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A message from the UK Subs

The U.K. Subs will embark on the making of our 26th and final ‘official’ album next month. As some of you already know, each former LP, starting with Another Kind of Blues released in 1979, has a primary title letter taken from the alphabet in sequential order.

This new record will fulfil and complete that tradition by utilising a title that will begin with the letter Z. It is, to our knowledge, the first time any band has succeeded in this, and in recognition of its significance we have decided that no other Subs album will be forthcoming after this concluding LP.

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

During the past five years, the U.K. Subs have enjoyed a very fruitful relationship with Captain Oi! Records. It’s a partnership that has produced the critically regarded albums Work in Progress, XXIV and Yellow Leader, but for this ultimate record we are going to reach out to you all by utilising the direct-to-fan online platform: Pledge Music.
The official start date for our Pledge campaign will be 1st November 2015.

All the necessary information regarding how each of you can assist in the development and accomplishment of the Z album will be provided then, and we assure you it will be the most open and accessible method of record making ever attempted by this band.

It’s going to be an exciting and creatively rewarding project. We hope you will support us in this endeavour with the same cherished enthusiasm that has sustained and nourished the U.K. Subs over all these Punk Rock years.

Charlie Harper, Alvin Gibbs, Jamie Oliver, Jet.

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Posted by on October 24, 2015 in The Pogo Crew

 

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SciFi Mafia cd launch..

I’m attending the launch of the NEW Scifi Mafia cd tonight and hope to get some excellent shots from this gig!!
Here is a sample taste of things to come!!

Jez

 

Mission Possible

Mission possible …….The phone rang, with a crackle on the line “Oi Oi

Mr Alucard ..  your mission ..if you chose to accept it is to attend three gigs in

four days”   That’s possible I thought, Where what who and when .I took the details.

The first gig of the three was at the Hop Wakefield .I am not sure what the venue was trying to be, pub disco or art gallery .It had recently be refurbished and looked very nice and clean even the bogs! Downstairs there was a little corner stage complete with a little man whaling away about some thing but the main event was upstairs,

through the labyrinth of corridors and anti-rooms each with a bar inside. Jez and I bumped into a familiar face Eddie from The Vibrators, hang on …who have we come to see?

the U.K.Subs supported by Eureka Machines Eddie was helping out on transport duties

Eureka Machines looked smart, played hard and coordinated .I have seen this band before at the York D-V8 festival last year and had enjoyed their set .Once again they never disappointed. Now for the headline act the U.K.Subs.

With a slight smile and a nod of the head Charlie Harper attached his very own microphone to the stand and launched into the set. Like the Swiss movement of an expensive time peace the band, sharp and tight run through their classic numbers” I Live in a car” “C. I. D”  “Emotional Blackmail” to name but three plus, great to hear numbers from the new album “Work in Progress” stand out numbers “Hell is other People” “creation”

Snake hips Jet weaved backwards and forwards across the stage; only looking up to get a cue from Jamie on the drums .Alvin Gibbs had a problem his Thunderbird bass guitar

was in Bristol and we were in Wakefield! A guy from the support band lent his bass out to Alvin who caressed and ran his fingers up and down the fret board like rain droplets on a stormy day. Young Jamie Oliver must rank as one the countries best drummers, his sticks move with the grace and speed of helicopters rotor blades.

Charlie, still celebrating his 67th birthday was as ever the essence, of a hypothetical form of dark energy moving around the stage .He only knew about his birthday as one of his sons

phoned him up to wish him well! Hey…. the band do requests, as part of the encore

they went into “party in Paris” Time passed with a flourish ….here’s to the next gig !

Gig number two, Wilko Johnson at Fibbers York. I was looking forward to seeing the new revamped Fibbers but oh no ………I was disappointed – how much had they spent – it looked unfinished to me, poor standing area  poor bar area and  sh*t toilets –I would say the stage itself was better for the performers that’s the only plus point –

NO – bring back the old Fibbers please! Wilko a  pre-punk man is R and B.His

Influence permutated through the fledgling punk rock scene. With in his band is

Norman Watt Roy he and his bass guitar are as one .Most say that he is the worlds best bass player – who I am to argue!  With a mad steer in his eyes Wilko charges round the stage with his machine gun guitar songs like “back in the night” “roxette”

