare Clash film footage from The Future Is Unwritten director Julien Temple."
 
 
 
29/07: 'ZIEZO' TO BE RE-ISSUED BY USA LABEL CLEOPATRA RECORDS
 
The Subs' final A-Z album, 2016s 'Ziezo' is being re-issued on CD and vinyl LP by U.S. based label Cleopatra Records.
 
These, as well as a digital version are available now to order via their Bandcamp site only.
 
Time & Matter will have a limited quantity available in their webstore to save UK-based collectors the high shipping costs from the U.S. but these do not include the digital addition.

Vinyl: http://timematterrecordings.bigcartel.com/product/u-k-subs-ziezo-white-vinyl-lp


'Ziezo' is now available to download and stream at:

https://uksubsmusic.bandcamp.com/album/ziezo

You can also order the newly issued 'Limited Edition Deluxe Compact Disc' which has an "18 panel cd insert".
There is also a "Limited Edition 12" White Vinyl" LP, of which 500 have been pressed, and both the LP and CD "includes unlimited streaming of Ziezo via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more."
 
 
 
20/07: 'ROCK YOUR LYRICS BACKSTAGE' INTERVIEW WITH CHARLIE
 
The 'Rock Your Lyrics Backstage' Soundcloud webpage have just published an excellent audio interview with Charlie online which can be heard at:https://soundcloud.com/rockyourlyrics/rock-your-lyrics-backstage-interview-with-uk-subs

Conducted whilst Charlie was in Brighton on 18 June 2018...
 
"Hello Everyone!
Welcome to a new episode of Rock Your Lyrics - Backstage!
We will give you full access to exclusive interviews with artists from all over the planet during their tour across the world!
Today we interviewed Charlie Harper - Vocals & Harmonica player of UK SUBS"
 
Covering how Charlie writes the lyrics and music of his songs, including using Pete Davies' conversation as inspiration as "...there's always different ways to write a song", how he's currently listening to Amyl and The Sniffers from Australia, how 'Warhead' is his own favourite and most important lyric he's written as well as double meaning in songs and turning himself into a 'she'!
Also discussed is 'Tomorrows Girls', MC5, riding pushbikes from Italy to Switzerland to see the Subs, the importance of back stage fridges, Charlie's best relationship advice and the World Cup!
 
 

10/07: ALVIN GIBBS SOLO PROJECT UPDATE NUMBER 2

As announced on 29 April, Time & Matter Records have signed up U.K. Subs bassist Alvin Gibbs to release his debut solo album, with a release date pencilled in for December 2018.
 
Alvin has today posted up an update to his Facebook page, with the exciting news that Time & Matter Records - as a taster for the LP - will be issuing a limited edition 7" coloured vinyl single scheduled for a Halloween release date...


"Well, I quite honestly didn’t think I’d see England again make it to a World Cup Semi Final in my lifetime; but then again, I didn’t suppose I would ever record a solo album either. Now, remarkably, the former has happened and the latter is transpiring. After putting off the idea for a very long time due to the belief such an idea was conceited and audacious – despite my co-Sub and dear friend Charlie Harper and numerous others in the scene encouraging me to do so – Time and Matter Records have finally breached my reticence and I now find myself in the midst of recording an LP that I’m co-producing with my old mate and Godfathers’ guitarist, ‘Soho’ Steve Crittall.
 
There will be twelve spanking new self-penned songs for this project which will have the artist title ‘Alvin Gibbs and the Disobedient Servants’: the Disobedient Servants being the various guest musicians who have kindly agreed to contribute their playing on one or more tracks for the forthcoming record. Although I’m not going to reveal all the contributors for the present, I can assure you there is already a very cool line-up of guitar players who will enhance, or have already graced, my compositions with their skill and renowned individual styles.

   Before this album (titled ‘Your Disobedient Servant’) is released there will be a taster of what is to come in the form of an individually numbered, limited edition 7 inch coloured vinyl single, complete with a printed insert sheet containing the contributing players’ credits and the lyrics so you can sing along with the tunes if you feel so inclined!
 
The single’s A-side, ‘Ghost Train', features some very fine guitar work from Leigh Heggarty of the mighty Ruts DC; while the B-side, ‘Clumsy Fingers’, has my old touring buddy from the 1970s, ex-Damned and Lords of the New Church guitarist Brian James, activating his six-string abilities for a blistering solo and some nice guitar flourishes throughout. I take the lead vocal duties for both the 7 inch compositions and the remainder of the album tracks; play some negligible guitar and, naturally, take care of all the bass parts. My fellow partner in rhythm for the U.K. Subs, Jamie Oliver, is responsible for the drums, while ‘Soho’ Steve deftly adds some additional guitar glue to the general mix.
 
 
The atmospheric artwork for the single (revealed above in its pure form without the titles in situ) is by Gaye Black – formerly known as Gaye Advert, one time bassist for the legendary first-wave Punk band the Adverts, and now a much rated and talented artist. Release dates for the single and album will follow shortly.

   So there you have it FB chums. Although my focus remains, and will always remain, being a contributing member of the U.K. Subs, I will shortly emulate my fellow band mates by having a fully developed side-project to keep you all informed about too – Steve Straughan has his Hi-Fi Spitfires of course; Jamie Oliver has just made an album with his occasional band, You; and Charlie has been releasing solo records on-and-off for many years now.

   I’ve really enjoyed writing and recording the songs for this venture and I’m very much looking forward to getting some feedback on them from you good people when these recordings become available for public consumption.
   ‘Till then, my dear friends, I remain Your Disobedient Servant."         
          
Additionally, T&M would add that the 7" single will be hand-numbered and limited to 300 copies, it will be on coloured vinyl and include a two-sided printed insert and have the catalogue number of T&M 031...

More details to follow folks...
 
Alvin's Solo Project Update Number 1: Click here
 
Thanks to Matt Rayner Photography for the two Alvin photos above - click to enlarge.
You can see more of Matt's excellent photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129935202@N03/
 
05/07: CHARLIE INTERVIEW IN LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

There is an interview - published today - with Charlie Harper, in 'The Lancashire Telegraph' newspaper, which serves as promotion for the Subs' forthcoming appearance at the Blackpool Rebellion Festival.

Read the original article at: http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/leisure/features_lancashiretelegraph/16334733.uk-subs-and-charlie-harper-heading-to-rebellion-festival-blackpool/

 

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

 03/07: 'SUSSEX SCENE' REVIEW OF CHARLIE'S SOLO ALBUM

The 'Sussex Scene' website has today published an excellent review of Charlie's solo album 'Little Black Crow' at:

https://scenesussex.uk/little-black-crow-charlie-harper/

Go grab a copy of Little Black Crow from a gig or from here:
http://timematterrecordings.bigcartel.com/product/charlie-harper-little-black-crow-cd
 

25/06: NAME THE SUBS' NEW EP COMPETITION

The Subs have announced a competition to name their forthcoming EP, with the announcement being made via the band's Facebook page as follows:

"Hi all,
Many of you have been asking what our new EP will be called. We haven’t announced the title yet, and for very good reason. And that reason is, because we want you to name it!
On our website at www.uksubs.co.uk/contest there is a form. We want you to submit your ideas for the name of our new EP, and the winner will not only have their idea immortalised on a UK Subs record, we’re also giving away a very special mystery prize that is sure to be the envy of many a Subs fan.
So get your thinking caps on folks, we want to hear what you’ve got!
The competition ends on July 1st and we’ll announce our winner shortly after that once we’ve reviewed the entries and made a decision.
Good luck!!!"

 
The following messages can be read before you enter your suggestion(s) in the box provided:
"Ok it’s competition time! Description and rules below. Remember it’s one form entry per person but within that form you can enter as many names as you like!"
"Name our EP!"
"What do you think the new UK Subs EP should be called?"
The website goes on to state:
"We’re giving you the chance to name our brand new EP and in doing so, you can bag yourself a very special unique UK Subs related mystery prize!
 
All you have to do to win is get your creative juices flowing and submit your idea for the title of our new EP using the form above. On July 1st we’ll pick our favourite name and the person who came up with it will win a special prize that will be much coveted by UK Subs fans across the globe!"
 

