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T&M U.K. SUBS NEWSFEED 2022...
STEVE ROBERTS R.I.P.
It is with a deep sense of shock and sadness that we’ve received the news that Steve Roberts has passed away.
Steve joined the U.K. Subs in 1980 and it’s his superb muscular drumming that can be heard on the classic albums Diminished Responsibility and Endangered Species.
He was by general acclaim considered to be one of the best drummers to have played for the band and it’s a tragedy that his musical talent never got to fulfil its enormous potential.
The U.K. Subs wish to collectively send condolences to the family and friends of Steve at this distressing time.
28/07: ALVIN'S NEW BAND LINE UP MINI FRENCH TOUR
Alvin has posted the following message on social media regarding a new beginning for his solo band Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants:
"Despite being super-busy with the U.K. Subs this summer, my compulsion to play yet more live shows has led me to arrange a trio of gigs here in France for my other outfit, The Disobedient Servants. As a direct consequence of the Covid curse, we’ve not been able to perform on a stage going right back to our Rebellion Festival appearance of 2019. Realising it was therefore long overdue, I decided to get the collective together to make some loud Garage rock noise in a live environment, starting here in my home part of the world, south-west France. Unfortunately, Servants' regular Leigh Heggarty is unable to make this threesome due to his commitments next month to The Ruts; but I’m delighted to announce that The Saints’ guitarist, Barry ‘Barrington’ Francis will be deputising for him and joining myself and ex-The Selecter and Godfathers’ axe player ‘Soho’ Steve Crittall for these shows. We will also be debuting our new Parisian drummer, Christophe Sauniere. All three gigs are in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Charente regions of France and are no more than an hour’s drive from each other. I’m therefore hoping that my French Facebook buddies and any UK ones who may be holidaying in the south-west of France in August will get themselves along to one or more of these concerts, all of which will be free entry – just buy a few beers or a couple glasses of wine to keep the venue owners happy. Here’s the details…
25th August – Pub Gabariers: rue des Gabariers, 16210 Saint-Simeux
26th August – Bar Flore: 7 Avenue de la Gare, 16210 Chalais
28th August – Barbacane: Place Ludovic Trarieux 16390 Aubeterre-sur-Dronne"
11/06: SUBS FOR THE SABS!
The U.K. Subs are scheduled to headline a special gig in aid of the Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs via their PUNKS AGAINST THE HUNT 22 gig being held at the Trades Club, Barnsley, on Friday 30 September.
T&M recently spoke to Subs guitarist Steve Straughan about his (and our) sheer abhorrence of fox hunting and why it means so much to him and the band to help support the hunt saboteurs' cause. Steve also does a lot to help animals in need via promoting and donating to the excellent Facebook auction site 'Pawz for thought charity gig auction', which can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/shellbudge - they auction music related items given by musicians, artists and kind people, with all the money raised going to the brilliant Pawz For Thought animal shelter group in Sunderland.
Here's Steve's thoughts on why the Subs are playing the forthcoming Punks Against The Hunt show...
"It's great to be given the opportunity to play a gig which helps to protect our wildlife. For those of us who care about animals, and those of us who are appalled and disgusted by what people do to animals in the name of sport, it's so good to help. Unfortunately, a lot of people in the world today live in a bubble from the misinformation they are told or read. Fox hunting still happens today despite it being banned. The evil and barbaric ones amongst us have a strong bloodthirsty lust to kill and are quite happy to break the law to get what they want. They are protected by the police in most cases. Whenever the hunt sabs are out there helping foxes against the hunt and the evil terrier men, they are constantly slowed down by the police. This is to help the deranged people of the hunt. Shocking, I know, but this is what happens up and down the country. People in high places like judges and chiefs of police constantly look after these out of date, hooligan criminals. This is why it's so important to help the fantastic hunt sabs in their work. Many of you won't realize that the Sabs are out there in the fields when many of us are still in bed. They risk their lives protecting animals. In my opinion the work they do is incredible. We must give them our support. I will always look up to the people who defend animals till the day I die. Love and respect to all..."
TICKETS FOR PUNKS AGAINST THE HUNT - PURCHASE AT:
Find out more at: https://www.huntsabs.org.uk/
Stephen Straughan pic credit: Michaela Petranova
05/05: U.K. SUBS WINTER TOUR 2022
The Subs are delighted to announce these 12 dates for 2022 for their annual winter tour...
Ticket links provided for those on sale at the time of writing, click the link(s) to purchase ticket(s)...
24 LEAMINGTON SPA, The Assembly
25 NEWCASTLE, Riverside
26 HULL, The Tower
27 BRADFORD, The Underground
01 NORWICH, Waterfront
02 LONDON, 229
03 BEDFORD, Esquires
04 NOTTINGHAM, Cold Store
08 EXETER, Cavern
09 BRISTOL, The Fleece
10 CARDIFF, The Globe
11 MANCHESTER, Rebellion
See you down the front, dancing a singing along :-)
29/03: SUBS MINI-EURO TOUR IN MAY
The Subs have announced a 7 date tour of France and Belgium in the first two weeks of May 2022. Support will be from French punk band Charge 69 - the list of dates being...