The last day of the mission and it was back to York, The Duchess this time to see Captain Sensible. Last time I saw the Captain Sensible Band I co – promoted the gig at the Cleethorpes Winter Gardens, the line up that night included three members of a little known band called The Damned. After bumping into Monty (The Damned’s keyboard player) he confirmed who was in the line up – Captain (of cause) Paul Gray (ex Damned bass player) Monty and Dave Berk ( ex Johnny Moped drummer)

.Jez and I settled down at the front of the stage to saviour the sight and sound of the evening’s entertainment. A haze of smoke and 1 2 3 4 into the set

“the love policeman” “wot” “glad it’s all over “ plus top favourites of mine “neat neat neat “ and “life goes on” .The band looked at ease with each other joking and smiling

through out the set . A quick backstage Hello with Captain …then home

mission accomplished .

Thanks to Jez and special mention to Agent Joe 90 (code name Red Top )

Dave Alucard (Pogo Crew)

 

Devilish Presley. ‘ The Dark Triad ‘

Devilish Presley. ‘ The Dark Triad ‘

May 9th sees Devilish Presley unleash their 5th and most terrifying studio album to date ‘ The Dark Triad ‘. One of the most hard working band’s around serve up a blood chilling delight that will make your ears bleed and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up on end after listening to 12 tracks of pure vocal and guitar power. Just when you thought they were dead and buried they rise again after trials and tribulations within the band that nearly led to it’s very demise. They have re emerged stronger than ever!! This album bears testament to that…

‘ The Dark Triad ‘ is a monster of an album, fast loud and punchy to say the least with an average track time of just under 3 minutes. Starting off with ‘ Happy As Saturday ‘ which is the lead album track and throughout the pace hardly slackens.

Jacqui Vixen has taken over on lead vocals and guitar after injury forced her to stop playing bass in the band. ( A great shame ) She has been working with vocal coach Stevie Vann best known for her work with none other than Def Leppard and AC/DC. The results can be clearly heard. Her vocal range is now broader with increased power and direction while on ‘ Dance Floor Ghost ‘ it takes on a more haunting quality too. This is an emotive track dedicated to, as is the whole album to the duo’s friend Fee who committed suicide in Berlin 2 years ago.  A stand out track by far.

Johnny Navarro provides backing vocals while wielding chunky lead guitar riffs around like a possessed mad axeman, in fact, people have almost had their heads cleaved in two by the said guitarists axe wielding type antics at gigs!! ‘ Kiss Kiss Apocalypse ‘, ‘ Down Where you Belong ‘ and ‘ Zurich Psychological Club ‘ being fine examples of this. The next time your at a Devilish Presley gig and Johnny runs into the crowd guitar in hand, be afraid, be very afraid!!… ( Failing that, wear a hard hat )

The first single release from the album ‘ The Beast Must Die ‘ video has been creeping it’s way rightly so up YouTube’s ratings. Hand written lyrics, signed with a DVD version of the video released by the band has SOLD OUT!! Buy a physical cd version of ‘ The Dark Triad ‘  and there are 2 bonus tracks to be had, ‘ Don’t Come Any Closer ‘ and ‘ The Murder Parade ‘.

Narcissism, Machiavellianism & Psychopathy are the 3 personality disorders to which the album refers. The monsters they sing about refer to those of the self made variety. How many of us can say we don’t have any of those?!  This is a far superior album than the band’s last release ‘ Flesh Ride ‘. It is superior in every way. The songs are loud and in your face, the production is a hell of a lot better and the 12 tracks flow together to give what is no doubt their best album yet. Introspection after personal trials always seem to bring the best out in many a musician and band. ‘ The Shakers ‘ track alone show’s this is the case here from London’s Horrorbilly Punks. Monsters, rock n roll and death, it’s all here.

With Jacqui’s vocals now having a better, broader range and benefiting from increased confidence whilst Johnny being given a free murderous range out on guitar Devilish Presley have risen from the dead and evolved into one of the finest counter culture bands around with arguably this their best work to date in my opinion. You can’t keep this band down. HELL YEAH!!! Jez

‘ The Dark Triad ‘ track listing;

1. Happy As Saturday

2. City Of Dreadful Night

3. The Beast Must Die

4. Cocaine Joe

5. Down Where You Belong

6. Dance Floor Ghost

7. Is There Anybody There

8. Kiss Kiss Apocalypse

9. I Created A Monster

10. The Shakers

11. Horror Movie Head

12. Zurich Psychological Club

Bonus Tracks. ( Cd version ONLY )

13. Don’t Come Any Closer

14. The Murder Parade

Devilish Presley are;

Jacqui Vixen: Lead Vocals & Guitar

Johnny Navarro: Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals

http://www.devilishpresley.com

All photographs Copyright Jez Keefe Photography

http://www.jezkeefephotography.com

 

UK SUBS… A Work In Progress.