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

22/06: 'SUSSEX SCENE' REVIEW OF CHARLIE'S 'YOUNG TROUBADOURS' GIG

Last night's Charlie Harper gig in Brighton as 'The Young Troubadours' with Tony Feedback has been reviewed on the 'Sussex Scene' website at:

17/06: THE FAB FIVE ON FACEBOOK!

Jamie today posted the following photo and message on the band's FB page:

"A fine weekend out in Ireland. Friday in Dublin was a belter with Bad Manners and a blistering one yesterday in Belfast. Thanks to all who made it out. We have a month or so off now, see you on the road again soon!"

Back row: Jamie
Middle row: Alvin, Charlie and Steve
Front row: Yuko 

 

 

14/06: A-Z BOXSETS PROMO VIDEO

The Demon Music Group have, with T&M's help and advice, today published a neat promo video for the two forthcoming Subs boxsets which you can view below:

Originally on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpctkFQdPUQ

PRE-ORDER LINK VOL 1:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Albums-1-M-U-K-Subs/dp/B07CL6RWQ3/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1524600883&sr=1-1&refinements=p_32%3AUK+SUBS
PRE-ORDER LINK VOL 2:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07D2MXNNH/ref=sr_1_4?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1526298784&sr=1-4&keywords=uk+subs

12/06: NEW EP LAUNCH PARTY GIG

The U.K. Subs have today announced the details for their new EP gig launch party as follows:


WEBSITE: "Official party for the brand new EP, to be held at the Queens Hall, Nuneaton on November 21st. If you’ve joined us at any of our launches before you will know that this will be a night to remember!"

FACEBOOK: "Come and help us celebrate the launch of our brand new (as of yet untitled) EP at the Queens Hall, Nuneaton on November 21st. This will be a night to remember. Tickets on sale now!
Go to www.uksubs.co.uk/store to get yours!"

 
EP LAUNCH PARTY TICKETS ON SALE: CLICK HERE

NEW EP CAMPAIGN STORE: CLICK HERE
 

11/06: CHARLIE SOLO SHOW WITH Q&A

Charlie Harper will be playing a special intimate solo show in Southsea in September with only 40 seats available...

The exclusive heads-up was given to all the members of the U.K. Subs Fan Club on Facebook as there were so few tickets available...

CHARLIE HARPER SOLO SHOW and Q&A SESSION

Venue: The Tea Tray Cafe, Osborne Rd, Southsea, Portsmouth.

30th Sept 2018 - doors 5:00pm for a 5:45pm start.

40 seats only - £10 tickets.

Ticket link is http://www.wegottickets.com/event/442575

Right - poster for gig - click to enlarge

 

09/06: JAMIE'S SIDE PROJECT BAND - YOU - NEW MUSIC VIDEO

U.K. Subs drummer Jamie Oliver's side project band, YOU have just released an official music video for their debut single 'Selfish, of which you can read more about here:
http://www.uksubstimeandmatter.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19899:5-april-2018&catid=1390&Itemid=157

Watch the video below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7-unZjCM9I&feature=youtu.be

08/06: NEW EP ANNOUNCEMENT

The U.K. Subs have today sent out an announcement via e-mail to all fans registered with their uksubs.co.uk mailing list, as well as via their official Facebook page, that the band intend to record a brand new EP, set to be released in November 2018.


The announcement was made as follows:

"   ***MAJOR UK SUBS ANNOUNCEMENT!!!***

Hi all,
 
In August 2018 we will embark upon the recording of a new UK Subs project which will take the form of a brand new 5 track EP. As you will know, our previous two offerings were released in association with our friends at Pledge Music. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Pledge for all of their efforts throughout our last two (very successful) campaigns.
 However, in the spirit of always striving to do something new and different, this time around we have decided to go it alone and put out the first ever fully independent release in the history of the UK Subs. We’ll be operating as our own record label ‘Subversive UK Records’, self-publishing, as well as handling every single aspect of the production, design, manufacture and delivery of the record from start to finish. We’ll even be dealing with customer questions and queries ourselves (and hopefully not too many complaints!)
It’s an exciting but daunting task and one that involves a hell of a lot of hard work and dedication from our side. But we feel this is the most DIY, most punk rock way we can bring new music to you without compromise. Ultimately though, we need your support more than ever. We are taking pre-sales via our secure online store at www.uksubs.co.uk/store. Once preordered, you will be added to a special exclusive mailing list which we’ll use to keep you in the loop with regular updates and exclusive content sent directly to your inbox, much like our previous campaigns. So what’s on offer? Well, due to the sheer scale of the project, we want to keep this release as simple as possible. Therefore, the EP, as of yet untitled, will come on a 12” splattered colour vinyl with a CD attached, limited to the duration of the campaign. For the vinyl purist, a black vinyl will also be available but won’t come with the CD. There will also be an exclusive Tshirt in a number of colour ways as well as an exclusive enamel badge, test pressings and all kinds of things. Plus of course we will have the official launch party at the Queens Hall, Nuneaton in November, which is always a riot!
We’re super excited for this project and we hope you will be too. Head over to www.uksubs.co.uk/store to check it all out.
 
Much love, Charlie, Alvin, Steve and Jamie."
 
NEW EP CAMPAIGN STORE: CLICK HERE
EP Campaign 12" splatter vinyl with CD, black vinyl, test pressings, t-shirts, badges, hoodie, launch party tickets and various bundles available...
"Campaign items are for pre-order only and are due to ship in November 2018. Any standard shop items ordered in the same shopping cart as EP campaign items will ship together in November 2018."
NEW EP CAMPAIGN STORE: CLICK HERE
 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONCERNING THE EP - CLICK HERE
 

28/05: U.K. SUBS PICTURED WITH ROBERT PLANT

The Subs have today posted the following picture on their Facebook page of themselves (minus Steve) with Led Zeppelin's legendary frontman Robert Plant... (click image to enlarge)

U.K. SUBS FACEBOOK: "UK Subs and Robert Plant this weekend. So much fun at Bearded Theory. Great end to the UK tour. Big thanks to all who made it out to see us!!"

ALVIN GIBBS' FACEBOOK PHOTO COMMENT: "Got a couple of tasty updates to share with you in the near future my dear Facebook chums but, firstly, wanted to thank everybody who attended our very enjoyable Spring UK tour which came to a blistering conclusion with two festival appearances this past weekend. The first of those gatherings, the wonderful Bearded Theory fest in Derbyshire, saw us share a stage with the likes of the Bermondsey Joyriders, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Robert Plant and his band the Sensational Space Shifters (try saying that fast after you’ve had a couple of wines!). I’ve been lucky in getting to meet some musically influential prime movers over the years: got to hang out with Joey Ramone in New York when I was playing with Iggy Pop, conversed with both David Bowie and Alice Cooper during that same period; got shown around Abbey Road studios by Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople fame and stood shoulder-to-shoulder playing on stage with Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, among other notable encounters during my musical career. Meeting Robert Plant and discovering what an easy going and ego-free guy he was on Saturday was definitely up there too. Both Charlie Harper and I both got to see Led Zeppelin back in the day. Chas saw them play in a small pub in South London in 1969 – when Charlie told Plant this the singer recalled the name of the hostelry (the Toby Jug, apparently) and even where it was situated – while I caught them six years later at one of their Earls Court gigs… ‘oh, that was 1975’ said Robert ‘I’m afraid Alvin we were just going through the motions by then’ he revealed. His guitarist, Skin, was also a top bloke, as was the rest of his band to a man. Some of you may have already seen Jamie Oliver’s post featuring this pic, but for those who haven’t here’s a photographic memento of that joyful occasion."

14/05: SECOND 15-CD U.K. SUBS BOXSET INFO ANNOUNCED

Edsel Records, a division of the DEMON MUSIC GROUP will be issuing two magnificent U.K. Subs CD boxsets this year, comprising an awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping collectors' delight of 30 CDs in total.

