On March 2nd 2017, our drummer Jamie Oliver is organising a charity skydiving event which will see him and 10 of his friends take to the skies and plummet towards the ground in order to raise money for Zoë’s Place, a local baby hospice who provide palliative, respite and end-of-life services to babies and children under the age of 5. And so in support of this most worthy of causes, photographer Andy Thorn has been so kind as to donate 25 of these awesome prints, signed by our Charlie Harper, to sell online and donate the proceeds to Zoë’s Place. With only 25 in existence we expect that these won’t be available for long so head over to the store now!
Weyhey, we’re going back to Canada!
This September we’ll be hitting the East coast, with tour dates across Ontario and Quebec. And what’s more is that we’re honoured to be joined by the awesome Finny McConnell of the Mahones on guitar!
Here are the tour dates but check out the tour page for everything you’ll need to know.
01: The Roxy – Sideroom City, Barrie, Canada
02: Rouyn Bar le Diable Rond, Rouyn-Noranda, Canada
03: Coop Katacombes, Montreal, Canada
04: L’Anti, Quebec, Canada
05: The Mansion, Kingston, Canada
06: Salle Le 4 Barils, Saguenay, Canada
07: Heriot Pub, Drummondville, Canada
08: House of Targ, Ottawa, Canada
09: The Office, London, Canada
10: Hard Luck Bar, Toronto, Canada
11: Club Absinthe, Hamilton, Canada
As you are no doubt aware by now, we are at the very tail end of an incredible campaign which has seen us write and record the 26th and final UK Subs album, Ziezo. The partnership that achieved this feat has spanned the last decade and produced the last 4 albums, providing perhaps the most stable period of UK Subs’ history.
However, as time inevitably presses on, relationships expire and new ones form. And so it is with regret that UK Subs are, by mutual agreement, to part company with guitarist Jet. This may come as a shock to some, but ultimately it is a decision that has not been taken lightly.
We’d like to thank Jet for a decade of outstanding service and wish him the very best in all of his future endeavours. We also extend our thanks to you in advance, for your ongoing support and understanding during this time.
We shall be trying out a few candidates in the coming weeks. Suffice to say we hope our next choice will allow us to continue and thrive through the next phase of UK Subs. In the meantime please do not contact us offering your services or telling us of a friend who would be perfect for the job as we have very specific criteria for what we are looking for and already have people in mind. Further updates to follow.
Charlie, Alvin and Jamie
Here is the very first review of ‘Ziezo’, written by Steve Cotton at the wonderful online music blog Art of the State.
UK SUBS – ‘Ziezo’ album (16 tracks, released April 2016)
Way back in 1979 the UK Subs released their first album ‘Another Kind Of Blues’. Followed up by ‘Brand New Age’ and ‘Crash Course’ by the time ‘Diminished Responsibility’ came around it was obvious even then to my teenage mind that the album titles were running in alphabetical order. At that time the group reaching the letter Z seemed like an impossible target. Band members joined and left with vocalist Charlie Harper being the only constant throughout. Some albums were more memorable than others but over the last few titles, as the band approached their target, a line up has emerged that really has hit their groove. Ziezo, the last full UK Subs album in the series, is a fitting finale. Full of precision hard hitting drumming, solid bass lines and choppy crunching guitar it delivers throughout. And then there is the voice of Charlie over the top, still with plenty to say and the means to deliver it. He makes a mockery of his advancing years once again on this outing.
Click here to read the full review.
The Pledge Music campaign for the UK Subs’ final album is coming to a close. There is now less than 7 days left for you to preorder any of the exclusive items listed on the pledge menu. Don’t miss out on your chance to get hold of a tri-coloured vinyl, an exclusive Ziezo shirt or hoody in gun metal grey, a hand written lyric sheet, minibook, enamel badge or badge pack before they come off sale forever. Head on over to http://www.pledgemusic.com/uksubs now!