So, how do you write a review of your favourite punk bands latest cd and yet remain unbiased?? Well, I haven’t a clue!!… Just say it how you see it I suppose, what more can you do. So, here goes…

It’s been 8 long years since the UK SUBS last made a studio album. Far too long. This is an enduring band that has been continually out on the road with one line up or another. 34 years down the line they are still here and refuse to go away!! Many bands call it a day then reform in later years, not so the UK SUBS. They just go onward and evolve and get better and better…

My own personal experience with the UK SUBS began on May 8th 1980 at Cleethropes Winter Gardens.   A venue which is now no more. Demolished to nothing, yet in it’s day played host to none other than the Sex Pistols on the Anarchy Tour… Yes, the Sex Pistols played a small UK east coast venue, a venue steeped in musical heritage. The night the UK SUBS played I will never forget, a true introduction to punk rock in no uncertain terms… The place was rammed!! What I witnessed that night stays with me still, a vivid memory I can still recount even now in clear detail.That same year August 8th 1980 proved to be yet another memorable date in my own personnel UK SUBS history, a line up change but a band still undiminished in it’s appeal for me, if not more so. After failing half my O level exams my best friend Nick suggested we go to London to see the band at the Music Machine. So, off we went. Supported by none other than The Straps. A couple of 16 year olds from the provinces on a journey to the capital which will forever be etched into our brains and still recounted with such enthusiasm even today. Priceless…

The history of the UK SUBS is well documented on http://www.uksubstimeandmatter.net the best source for all things UK SUBS. Take a look, it’s a great site!!

Enough of things past. Back to the present…

The idea basically being that the band should record an album beginning with every letter of the alphabet, they have now reached the letter W in that quest. Work In Progress being the result. 14 tracks with a combination of power, precision and subtly which shows the adaptability of the band, a band which is one of the finest bands around let alone a punk band! A band full of character and talent with every member contributing to this album to produce for me the best UK SUBS album to date. It’s taken a long time to knock Another Kind Of Blues off my top spot in terms of albums by the UK SUBS but they have done it with this one.

Fronted by punk rock legend Charlie Harper, he has assembled a band which has raw talent and experience in abundance. From first seeing this line up I’ve waited for some studio work to see if they could match their live performances, and can they?? In my opinion YES, they can and then some.

I’m not going to review the album tracks with any great depth of detail, it’s up to you the listener to decide for yourselves what you think about the album. These are just my thoughts about an album when I first heard was being recored have waited for with bated breath. So much so that I ordered it from 2 different outlets and in the end couldn’t wait for it to turn up so downloaded it off itunes to get it quicker!! As I have said before each member of the band; Charlie Harper, Alvin Gibbs, Jet and Jamie Oliver have contributed to the writing along with Lars Frederiksen of Rancid. ( Yes, the Lars Frederiksen )

The album bursts into live with Creation, a reworked version of a song previously recorded on the 2008 Warhead EP. It took time to adjust listening to this version of the song but it sure as hell wakes you up to what is to follow. Tokyo Rose is next, a very catchy track which leads into Hell Is Other People. I can personally testify to that!! Never afraid to speak his mind, Charlie just tells it how it is. Plain and simple, the way it should be. The pace slows with The Axe but not in intensity or power. Something which this album has plenty of in abundance, In typical UK SUBS style they then hit top gear with Radio Unfriendly, a fast paced track which owes so much to the talent of Jamie Oliver. Modern day radio under corporate control is indeed a sludge fest…

This Chaos, says it all about the world we live in. A co-operation between Charlie Harper & Lars Frederiksen has produced a classic social comment track.