Limited to 1,000 copies worldwide, the second boxset (pictured - click images to enlarge) will have all the U.K. Subs' alphabetically released official albums from 'Normal Service Resumed' to 'Ziezo', with those 13 discs being augmented by an additional 2 'Bonus Cuts' discs, crammed with singles, b-sides and rarities.

Volume 2 has a release date of 3 August 2018.

Produced in association with Captain Oi! Records and Chase The Ace Design, with help and advice from T&M, information regarding the first boxset, due out on 1 June 2018 can be viewed on this previous news story link:

http://www.uksubstimeandmatter.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19919:25-april-2018&catid=1390&Itemid=157

The two boxsets will have a matching design, with the first 15-CD set boasting the albums 'Another Kind Of Blues' to 'Mad Cow Fever', plus another 2 'Bonus Cuts' discs, again with some tasty non-LP Subs delights.

These releases promise to be the ultimate U.K. Subs collectors item that every Subs fanatic will cherish and love, representing a stunning tribute to one of the greatest punk band's of them all.

Charlie has also signed a printed card keepsake in each set - this one being a print of one of his paintings - see the picture right (click to enlarge).

Volume 2 is available to pre-order on Amazon now, with the following 'product description':

"This year the UK Subs celebrate their 40th anniversary with two comprehensive box sets rounding up all 26 of their albums and associated singles and b-sides. Each album has been remastered so that the Subs have never looked or sounded better. The band set out in 1979 to release an album for each letter of the alphabet and finally completed the task in 2017. This fifteen disc 261 track CD Book Set contains the second half of the A-Z series (N - Z), plus two discs of non LP singles, B-sides and rare compilation album tracks. Each album is packaged in a 7" sleeve featuring a replica of its original front cover with each CD a picture disc, all bound together in a strong hard back casing. Made with 11 guitarists, twelve bassists, Fifteen drummers….and one lead singer! "

PRE-ORDER LINK VOL 2:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07D2MXNNH/ref=sr_1_4?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1526298784&sr=1-4&keywords=uk+subs

PRE-ORDER LINK VOL 1:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Albums-1-M-U-K-Subs/dp/B07CL6RWQ3/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1524600883&sr=1-1&refinements=p_32%3AUK+SUBS

 

13/05: ALVIN GIBBS SOLO LP UPDATE No.1

 
As announced on 29 April, Time & Matter Records have signed up U.K. Subs bassist Alvin Gibbs to release his debut solo album, with a release date pencilled in for December 2018.
 
With Alvin already exclusively writing and publishing his ever-popular memoirs on the T&M website, the T&M label booked Alvin into a studio for the initial recording sessions in London at the beginning of May 2018.
 
With the LP going under the title 'Your Disobedient Servant', Alvin's solo debut has an artist title of ALVIN GIBBS & THE DISOBEDIENT SERVANTS, with the first three days of recording being declared a fabulous success with T&M having already heard some rough mixes which bode extremely well for the final release...
 
Alvin intends getting in some surprise guest musicians to augment his singing as well as his guitar and bass playing, but the initial recording sessions have been completed with Steve Crittall at Steve's own studio: Racknophobia Studios in Soho. (Steve pictured left - click to enlarge)

Steve recently played guitar on the Subs re-recording of Hey Santa Claus! for a Cleopatra Records' Xmas Compilation back in 2015, but is also guitarist with the reformed Godfathers, their last album ('A Big Bad Beautiful Noise') being produced and mixed at Steve's studio (http://www.sohorecordingservices.com/).
 
Steve recently posted a picture of Alvin in his studio on his Facebook page which you can see above (click to enlarge)...

...and T&M spoke to Steve for our first update:

"Day 1 was Alvin laying down guide guitar tracks, and we've just finished the first three days at my Racknophobia Studios in Soho working up basic templates and guide tracks for six songs on Alvin's forthcoming solo opus.
Despite the scant amount of time invested so far, we can already tell that we've got something of a monster album on our hands. Very early days yet but we're both very excited with the results so far and can't wait to press on with the next episode. Watch this space!!"
 
 
 
Above: Steve in action - click images to enlarge...
Below: Exclusive photo of Alvin in the studio for T&M thanks to Steve - click to enlarge... 


 
Steve's song writing pedigree for The Godfathers is impressive, he co-wrote seven of the songs with Peter Coyne for the last album and you may recognise the guitar that Alvin is playing in this... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXU217liwhI
 
T&M will be supplying all the latest news and updates regarding this exciting project - Update number 2 will follow asap...

01/05: CHARLIE & GAYE BLACK SHARE ART EXHIBITION

 
Charlie has a joint art exhibition with former Adverts bassist Gaye Black booked for a week in June in East Sussex at the Waterloo Square Gallery. Click the poster right to enlarge...
 
The opening night will be Saturday 23 June 2018 between 6:00pm and 9:00pm when you will be able to meet both artists.
 
The exhibition will run until the following Saturday, 30 June 2018, with opening times throughout the whole run being from 10:00am until 5:00pm.
 
The Waterloo Square Gallery address is 5 Waterloo Square, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5UD and admission to the exhibition is free. For further enquiries the telephone number is 01323 870309.
 
 
Gallery Facebook page:
 

29/04: T&M RECORDS SIGN ALVIN GIBBS FOR SOLO LP

 
Time & Matter Records are absolutely thrilled to announce that they have signed up U.K. Subs bassist Alvin Gibbs to release his debut solo album, with a release date pencilled in for November or December 2018.
 
With Alvin already exclusively writing and publishing his ever-popular memoirs on the T&M website, the T&M label have straight-away booked Alvin into a studio for some initial recording sessions in London at the beginning, as well as at the end of May 2018.
 
Ostensibly a ‘solo album’, however, because Alvin intends on getting in some surprise guest musicians to augment his singing as well as his guitar and bass playing, the project will be released under the artist title
 
ALVIN GIBBS & THE DISOBEDIENT SERVANTS.
 
With recording at Steve Crittall’s (Soho Steve) recording studio due to commence next week, Alvin enthusiastically spoke to T&M about his forthcoming debut album:
 
“Well I think I've written some tasty tunes for my T&M solo album. I’ve got 12 songs now, mostly in the style of ‘Sidewalk Baby’ (from the T&M Urban Dogs LP ‘Attack’), certainly it’s more Urban Dogs than Subs.
I even have a song that I sing in French called ‘Mes Années de Libération’ which translates as ‘My Years of Liberation’, it being a kind of retrospective of my years playing Punk rock music. Really looking forward to getting into it at Steve's studio in Soho and bringing these songs to fruition…”
 
Other song titles from the solo album to act as a teaser are ‘The Camden Town Gigolo’, ‘Clumsy Fingers’, ‘Dumb’, ‘Ghost Train’ and ‘I'm Not Crying Now’. 
 
T&M have also asked Alvin to write a studio diary for this hugely exciting project, which will be published on the website, with the current working LP title being ‘Your Disobedient Servant’.
 
T&M will carry regular progress reports, although we won’t yet reveal artwork or guest musician details, however, we can confirm that the album will initially be released as a coloured vinyl LP, with a CD of the album included.
 
Thanks to Dod Morrision for the above photo:
https://www.facebook.com/Dod-Morrison-photography-119349811428086/
 

25/04: TWO 15-CD U.K. SUBS BOXSETS TO BE RELEASED

Edsel Records, a division of the DEMON MUSIC GROUP will be issuing two magnificent U.K. Subs CD boxsets this year, comprising an awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping collectors' delight of 30 CDs in total.

Limited to 1,000 copies worldwide, the first boxset (pictured - click images to enlarge) will have all the U.K. Subs' alphabetically released official albums from 'Another Kind Of Blues' to 'Mad Cow Fever', with those 13 discs being augmented by an additional 2 'Bonus Cuts' discs, crammed with singles, b-sides and rarities.

Produced in association with Captain Oi! Records and Chase The Ace Design, with help and advice from T&M, the first boxset is due out on 1 June 2018 with the second collection due sometime after this.

The two boxsets will have a matching design, with the second 15-CD set boasting the albums 'Normal Service Resumed' to 'Ziezo', plus another 2 'Bonus Cuts' discs, again with some tasty non-LP Subs delights.