06: Zikenstock Festival, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France
07: Magasin 4, Bruxelles, Belgium
08: L’Escalier, Liège, Belgium
10: L’Ubu, Rennes, France
11: Le Ferrailleur, Nantes, France
13: Brasserie de Framont, Grandfontaine, France
14: Les Trinitaires, Metz, France
27/03: NEW ALVIN GIBBS INTERVIEW
Mikayla Beyer's one hour and forty-five minute "new interview with Alvin Gibbs of the UK Subs, Iggy Pop, Cheap and Nasty, and the Disobedient Servants is up! Six decades of punk clubs, stadium tours, politics, history, getting respect from rock greats like Guns N Roses and Andy McCoy and everything in between!"
CHECK IT OUT ON MIKAYLA'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL AT:
14/02: NEW OFFICIAL USA MERCHANDISER
The U.K. Subs now have an official merchandiser in the USA, there will be more items added in due course, with an Endangered Species cover, an Endangered Species era photo and an A.W.O.L. design t-shirt being the initial trio to choose from...
Check them out folks at:
10/02: WORK IN PROGRESS 10" DOUBLE VINYL RE-ISSUE
Up for pre-order today!
There’s a double 10” vinyl revamp of the band's 2011 album Work In Progress due out in April from Captain Oi / Cherry Red.
There will be 1,000 copies available with one disc pressed on gold vinyl, and the other disc pressed on silver.
This beautifully packaged release also includes a gatefold sleeve with lyrics, a cover version of The Sonics' classic song ‘Stychnine’ as well as Charlie’s ‘This Chaos’ co-write with Rancid’s Lars Frederickson.
It also boasts both the blistering opener 'Creation' and the equally revered live favourite 'Hell Is Other People'.
This is the first time this album has been out on vinyl for nine years, and features the popular Harper / Jet / Gibbs / Oliver line-up.
Pre-order now from Cherry Red at:
10/02: U.K. SUBS IN IRELAND IN AUGUST
The Subs will play a couple of gigs in Ireland with their old mates The Outcasts later this year in August...
U.K. SUBS - Ireland 2022
+ The Outcasts
Fri 19th Aug - The Grand Social, Dublin
Sat 20th Aug - Voodoo, Belfast
Tickets on sale now at eventbrite.com
08/02: CHARLIE ART & APPEARANCE AT THE PUNK ART SHOW
"Punk Art Show UK is pleased to announce its new free show from 11-20th March at the Museum of Youth Culture, 154-156 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8HL.
Art from Punk musicians from the original '77 scene and beyond.
**Show runs 11th -20th March 2022 – 11-7pm Daily **
Opening night 11th March – 7-11pm -special guests and performances - more details to come!
Evening talks throughout the week.
Please share and spread the word and check @punk_art_show on instagram..."
Facebook (Punk Art Show UK)
04/01: MESSAGE FROM YUKO & CHARLIE
First of all, happy new year to you all ❤️
Thanks for everyone's concern about Charlie, regarding him getting covid at the end of the last tour, which finished just over 3 weeks ago.
A couple of days after we came home, Charlie started coughing.
The next day, he did a LFT (home test in UK) and it showed up as positive.
So we both did a PCR test, but unfortunately, they managed to lose our test results due to the high volume of daily infections.
Anyway, another couple of days after Charlie tested positive, I started having covid symptoms too.
I was also positive from LFT.
We were both isolated.
All ended on Christmas Day.
We enjoyed a good Christmas together.
Now I’m almost fully recovered from my cough, Charlie is recovering from it as well, but it has left him with a cough as well as feeling tired, but he is on a fast road to recovery.
He’s doing ok, eating very well everyday.
Please don’t worry - he’s fine and wishes you all happy new year! Xx
04/01: STATEMENT: January Gigs Cancelled / Postponed
Sorry all, but the U.K. Subs are unable to play the shows as advertised for Stafford, London, Derby, Dover and Southend, starting on the 12th ‘till the 16th January. There are 3 major reasons why it’s no longer possible for us to do so: firstly, although we were able to complete our winter UK tour successfully, Charlie succumbed to the dreaded Covid curse a couple of days after returning home. He’s doing fine, almost back to normal, but needs a little more time to fully recover. Secondly, living in France as I do, all travel from here to the UK is now restricted to only those with essential reasons for doing so – unfortunately this does not include playing Punk rock at the 100 Club! – plus a good chance of a partial lockdown being imminent and more restrictions on the way. And thirdly, with the onslaught of the omicron variant, crowded venues are not a healthy idea at present anyway. Having already lost friends like Mensi and Tony Feedback to this terrible virus, we wouldn’t want to be responsible for any serious illness or worse as a result of people coming to see us play. The London 100 Club and Stafford venues have cancelled and are offering full refunds for any tickets purchased. The Southend show is rescheduled for 10th April, whilst the Derby and Dover shows have been rescheduled for 16th and 18th September, all tickets bought being valid for these rescheduled gigs. Hopefully, in a couple of months, the infection rate will drop and restrictions will lift. We look forward to playing for you then.
Cancellations at a glance...
13: 100 Club, London, England CANCELLED - Refunds being issued
14: Hairy Dog, Derby, England POSTPONED TO 16/09/22
15: Dover Booking Hall, Dover, England POSTPONED TO 18/09/22
16: Cricketers, Southend, England POSTPONED TO 10/04/22
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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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