Do we have a chance?No

To realise potential? No

Do they have freedom? No

To be what we wanna be

oh no

Guru sees Alvin Gibbs take to vocals with a self penned track about fake, self righteous guru’s who are just out for the money. There are plenty of those about who people fall victim to these days. Eighteen Wheels with it’s Dwain Eddie style guitar twang and the powerful Children Of The Flood, complete with it’s sumptuous rock style guitar solo’s from Jet lead into what for me is the best track on this album, All Blurs Into One. This album certainly doesn’t do that by any means!! It’s the longest track on the album but has subtle pace changes, backing vocals along with pure raw UK SUBS power. It builds in intensity all the way through to provide a show stopping track. I love this…  It would be great to see this performed live.

Blood is a powerful punchy track. The crowd cried out for more, with an album of this quality the crowd certainly will. Rock n Roll Whore which is another very catchy hard hitting song which makes way for the classic Sonics song Strychnine. A cover song they have played live and I’m glad to see it has made it onto the album. After 13 tracks the album finishes with track number 14 for me the weakest track on here, Robot Age. Maybe it was case of one track too far… But it has grown on me somehwhat. I’ll let you be the judge of that for yourselves.

I have seen the band live over the years and this line up for me is personally my favourite. Chalrie Harper must have played hundreds, if not thousands of gigs over the years and shows no sign of slowing down. He is always in amongst the fans talking and posing for photo’s with them as are the rest of the band. A true punk rock legend. In Jamie Oliver they have the second longest serving member of the UK SUBS only after Charlie Harper himself. Jamie is a great drummer with talent to match which comes through to the fore on this album. Jet is one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet and also an excellent guitarist. He is in full flow on this album with subtle chords and powerful guitar riffs. For me Alvin Gibbs is the best UK SUBS bass player. He gives that bit extra in terms of drive and power when he plays whilst being no mean lyricist too. It is good to here him on vocals.

So there you have it, my thoughts on the latest UK SUBS release Work In Progress. Don’t take my word for it, go buy a copy and judge it’s merits yourselves. Even better go see the band live, trust me, you won’t regret it!!! They are on FIRE…

Basically I love this band. Everyone has their favourite band and for me this is it!! Bands come and go but for me the UK SUBS are out there doing it! As Charlie says ” We’re living it!! ” Year after year. No pretence, they are what they are, an EXCELLENT band and this IS an EXCELLENT album. I would just like to congratulate Charlie, Alvin, Jet and Jamie. You can keep your corporate conveyer belt media hyped shit. This is the real deal. Punk rock’s finest!!! I can’t wait for X…

Shortly after writing this the terrible events of the earthquake and tsunami unfolded in Japan. Jet had returned to Japan for 3 months while the band toured Europe with original UK SUBS guitarist Nicky Garrett. We are all worried about him as there has been no contact with him as yet. We all hope he is safe, well and hear from him very soon.

Jez

UK SUBS PUNK FOREVER…

 

To buy a copy of the album go to http://www.captainoi.com

 

UK SUBS

Work In Progress…

 

Charlie Harper: Vocals

Alvin Gibbs: Bass

Jet: Guitar

Jamie Oliver: Drums

 

All Photographs Copyright Jez Keefe

http://www.jezkeefephotography.com/index.html

 

All NEW Devilish Presley video “The Beast Must Die”

 

UK SUBS all NEW album on sale NOW!!!

 

Whilst the Punk community sit round and eagerly await the Queens Honours List (!) to see if U.K.Subs vocalist Charlie Harper has been knighted for Services to Punk Rock the man himself has continued to tour the world relentlessly. Now up to the letter “W” in the quest for an album for every letter of the alphabet, this is undoubtedly one of Sir Charlie and co.’s best efforts to date, a real bonefide Punk Rock classic. It features a great cover of The Sonics “Strychnine”, a co-write with Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen plus a dozen Subs originals – “Work In Progress” = 14 powerful, melodic and lyrically spot on Punk Rock anthems. 35 years on and still going strong. This is a classic and you should own it.

Disk 1: CREATION | TOKYO ROSE | HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE | THE AXE | RADIO UNFRIENDLY | THIS CHAOS | GURU | EIGHTEEN WHEELS | CHILDREN OF THE FLOOD | ALL BLURS INTO ONE | ROCK N ROLL WHORE | STRYCHNINE | ROBOT AGE

 

WORK IN PROGRESS - UK SUBS

 

http://www.captainoi.com/details.asp?CatNo=AHOY+CD+310