These releases promise to be the ultimate U.K. Subs collectors item that every Subs fanatic will cherish and love, representing a stunning tribute to one of the greatest punk band's of them all.

Charlie has also signed a printed card keepsake in each set - see the picture right (click to enlarge).

Volume 1 is available to pre-order on Amazon now, with the following 'product description':

"Each box also contains a signed frame-able print by frontman Charlie Harper The band set out in 1979 to release an album for each letter of the alphabet and finally completed the task in 2017. This fifteen disc 279 track CD Book Set contains the first thirteen albums (A - M), plus two discs of non LP singles, B-sides and rare compilation album tracks. "Another Kind Of Blues" (No.21), "Brand New Age" (No.18), "Crash Course" (No.8) and "Diminished Responsibility" (No.18) all charted in the UK album charts" Down On The Farm" from 1982's "Endangered Species" was covered by Guns 'n' Roses on their multi-million selling "Spaghetti Incident" album. Discs 14 and 15 in this superbly packaged set contain 58 non LP cuts including the UK hit singles "Stranglehold" (No.26), "Tomorrows Girls" (No.28), "She's Not There" (No.36), "Warhead" (No.30), "Teenage" (No.32), "Party In Paris" (No.37) and "Keep On Runnin'" (No.41) plus the Independent Chart hits "Countdown" (No.8), "Shake Up The City" (No.13) and "Another Typical City" (No.11). Each album is packaged in a 7" sleeve featuring a replica of its original front cover with each CD a picture disc, all bound together in a strong hard back casing. Made with five guitarists, eight bass players, eight drummers…and one Vocalist! Each album has been remastered so that the Subs have never looked or sounded better."

PRE-ORDER LINK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Albums-1-M-U-K-Subs/dp/B07CL6RWQ3/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1524600883&sr=1-1&refinements=p_32%3AUK+SUBS

 

 News on Volume 2 will follow soon...

18/04: BRAND NEW U.K. SUBS ALBUM OUT IN JUNE


As previously reported on T&M back in November, the U.K. Subs have recorded a brand new studio album. Having completed their official studio album journey of albums titled from A to Z, this new album is purely an album of cover versions.

This new studio collection, recorded by the current Subs line-up of Harper, Straughan, Gibbs and Oliver is nattily entitled SUBVERSIONS and will be released on US-based label Cleopatra Records on 22 June 2018...

'Subversions' will be available on CD as well as a on red-coloured vinyl - which will be limited to 500 copies.

The album consists of 12 cover songs, which the band chose themselves, and was recorded at Pat Collier's Perry Vale Studios in London last year, where the last few Subs A-Z albums were recorded.

Click on each individual song title's link to find out more about that particular song.

Side A

Kick Out The Jams 
Train Kept A Rollin
I Don't Need No Doctor  
Boston Babies 
Tired Of Waking Up Tired 
This Perfect Day

Side B
 
 

16/04: U.K. SUBS TO TOUR USA WEST COAST IN OCTOBER

***ANNOUNCEMENT***
The U.K. Subs will be touring the USA West Coast this October over a two-and-a-half week period playing 14 shows.
They will be playing with Agent Orange and Guttermouth.

The dates are as follows, with tickets available at all the usual outlets...

October 2018
 
USA West Coast tour
 
11: San Jose CA, the Ritz
12: San Francisco CA, Slims 
13: Reno NV, Jub Jub’s Thirsty Parlor 
15: Portland OR, Wonder Ballroom 
16: Seattle WA, El Corazon 
18: Salt Lake City UT, Metro Music Hall 
19: Fort Collins CO, Hodis Half Note
20: Denver CO, Black Sheep
21: Denver CO, Oriental Theatre
23: Albuquerque NM, Sister Bar
25: Mesa AZ, Club Red
26: Long Beach CA, Alex’s Club 
27: Santa Ana CA, the Observatory 
28: San Diego, the Observatory
 

13/04: CHARLIE ON COVER AND IN NEW ISSUE OF VLR MAG

After picking up his Vive Le Rock magazine 'Icon' award recently in London, Charlie is featured on the brand new issue's (#53) front cover alongside The Damned's Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible as well as Michael Monroe.

There is also an interview with Charlie inside this 'Vive Le Rock awards collectors gatefold issue' special edition:

"All the legends, all the action and performances minute by minute are covered . Everyone Interviewed - The Damned, Charlie Harper - UK SUBS, Michael Monroe, The Selecter, Ginger Wildheart, Cock Sparrer, TV Smith, The Professionals, Shakin' Stevens, plus Robert Gordon, The Undertones, Monster Magnet and Balaam and the Angel." 

AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW at:
https://vivelerock.net/product-category/vive-le-rock/

 

10/04: NEW CHARLIE HARPER SOLO ALBUM

Charlie is all set to self-release his brand new solo album - his second solo outing, an incredible 36 years after his solo debut 'Stolen Property' in 1982!

Entitled 'Little Black Crow', it will initially be available on CD, and on sale at Yuko's merchandise stall at forthcoming gigs as well as via mail order exclusively through the T&M webshop, from Thursday 12 April 2018.

The new album - on 'Road Dog Records', which is Charlie's own new label imprint has 14 tracks as follows:

1. THE FOX
2. THE CUCKOO
3. SAN FRANCISCO BAY
4. DRUNKEN SAILOR
5. RIDING IN MY CAR
6. RAIL ROAD BILL
7. LITTLE BLACK CROW
8. SPOKANE SPECIAL
9. INSPIRATION
10. HOBOS LULLABY
11. GOING TO THE ZOO
12. TRUE LOVE WILL FIND YOU
13. OLD MAN TRUMP
14. FROGGIE WENT A COURTIN
 
The set comprises 3 Harper originals, 5 traditional songs arranged by Charlie, 2 cover version songs as well as 4 songs written by legendary American singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie.
 
The album was recorded and mixed over 5 days in September 2017 at The Brighton Road Recording Studios at Newtimber in West Sussex and features Charlie playing 6 and 12-string guitar as well as harmonica.
 
Ali Gavan, who jointly runs the studio played drums and piano and The Ramonas' Victoria Smith played bass. Charlie himself played harmonica on one of the tracks on the recent brilliant Ramonas debut LP, which was also put down at the same studio.
 
As well Charlie, Vicky and Ali, they were joined in the studio by Attila The Stockbroker on fiddle, who posted a photo (seen to the right) of himself in the studio with Charlie on 25 September 2017, on his Facebook page.
 
The CD is a limited run of 500 copies and the LP is due in the next few months on yellow vinyl, which will be limited to 300 copies. T&M will again be distributing this via our mail order shop.
 
The album title 'Little Black Crow', is taken from one of the acoustic songs Charlie recorded for the bonus disc of the U.K. Subs 2013 'XXIV' CD release. Charlie produced the new album himself and the artwork was done by Jack Hamilton, who also did the art on The Ramonas' aforementioned release.
 
 Talking exclusively to T&M, Charlie described the album as "...a children's album adults will love..." and is hoping to record a follow up solo album later this year, time permitting. Of his newly written songs Charlie revealed that "'Spokane Special' is a country blues, harmonica fuelled song in the style of Sonny Terry, Spokane being a city in the state of Washington in the northwestern USA which was a sort of crossroads for Hobos..."
 
Charlie's other new song, called 'Inspiration', was actually initiated via Charlie and Alvin trying to write a chanson, or French style story song which Charlie developed the chord sequence from subsequently. 
 
Charlie also enthused about his serendipitous version of 'True Love Will Find You', a song which he had never heard of by Daniel Johnston, before "...someone said to Jamie at a Subs gig 'has Charlie recorded that song by Daniel Johnston', which led me to look it up, listen to it and actually love it and now record it..."

09/04: CHARLIE HARPER GIVEN 'VIVE LE ROCK' AWARD

Charlie Harper was given an award onstage at the recent inaugural 'Vive Le Rock' awards, held in London at the O2 Islington Academy on 28 March 2018.

