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U.K. SUBS NEWSFEED 2019...
22/01: CHARLIE GUESTS ON NEW RAMONAS LP
Charlie Harper has made another guest appearance with The Ramonas, appearing on two tracks for their soon to be self-released second album entitled 'Acoustic Problems'.
Recorded at 'Brighton Road Recording Studio' last year, the official release date for the LP is 15 February 2019 with the iTunes pre-sale being 25 January.
Charlie previously played on one track - 'Tearaway' - on the band's debut album 'First World Problems' (T&M story - click here) and Ramonas' bassist Vicky also recently played on Charlie's solo album 'Little Black Crow' (T&M story - click here)
Time & Matter has spoken exclusively about the album to Charlie as well as all four members of The Ramonas ahead of its release, with Charlie enthusing to T&M that:
"...playing harp on any Ramonas track is always great fun, as you can imagine. They are a very bubbly bunch of girls, their creativity and energy is contagious, and when I'm with them it takes me right back to those early halcyon days of that good old D.I.Y. ethic. It was such a pleasure to be involved, whenever they say jump, I'm right there!"
1. HARD & FAST AT 69
2. HIGH ON LIFE
3. TEARAWAY (FT CHARLIE HARPER)
4. SO CALLED THIS, SO CALLED THAT
5. QUARTER LIFE CRISIS
6. THE DAILY FAIL
7. FROM BELGIUM WITH LOVE (FT CHARLIE HARPER)
8. SUE ME
9. FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS
10. COTTON WOOL KIDS
11. TAKE ME HOME
Pictured right - Charlie leading a 'good old ding-dong' at the 'old Joanna' with the girls, who had the following to say about the new album as well as working again with the legendary Subs singer...
Victoria (Pee Pee Ramona): Bass
We’re always looking at trying new things as a band and the idea of us doing something stripped back really appealed to us, we also used it as a way to write some more songs that would work well acoustically. The idea really started to materialise after playing an in-store for the release of our debut album. Later that year I also recorded bass for Charlie’s solo album ‘Little Black Crow’ which is acoustic based, that was really inspiring for me personally. Charlie has been so supportive and great to work with, it was amazing to have him feature on a couple of our tracks for this release.
Camille (Cammy Ramona): Drums
I really like how the songs work acoustically, it gives them a totally new dynamic. Especially with the re-written guitar and bass parts, even some of the harmony has changed from the original, which makes for a really interesting sound. Even though being a ‘drum kit’ drummer and not having much real experience with any other percussion instrument, it still made for a really enjoyable experience recording in this way, different but in a great way!
Lisa (Cloey Ramona): Vocals
We had done an acoustic show in Brighton at our vinyl launch and had enjoyed it as it is so different to what we normally do (make lots of noise). It really has to make you think about the songs and adjust them to work in that setting. We had a day booked in the studio to see how many we could put down. We managed more than we thought as we recorded the songs together live all in the same room which was fun. It kept us on our toes as there was no room for error! It is always great to have Charlie on board and we're always happy to have him join us in the studio. We like to give him free range to play what he likes on the harmonica over the tracks. There are 4 new tracks on the acoustic album that we haven’t recorded previously so that should be something new for people to hear too!
Maxine (Rohnny Ramona): Guitar
I adore acoustic guitar and love being faced with challenges like making different arrangements of songs or parts, it can often give a song a whole new dynamic. I think the songs sound great stripped back. Plus having Charlie involved is a pleasure, he's a genuine lovely man bursting with creativity.
Time & Matter Recordings' Big Cartel Online Shop will also be stocking the new album if you'd like to order the LP/CD alongside all the other Subs and Subs related goodies we stock - click here for T&M shop
21/01: ALVIN GIBBS INTERVIEW IN NEW VIVE LE ROCK MAG
PLUS - CHARLIE HARPER PRINTS FROM VIVE LE ROCK
There is a brand ne ALVIN GIBBS interview in the new Vive Le Rock magazine...
"PRE-ORDER NOW!! Vive Le Rock 60- and the story of Ruts/Ruts DC and their brilliant album The Crack!! Plus The Old Firm Casuals/ Rancid Lars Frederiksen, Bob Mould, Sid Vicious, The Beat, LENE LOVICH BAND, The Specials (Official), UK SUBS ALVIN GIBBS, Millencolin, David Bowie, Joe Jackson n' more! SUBSCRIBE- get Vive Annual No 1 FREE"
Click cover image to enlarge...
PLUS CHARLIE HARPER LIMITED PRINT
Vive Le Rock also have for sale on their website some quality prints of Charlie Harper as follows:
"VIVE LE ROCK ICONS PHOTOGRAPHY – Charlie Harper, UK Subs
Unique, collectable, limited edition photographs of Vive Le Rock icons by Tina Korhonen.
Printed on high quality, professional premium pearl photographic paper.
Embossed, with a letter of authenticity.