His 'King Rocker / Icon' award can be seen pictured right, along with his brand new album 'Little Black Crow'


Charlie performed on stage a couple of old U.K. Subs classic numbers, 'Stranglehold' and 'C.I.D.', adorned by a brass section, and was given his award by great friend Captain Sensible.

Thanks to Keith Rainbow for the gig photos and Yuko for the mantelpiece pic...

Click the photos to enlarge

https://vivelerock.net/ 

https://www.facebook.com/vivelerockworld/

08/04: ALVIN GIBBS CUSTOM BASS STRINGS

U.K. Subs four-stringer Mr Alvin Gibbs now has his own custom range of bass strings through the Skull Strings company in France.

Illustrating this news story is one of the new pack covers.


Alvin has commented that:

"...living in France, it’s gratifying to me for have an association with a French company, especially one that has embraced and offered such generous deals to other musicians from within the Punk Rock fraternity. They sound and play great, and I’m very much looking forward to thrashing out my basslines on these suckers on the U.K. Subs’ forthcoming UK Spring tour..."

06/04: 'TIN CAN MEDIA' CHARLIE HARPER INTERVIEW 

The 'Tin Can Media' collective have recently posted an excellent half-hour interview with Charlie Harper via their 'Musical Osmosis' webpage.

You can hear the full interview at:

http://www.tincan.media/mo/2018/03/29/charlie-harper-from-the-uk-subs/

Tin Can Media are an independent podcast network that covers everything from politics to comedy to trivia to music.

Full T&M news story with screen-shots archived on T&M HERE
 
05/04: JAMIE'S SIDE PROJECT BAND - YOU
 
DEBUT SINGLE OUT
 
U.K. Subs drummer Jamie Oliver's new side project band, YOU have just released their debut single 'Selfish', of which you can read a review at:
https://blogginrotten.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/you-selfish/
 
'Selfish' is coupled with one other song called 'Dissociative', and is available on a limited 500 copies black vinyl 7" single as well as a CD single. Recorded by Peter Dowsett at Ryp Recordings, mastered by Hippy at Metropolis, the artwork is by Beka Pritchards at crowconut.com
 
 
 
The T&M webshop have copies available and you can keep up to date with this exciting new band via their website and/or Facebook page:
 

 

14/03: ALVIN GIBBS' MEMOIRS - NEW CHAPTER PUBLISHED

ALVIN GIBBS:
Alvin Gibbs - click to enlarge
Diminished Responsibility: 
My Life as a UK Sub, and other Strange Stories...

CoolNew instalment published!Cool
Chapter 10 - Part 1: SOLIDARITY:
Our Small Part in the Fall of
General Jaruzelski and the Soviet empire...

T&M today proudly publishes the 25th instalment of this suberb series of memoirs from Alvin Gibbs about his life and U.K. Subs-experiences...

As usual, the latest episode boasts many previously unpublished photos from Alvin's personal archive...

Read the latest...

In which - after the Subs' long tour of the USA concludes - Alvin ponders the circumstances on which the U.K. Subs were chosen in 1983 to tour behind the Iron Curtain ahead of the communist-considered violent Village People, Alice Cooper's vandalism, the neo-fascism of Julio Iglesias, the racism of Judas Priest or the sex of Tina Turner?
Prior to Poland there's a brief stay at his new pad in London betwixt these 'extreme' tours, in which the latter sees the Subs playing 'Inflammable Material' off-stage!

Previous chapters are archived in the T & Misc! section
to the right entitled "Alvin Gibbs' memoirs"...
 

04/03: INTRODUCING... THE UKULELE SUBS!

 As this new band's Facebook page states:
"Ukulele covers of U.K. Subs songs. What did you expect?"
 
It was Neil Keenan, in 2017, who finally got a project together that he'd wanted to do for ages.

"It's a combination of two of my favourite things, namely the U.K. Subs and playing the ukulele. I started rehearsing with an old friend and fellow Subs fan Dave Fanning - who it turns out was taught bass at a youth club by Paul Slack! - and the Ukulele Subs were born. We added Satu Salonpaa on percussion and backing vocals and played our first gig at Bearded Theory's Spring Gathering 2017. We're back there again this year and, to our delight, the U.K. Subs themselves are also playing."
 
The band recently played a show at Knox's Rock N Roll Rescue charity shop in London on February 18, going down a storm, of which you can view some footage below...
 
Currently the band have the following Subs classic tracks in their set: B.1.C. (JB.1.C.), C.I.D., Emotional Blackmail, I Couldn't Be You, I'm Waiting For My Man, Keep on Running (Til You Burn), Killer, Left for Dead, Live in a Car, Party in Paris, Scum of the Earth, She's Not There, Stranglehold, Teenage, Telephone Numbers, Tomorrow's Girls, Victim, Warhead and World War.
 
Gig enquiries to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Neil on 07507 502557
 
 
Check out some footage of the band in action below:
 
 
 
FULL NEWS STORY ON T&M CLICK HERE

03/03: URBAN DOGS DEBUT ALBUM RE-ISSUED FOR RSD 2018

The Urban Dogs' debut LP is set for a double-LP coloured vinyl re-vamp re-issue for this year's Record Store Day on 21 April. This new re-release through Jungle Records features a live recording as the bonus LP alongside the b-sides from the band's first two singles, and will be issued on red vinyl.
There will be a CD issue as well, released April 27.

The promo sheet from Jungle has the following information:

‘URBAN DOGS’
Record Store Day 2xLP
• UK Subs’ CHARLIE HARPER + Vibrators’ KNOX 1983 rock collaboration
• 35th Anniversary Issue on limited red vinyl with bonus LP full of unheard tracks!
 
35th Anniversary reissue of Punk rock collaboration (UK SUBS' Charlie Harper with THE VIBRATORS' Knox, with the Subs’ Alvin Gibbs plus Matthew Best), debut album in Limited Edition RED vinyl, + bonus, previously unreleased LP with 3 7" b-sides and a live gig.  First time on vinyl since the original 1983 release. Gatefold sleeve with the original artwork, a photo-collage by Knox (in tribute to the Stones' Exile on Main Street cover). 
In 1983 the UK Subs and the Vibrators found themselves at a loose end after some lengthy touring. Old friends Charlie Harper and Ian 'Knox' Carnochan got together and started making some music they shared a common love for. Along with a cover of the New York Dolls and Iggy & the Stooges, they added their own compositions that fitted.  A couple of punk classics emerged; both 'New Barbarians' and 'Limo Life' https://youtu.be/H48sUXcoNHI were chosen for release as 7" singles. Charlie and Knox, as the Urban Dogs went on to record a number of further albums together, and the collaboration continues to this day.
Disc 1: New Barbarians, Limo Life, New Baptism, I Need A Slave, Dragnet, War Babies, Human Race, I Wanna Be Your Dog, Sex Kick, Be Friends, A Bridge Too Far, Human Being. 
Disc 2: 7” b-sides: Cocaine, Speed Kills, Warhead (ext. ver; unreleased).  Live, previously unreleased: New Barbarians, Wanna World, I Wanna Be Your Dog, Warhead, The Word, Limo Life, Troops of Tomorrow.
LP Cat No: FALLLP060 5013145306031
CD Cat No: FALLCD060 5013145306024 CD: APRIL 27

https://recordstoreday.co.uk/home/

27/02: CHARLIE TO PLAY AT THE VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS

Charlie Harper has been confirmed to play at the first 'Vive Le Rock' awards, to be held in London at the O2 Islington Academy on 28 March 2018.
The Vive Le Rock website has posted the following news story:

"GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE VIVE AWARDS!!!
Tickets are selling fast for the first ever Vive Le Rock Awards!
Already shaping up to be the rock’n’roll event of the year, the awards, which are sponsored by AEG Presents, will take place at the O2 Islington Academy in London on 28 March hosted by Ginger Wildheart and featuring 7 special live performances from Ginger, The Professionals, the UK Subs’ Charlie Harper TV Smith and The Vive Le Rockers, featuring members of The Urban Voodoo Machine, The Ruts and Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind – plus very special guests to be announced!!! You really don’t want to miss this!!!
Tickets for the awards, including a special VIP ticket allowing holders to hang out with the bands and award-winners in the private backstage bar and at the aftershow party, are available here! Book now because once they’re gone, they’re gone!
Guaranteed to be a wild night, votes are still being taken for the awards for Best Live Band and New Blood.

26/02: NEW EMBROIDERED U.K. SUBS BLACK BAG

U.K. Subs' official online merchandiser 'Mainstage Merch' have just released some great looking U.K. Subs red star logo bags.
"This has to be the best UK SUBS Bag ever!!! One of a superb range of high quality essential bags which are a must for fans of all these classic bands." 
Further details:
Clean and classic styling. Full cotton lining. Antique brass effect fittings. Zippered organiser section under front flap. Internal slip pocket. Padded base. Rip-Strip™ closure. Adjustable shoulder strap. 

The Dimensions of the bag are 37 x 29 x 11cm with a capacity of 13 Litres.
Embroidery - 18 Tubular hoop / Print Area - 32 x 18cm
Washing Instructions - Sponge clean only.
 
 
Click the above picture to enlarge - view further detailed photos HERE
 
25/02: BRILLIANT NEW CHARLIE INTERVIEW ABOUT HIS ART
 
The Punk Lounge website has just published an absolutely superb and fascinating interview with Charlie by Erin Marie about his paintings and his art...

"Yeah, my grandmother got me some kind of colouring books and stuff and then the next thing, I was at school around 5 or 6 and we had these raffia classes (raffia is a fibre obtained from the leaves of the raffia palm, used for tying plants and other objects and for making mats, baskets, hats and the like,) where you make this sort if table mate with raffia and I got commended for mine.  I can still remember it..."
 
 
05/02: JAMIE'S NEW SIDE PROJECT BAND - YOU
 
U.K. Subs drummer Jamie Oliver's new side project band, YOU will be touring in March in support of their debut single 'Selfish', of which you can read a review at:
https://blogginrotten.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/you-selfish/
 
You can keep up to date with this exciting new band via their website and/or Facebook:

http://youbanduk.com/

https://www.facebook.com/youbanduk/
 

22/01: PUNKERAMA RECORDS' 'ENDANGERED SPECIES' 7" PRE-ORDER

Belfast based record label Punkerama Records will be issuing a new 7" U.K. Subs single soon and it is available to pre-order now at £9-00 plus postage and packaging.
Limited to 500 copies spread over 3 different colours, the split comprises 150 on splatter vinyl, 175 on purple  and 175 on pink.
The A-side will be 'Endangered Species' and the B-side is 'Lie Down And Die', with Punkerama citing the reason for the release being "...this is the single that should have been lifted from the album..."
Punkerama are stating that they are looking at between 4-6 weeks for pressing and delivery.

PRE-ORDER LINK BELOW
 
 

15/01: '100 CLUB' FULL GIG FOOTAGE ON YOUTUBE

Thanks to 'YeAuldMetaller' on YouTube you can watch the whole Subs performance from last night's gig at the 100 Club below - it is also archived on T&M HERE

Update 18/01: Bluetributetv.com gig review by Curt Dennis can be viewed here:
http://bluestributetv.com/uk-subs-resolution-fest-review/?i=2

12/01: U.K. SUBS' FIRST GIG OF 2018...

The Subs' first gig of the new year is in Hinckley today, the first of 3 gigs in England, before the Subs set off for their annual new year European tour through til the middle of February...
 

11/01: CHARLIE GUEST APPEARANCE WITH THE RAMONAS

Charlie put in a guest appearance with The Ramonas for their in-store acoustic show at the Vinyl Revolution shop in Brighton in order to promote the vinyl release of The Ramonas brilliant debut album 'First World Problems'.

A full gig review and lots of photos, with video footage can be viewed at: http://scenesussex.uk/the-ramonas-vinyl/

BUY THE RAMONAS SUPERB ALBUM VIA T&M at:
http://timematterrecordings.bigcartel.com/

09/01: U.K. SUBS FEATURE ON ITV NEWS REPORT

ITV Anglia’s feature on the 40th Anniversary of punk, featuring U.K. Subs, Andrew Gibson, Steve Ignorant, Steve Spon and Matthew Worley... (Full news story click here)
 
01/01: HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM T&M
 
From 2018, T&M has decided that more instantaneous, and up-to-date Subs news is more easily obtainable from the official U.K. Subs page on Facebook as well as the U.K. Subs Fan Club on Facebook, both of which T&M set up.

Unfortunately, websites such as this one are now playing second-fiddle to social media giants such as Facebook, and people tend to go to those sites first whilst surfing the 'net. Time & Matter will continue to document and archive U.K. Subs news stories, but with less regularity than before.
However, our U.K. Subs Tour Dates page will remain the most up-to-date 'go-to' webpage on the internet for the Subs faithful to see where the band are playing.
Please, however, still contact us if you have any news relating to any ex-member of the Subs and we will run it.

 

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...PREVIOUS T&M HOMEPAGE SELECTED NEWS STORIES
(To be archived soon...)

 3 CHARLIE SOLO SHOW SUPPORTS TO THE SKIDS IN 2018

Three new Charlie Harper solo shows for next year have just been announced, all of which sees the Subs frontman supporting The Skids again:

June 2018

June 7th - Sub 89, Reading
June 8th - The Cheese and Grain, Frome
June 9th - The Tramshed, Cardiff 

U.K. SUBS NEW ALBUM OF COVER VERSIONS PLANNED

*Charlie reveals new 'covers' album plans for US based label in website interview*
 
The essexlive.news website 'What's On' section has today - 22 November 2017 - published an interview with Charlie ahead of the Subs' forthcoming gig in Southend, in which he talks about a new U.K. Subs album of cover versions...

"Cleopatra (an American independent label) want us to put out a covers album, revealed Charlie. It's all there we've done covers throughout our career so it's money for old rope.
There'll be some Iggy, some MC5, some Jonathan Richman, all old stuff we used to play..."
 
Click here to read the full interviewed which is also reproduced on T&M HERE

 Charlie Harper Interview on 'Retropopic' Radio Show 

The 'Retropopic' radio show at 2RRR in Sydney, run by Neil Saint has recently put up online a superb brand new interview with Charlie Harper which you can hear via mixcloud.com
 

RETROPOPIC 27
THE UK SUBS & OTHER MUSICAL STORIES: Exclusive Charlie Harper interview 

*Exclusive interview with UK Subs frontman and Punk Icon Charlie Harper!*

"Whilst The UK Subs have been going for 40 years now, what was Charlie's musical history before the band? How did he stumble across punk? Who are the artists he admires? What are the songs he loves? Why does he think the group have got through so many band members? How were Punk classics 'Warhead' & 'Stranglehold' written? What does he think of 'The Pistols' & 'The Clash'? Find out about the gigging experience and The Subs concert strongholds. What exactly is 'Punk Muscle Memory'? Has The UK Subs' audience changed over the years...
Find out the answers to all these questions by listening to the interview. Remember RETROPOPIC loves all classic pop whatever the genre and the radio show is the home to the exclusive interview. Stream in globally on 2rrr.org.au to catch the show each Friday at 2100 Sydney time...."

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW AT:
https://www.mixcloud.com/FrenchSpurs1/retropopic-26-the-uk-subs-other-anecdotes/
 
The interview was subsequently edited into a full 'The Story Of The UK Subs' show, which you can listen to at:
https://www.mixcloud.com/FrenchSpurs1/retropopic-32-the-story-of-the-uk-subs/
 

"Exclusive interview with Charlie Harper, founder and lead singer of The UK Subs. How did he get into punk in the first place? What are the groups and records he loves? Why have the band got through so many members? Listen to great UK Subs songs alongside The Clash, The Damned, The Ramones & Elvis."
 
   Alvin Gibbs Pledge Music Site  

Alvin Gibbs has started a new Pledge Campaign!

Alvin Gibbs has now started his own Pledge Campaign for his latest book 'Some Weird Sin: On Tour With Iggy Pop' - where you can purchase the book signed, unsigned as well as get a new art print in the Pledge Store
Check it out here: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/alvingibbs


  New CD From Steve Straughan's Hi-Fi Spitfires  

Click to enlargeU.K. Subs guitarist, Steve Straughan, has been busy in the down time between Subs commitments and has recorded a new five track CD with his other band, Hi-Fi Spitfires.