Available print sizes
A4 – 210 x 297 mm – 8.3 x 11.7 in
A3 – 297 x 420 mm – 11.7 x 16.5 in
"CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE PRINT
20/01: ALVIN INTERVIEW & EXCLUSIVE LP TRACKS PLAYED
Alvin Gibbs was recently interviewed at the U.K. Subs' 100 Club show by Armitage Smith regarding his forthcoming album 'Your Disobedient Servant' on Time & Matter Records. You can hear the interview, along with a handful of exclusive tracks played from the album on Armitage's ever-brilliant Paranoid Squirrel show, now available via podcast.
15/01: ALVIN GIBBS GIG NEWS
As well as playing this year's Rebellion Festival at Blackpool in August, Alvin Gibbs will be bringing his Disobedient Servants to Manchester for one of only a select few UK shows.
The touring band will include Alvin, Jamie (U.K. Subs), Leigh Heggarty (Ruts DC) and more.
The date for your diary is 6 June 2019 at The Star & Garter, Manchester.
Criminal Mind - 7.45pm - 8.25pm
Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants - 8.45pm - 9.45pm
Tickets £10.00 from STP (see link below)
Rockers England on Oldham Street
The following evening, on 7 June, Alvin's band will be playing in Birmingham as follows:
Click below poster to enlarge
14/01: ALVIN GIBBS LP DELIVERY DUE AT T&M HQ
News just in... delivery to T&M HQ from the manufacturers is expected to be 29th January...
Stay tuned folks...
12/01: ALVIN GIBBS DIGITAL PRESS PACK DANGERS!
T&M press pack causes nightmares!
The brilliant Paranoid Squirrel show’s Armitage Smith has revealed on the latest episode, where he gives Alvin Gibbs’ T&M single another play, that he will be interviewing Alvin all about the forthcoming ‘Your Disobedient Servant’ LP next week for the show, but also that the T&M press pack’s lyric sheet caused him to dream that their different sizes were fighting for supremacy!!!
You can hear the full story - as well as enjoying the usual superb selection of music on episode 667 at...
12/01: HEAR NEW ALVIN GIBBS LP TRACK!
Alvin Gibbs LP track exclusive play...
You can hear the third track off the forthcoming Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants’ LP on Stephen Schnee’s Woody Radio show on this link...
Please have a listen to all the show if you can as it features a superb selection of music to enjoy, but for impatient Subs fans, Alvin’s track can be heard around the 23 minute mark...
This ear-grabbing track is called ‘DUMB’, with excellent thought-provoking lyrics - plus! Nobody can resist a tune complete with handclaps!
Sing along folks...
“He’s the king of fragmentation, an alt-right VIP...
You were all made, conned and played by a gloating expert of sophistry...”
Great lyrics and great guitar work from James Stevenson to boot!
06/01: ALVIN GIBBS 7" SINGLE TEST PRESSING AUCTION
T&M are auctioning off a few goodies over the next few weeks. First up are a couple of test pressings of Alvin Gibbs' debut single - Ghost Train.
There will be a second one going up in a week's time but collectors should please be aware that there's only the two available!
Link to bid here:
E-Bay listing description/details:
"Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants - Ghost Train 7" Single - Test Pressing
- 1 of 5 produced
Comes with proof sleeve and insert that came with the original release.
This is the first of only two copies we are auctioning.
Includes 2 page 'Release Data Sheet'"
13th January update - the first test pressing sold for £80-00, thanks to all those who bid, the second and last test pressing is now up for auction at:
20th January update - the second test pressing sold for £82-00, thanks to all those who bid again...
01/01: HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM T&M
Time & Matter would like to wish all Subs fans, members and ex-members a happy new year, and thank you for your continued support...
Cheers - Mark & Rob
SELECTION FROM THE 2018 NEWSFEED
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:
(The Damned / Lords Of The New Church)
(Slaughter & The Dogs)
(Hanoi Rocks / Cheap 'N' Nasty)
(Ambient music designer / The Verve 'Bittersweet Symphony' / U.K. Subs 'Diminished Responsibility' LP / Films Mission Impossible 2, Batman Begins, Hannibal etc)
(Generation X / Chelsea / The Cult / The Alarm)
1. Arterial Pressure
2. Ghost Train
4. Camden Town Gigolo
5. Clumsy Fingers
6. Heaven And The Angels
1. Back To Mayhem
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:
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: 'SCREAMIMG 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: 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
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...
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)
04/10: ALVIN GIBBS' MEMOIRS - NEW CHAPTER PUBLISHED
My Life as a UK Sub, and other Strange Stories...
New instalment published!
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"...
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...
"People, people, people, get involved. Play your guitar, do your fanzines, take photos BE INVOLVED. One day it could all be worth something because it's not only history but the future too. So live it, don't just be part of the audience, participate."
Charlie Harper, 17 December 1998 - quoted from an interview in Scanner Fanzine Issue 3
"Among the many bands on the bill are some of the veterans of the punk/new wave explosion of the late 1970s including... ...the seemingly indestructible UK Subs. Still fronted by Charlie Harper, who first formed the band as an Elizabethan madrigal quartet sometime in the 1600s, UK Subs were one of the original punk bands from 1976 and are notable not least for the fact of having been through at least 35 drummers in their 35-year history."
Nick Horton - Dorset Echo - 12th August 2011
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