Entitled 'Doors To The USA', the release features four new tracks and a new version of 'Last Gang' that appears on Steve's solo album of the same name.

Recorded at Trinity Heights in Newcastle, the line-up is:
Steve Straughan - Vocals & Guitar, Nelly - Drums & Backing Vocals and Tony Taylor - Bass & Backing Vocals.

TRACK LISTING:

1. Doors To The USA
2. Fake City
3. Berlin
4. Don't Take My Heart
5. Last Gang

T&M are pleased to be able to stock copies in our web-shop and you can get your copy HERE!


  Charlie Harper Appears On Ramonas 'Original' Debut Album  

Click to enlargeAll female Ramones tribute act, The Ramonas, have released a brand new album of all original material entitled 'First World Problems' and it features the harmonica playing talents of Charlie Harper.

Charlie plays on 'Tearaway' after asking the band if he could play on one of their tracks.

Click to enlarge'Treble with the bass' website gave the album a glowing review stating; "This is definitely an album The Ramonas should be proud of and for any Punk fans out there it is a definite one for the list. The album with all it’s grit and edge is everything Punk stands for."

Read the whole review HERE.

Best known for their blistering sets of Ramones songs, 'First World Problems' sees the band blossom as song writers in their own right and can be currently seen playing sets of all original material up and down the country, including a support slot with the U.K. Subs at The Con Club in Lewes on the 26th of November.

T&M are pleased to able to stock copies of the CD in our web-shop, you can get your copy HERE!

You can also preview the album on The Ramonas' website


   EXCLUSIVE T&M INTERVIEW  

    with the original U.K. Subs drummer   

    ROB HARPER   

T&M is today (31 October 2017) extremely proud to publish an exclusive interview with Rob Harper.
With the 40th anniversary of the U.K. Subs having occurred a few months back in the summer of 2017 - see the advert below - original Subs sticksman Rob Harper holds a fascinating place in the early history of the Punk rock scene, as a key original member of the U.K. Subs in 1977 when they changed their name from the Marauders, via The Subs and eventually to U.K. Subs around the summer of that year, having played on the band's first ever demo (more on this link), and of course, prior to this he was an early drummer for Punk legends The Clash, occupying their hot-seat from December 1976 until January 1977, or, to further highlight his Punk rock credentials, Rob was there with The Clash and the Sex Pistols during their legendary and infamous 'Anarchy Tour', much publicised at the time and much mythologised since due to the furore surrounding this tour to end all tours!
Time & Matter editor Mark Chadderton interviews Rob at length and in detail about his extraordinary experiences both with The Clash, other legendary musicians, the U.K. Subs as well as his (unfortunately) long forgotten brilliant Power-Pop band the Dazzlers, which also included ex-original U.K. Subs bassist Steve Slack!
 
 
 EARLIEST U.K. SUBS GIG ADVERTISEMENT - JULY 1977


From the Alain De Rycke collectionAbove: Two classified ads from Melody Maker, 16th July 1977,
currently the earliest known U.K. Subs gigs advertised, for the 15th and 18th July 1977.

Below: Rob playing drums with The Clash, 1976.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ROB HARPER INTERVIEW


U.K. Subs in 1978 BBC Documentary Clip Appears Online

The 'BBC Archive' on Twitter (@BBCArchive') recently (12 October 2017) posted a fascinating clip lasting 9 minutes and 44 seconds, from the 1978 BBC Omnibus programme documentary entitled 'The Record Machine', with the tweet information reading:

"#OTD 1978: The Mekons, Sham 69, ATV, The Slits and the UK Subs discussed the complex relationship between punk, publicity and profit".

Featuring John Peel interviewing the various bands, the clip includes a headline quote from Charlie Harper as follows:

"We done a gig for fourteen pound - and we lost two quid"

The clip was edited together from different sections of the original documentary, with the Subs appearing at 7.58 until the end of the clip... which you can watch below:
 
 
Original YouTube link HERE
  ALVIN GIBBS' MEMOIRS - NEW CHAPTER PUBLISHED  
 
ALVIN GIBBS:
Alvin Gibbs - click to enlarge
Diminished Responsibility: 
My Life as a UK Sub, and other Strange Stories...

***Updated 16 October 2017***

CoolNew instalment published!Cool
Chapter 9: SHAKE UP THE CITY (part 3)

T&M today proudly publishes the 24th instalment of this suberb series of memoirs from Alvin Gibbs about his life and U.K. Subs-experiences...

As usual, the latest episode boasts many previously unpublished photos from Alvin's personal archive...

Read the latest...

In which our narrator can only get work as a virtually unpaid Dog, cannot prevent the sad departure of Chutch, breaks records at CBGB's , witnesses Harper's abhorrence of furniture fag-burns at Elvis' abode, nearly talks himself into a drive-by shooting a la Easy Rider, increasingly questions the ambitions of the Subs American management and the map reading 'skills' of tour arrangers, enjoys downtime with the in-laws and takes a (very) short cab-ride and parties with Billy Idol and Arturo Vega...

Previous chapters are archived in the T & Misc! section
to the right entitled "Alvin Gibbs' memoirs"...


   Alvin Gibbs Revamped Iggy Pop Book Out Now  

Subs bassist Alvin Gibbs has just had his brilliant book on his time touring as part of the Iggy Pop band re-published in an expanded and updated form. Also retitled from the original 'Neighbourhood Threat' to 'Some Weird Sin', Alvin put out the following information via his Facebook page on 24 July:

"For those who have been following my regular scribblings for the uksubstimeandmatter.net website entitled ‘Diminished Responsibility: My Life as a UK Subs, and Other Strange Stories’, I’m aware it has been awhile since I’ve provided you all with an additional memoir episode. The reason for this is that I’ve been intensely immersed in another writing project that has finally come to fruition.

As of today you can purchase a new edition of the book first published in 1996 detailing my extraordinary experiences as the bass player to Iggy Pop on an eight-month world tour taking in pretty much every major city, along with some less renowned locations, across six continents.

Having realised it was almost thirty years since that tour commenced at the Whisky a-go-go in Los Angeles in 1988 and with the two original issues being out of print for some years now, I thought it was time for an updated version of the book with some fresh stories and information that I was unable to include in the previous two English editions, plus added photos, a renovation of some of the writing and the addition of a revised Intro chapter and an up-to-date Outro section detailing what all the main players on the tour have been doing since its conclusion in February 1989 up to the present day.

To signify these changes I’ve also retitled it ‘Some Weird Sin: On Tour with Iggy Pop’ (formally ‘Neighbourhood Threat’) this being, I believe, a more appropriate title for the candid new content in addition to the original designation only having been a working title that nonetheless continued to be utilised on both prior English releases, plus the French language version distributed by Camion Blanc in 2010. This latest version is brought to you via a joint publishing venture between Vive le Rock magazine’s book division, Extradition Books, and Cadiz Music Publishing. It is priced at a reasonable £15 – some former editions were selling for as much as £60 on a well-known auction site! – and is available now to order on the Extradition Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Etraditionbooks/


I will also be signing copies of ‘Some Weird Sin’ at the Vive le Rock stall at the Rebellion Festival next month. So, why not treat yourselves to a copy and discover what is was truly like to be a band member touring the globe with one of the most incendiary and rousing exponents of the rock music genre – the godfather of Punk, Iggy Pop. I promise you, it was a wild, wild ride. A x "

 

  T&M 027 Release  

  Charlie Harper & Friends 7" Single  

Features Two Ex-Subs Darrell Bath & Pete Davies

T&M's next release will be T&M 027 and sees Charlie Harper reunited with two ex-Subs, Pete Davies and Darrell Bath, for a one off single; Charlie Harper & Friends - Stop Hobophobia.

Recorded at Pat Collier's Perry Vale Studios in November 2015, it also sees the Straps Phil McDermott playing bass on the A-Side.

Limited to 500 hand numbered copies on blue vinyl with two sided insert and sticker. Available to buy via the T&M Big Cartel web-store from mid-day on Sunday 2nd July 2017

A-Side: Stop Hobophobia                                 

B-Side: Night Crawler

Charlie Harper: Vocals
Darrell Bath: Guitar, plus bass on Night Crawler
Phil Mc Dermott: Bass on Stop Hobophobia
Pete Davies: Drums

BUY IT HERE!  


  T&M and U.K. Subs hand over £4,000 cheque to RNLI  

Click to enlargeAt the U.K. Subs' gig at the 'Talking Heads' music venue in Southampton on Friday 19 May, Time & Matter Recordings and the U.K. Subs made their latest donation to the RNLI, which is Charlie Harper's favourite charity.

The T&M cheque, representing total donations of £4,000 raised since May 2014 via Time & Matter's charity releases, e-Bay auctions as well as Yuko's collections via the band's merchandise desk was handed over to Jez Cronin, the RNLIs Legacy &
In Memory Team Co-Ordinator, who is based at the RNLI headquarters in Poole, Dorset.

Time & Matter previously donated £2,000 to the RNLI in April 2014, and you can read that previous news story here.

Jez - who is a massive music fan, has been into punk since 1976, and continues to follow the punk scene and attend all sorts of gigs, of which he has seen the Subs many times - told the T&M website more about his role and what these donations mean for the RNLI:

"My role working as the Legacy & In Memorium Co-Ordinator for the RNLI is dealing with enquiries and offering support to our supporters wishing to leave legacies to the RNLI. These gifts in Wills can vary from cash donations, Residuary of Estates and even specific items being donated to the RNLI. The RNLI has been left gifts as diverse as a Pig Farm, gold teeth and last year two rare Ferraris from the 1960s which raised £8.5 million for the RNLI via auction.

As over 60% of the RNLIs income comes from legacies I really appreciate how generous and unbelievable our supporters are and how important legacies are for the future of the RNLI.

All donations are important, so it was really nice to be able to 'let my hair down' and also enjoy an evening with my favourite punk band the U.K. Subs and at the same time collect a fantastic donation of £4,000 from Charlie and the band in person. The fundraising efforts both financially and personally they have made with Rob and Mark from Time & Matter for the RNLI really is something I cannot thank them enough for on behalf of the RNLI. Of course, the other incredibly important factor to consider is that with Yuko's merchandise desk always having our RNLI Lifeboat donation box on it amongst the Subs merch, and it being carried round so many venues in the UK with the band, this also helps raise awareness of the RNLI.

I was amazed and honoured to personally thank Charlie, Yuko and the band at Talking Heads in Southampton in 2014 for raising over £3,000 for the RNLI at that point in time. So to be able to meet and thank the band again in 2017 at the new Talking Heads venue for this new, latest donation was unbelievable. The efforts Mark, Rob and the U.K. Subs have made over the years for the RNLI is truly humbling.

Then to top it off, after thanking Charlie and the band for their donation, I of course got to see another fantastic gig by the Subs in Mark's company. I know Mark will have passed on my thanks to his fellow T&Mer Rob who was not at the gig and like all of you reading this, I'm once again looking forward to spending many more evenings enjoying the U.K. Subs live and can’t wait for the next gig..."


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Thanks to Matthew Rayner Photography - Flickr page - click here
- who took the photo of Charlie and Jez, as well as the Jamie, Charlie and Jez one.
Band and Jez photo by T&M's Mark Chadderton.
You can further check out Matthew Rayner's gig photos of the U.K. Subs at Southampton 19/5/17 - click here

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  Time & Matter Records Proudly Presents...   

 T&M 026 LP, CD and MC 

Click to enlargeCry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war…

They’re back with a bite!

FOUR LUMINARIES OF THE PUNK AND ALTERNATIVE SCENE RE-UNITE FOR A BRAND NEW KILLER LP!

Charlie Harper (U.K. Subs)
Knox (The Vibrators)
Alvin Gibbs (U.K. Subs)
Matthew Best (Psychic TV)

Recorded at ex-Vibrators’ bassist Pat Collier’s London Studio in May 2016, this fi fth Urban Dogs album really is their best yet, featuring a stunning collection of songs that are breathtaking in their variety, both musically and lyrically.

Selected highlights are Charlie’s harmonica-drenched ‘Pawn Shop Special’ and bittersweet ‘Whisky Song’, Knox’s fascinating songwriting skills, encompassing ageing love, crucifi xion and android analogy, two stunning covers; their take on The Monkees and Sex Pistols’ famous cover song ‘Steppin’ Stone’ and Johnny Thunders’ classic ‘You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory’ as well as Alvin’s best ever song yet, the simply sensational punk raucous sweaty-sweet stomper that is ‘Sidewalk Baby’.

All that and we haven’t even barked on about the Knox sung Gibbs homage to Vivienne Westwood - ‘World’s End Apocalypso’ or Alvin’s perfect politician put-down ‘Goddamn Liar’!

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Track Listing:
01. Dancing On The Heads Of Snakes
02. The Little Song
03. Sidewalk Baby
04. Pawn Shop Special
05. We Are Machine
06. Trick Or Treat
07. Goddamn Liar
08. Storm Over Golgotha Tonight
09. You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory
10. World’s End Apocalypso
11. (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
12. The Whisky Song

Following the album launch party at the band's spiritual home, the 100 Club in London, Attack is available to buy now on LP (blue vinyl), CD and very limited edition cassette through T&M's web-shop.

The CD and cassette boast two bonus tracks; Rebellion Song and One Foot In The Grave, both taken from the band's 2014 single released on Time & Matter Records, T&M 016.

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    HOMEPAGE PICTURE CHOICE NUMBER 31   

U.K. SUBS IN 1977

It's amazing what can turn up after so many years!
Early U.K. Subs drummer Steve J. Jones - who later returned to play on 1983s 'Flood of Lies' LP - sent in this amazing, previously unpublished photo of the Subs, just after Nicky Garratt had joined in early October 1977.

Steve had this to say about this stunning find!

"Here's a picture of the UK Subs from 1977 - playing the Western Counties pub in Paddington. Not sure if it's been published before. I've had a copy in my scrapbook since '77. I'm sure it was one of the first we played after Nicky Garratt joined. We played that particular pub a number of times - often with Rob Harper also in the band. I'm not sure if Rob is with us on this occasion and simply missing from the shot. I've no idea who took the picture..."

T&M contacted Nicky Garratt about the photo and he confirmed for us that the photo was taken on his "...first weekend with the Subs..."

 

U.K. SUBS - WESTERN COUNTIES PUB, PADDINGTON, LONDON OCTOBER 1977 Left to right: Steve Slack, Nicky Garratt, Charlie Harper, Steve J. Jones Click the image to enlarge

A MASSIVE THANKS FROM T&M TO STEVE J. JONES FOR ALLOWING US TO PUBLISH THE PHOTO

STRICTLY no reproduction allowed without written permission of Steve J. Jones

Previous rare and unusual pictures can be found under the T & Misc. section to the right - click 'Homepage Picture Choice Archive...


Photo by Nick Knight - click to enlarge"People, people, people, get involved. Play your guitar, do your fanzines, take photos BE INVOLVED.  One day it could all be worth something because it's not only history but the future too.  So live it, don't just be part of the audience, participate."

 

 

Charlie Harper, 17 December 1998 - quoted from an interview in Scanner Fanzine Issue 3


 "Among the many bands on the bill are some of the veterans of the punk/new wave explosion of the late 1970s including... ...the seemingly indestructible UK Subs. Still fronted by Charlie Harper, who first formed the band as an Elizabethan madrigal quartet sometime in the 1600s, UK Subs were one of the original punk bands from 1976 and are notable not least for the fact of having been through at least 35 drummers in their 35-year history."

 

Nick Horton - Dorset Echo - 12th August 2011


 T&M website born: October 2008 . Official launch date: 1 December 2009.

 The basis of ‘Time and Matter’ is to provide a chronological listing, day by day; month by month; year by year of the band’s many activities.

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