Now then, who would have predicted back in 1976 that the UK Subs frontman Charlie Harper would still be gigging and releasing records with his band after 42 years?
It surely is an astounding accomplishment and one that sits in high regard amongst myself and my punk mates, especially as Charlie also sings for the Urban Dogs and does his own solo work too.
Chas (as fellow long term band member Alvin Gibbs refers to Charlie) is still just a normal bloke that you can easily approach and exchange some banter with. Likewise goes for his charming wife Yuko. The pair eat, sleep and in Charlie’s case drink all things punk. There’s no sign of the band slowing down. In fact now that the UK Subs have released a bundle of albums down the years with letters A to Z as their titles, were they going to stop releasing material? Yeah like heck! They’ve recently gone and released not one but two new singles – ‘The Beast’ and ‘Predator’ via the ever popular Pledge campaign. ‘The Beast’ was released in glorious red vinyl and ‘Predator’ is available in striking blue vinyl.
Charlie’s thinking is right then lads we’ve released another slab (or two) of vinyl, we’d better get out on tour! Lucky for us in Brighton, they are returning back to Patterns on Thursday 10th May. We reviewed their last appearance there, which you can read here.
In the meantime you can grab your tickets for the new appearance here: http://patternsbrighton.com/uk-subs-2/
For the record, just in case you were wondering what the UK Subs A to Z albums were:
Another Kind of Blues (1979)
Brand New Age (1980)
Crash Course (1980)
Diminished Responsibility (1981)
Endangered Species (1982)
Flood of Lies (1983)
Gross Out USA (1984)
Huntington Beach (1985)
In Action (10th Anniversary) (1986)
Japan Today (1987)
Killing Time (1988)
Live in Paris (1989)
Mad Cow Fever (1991)
Normal Service Resumed (1993)
Peel Sessions 1978-79 (1997)
Sub Mission: The Best of the U.K. Subs 1982-1998 (1999)
Time Warp: Greatest Hits (2001)
Violent State (2005)
Work In Progress (2011)
Yellow Leader (2015)
For more data on the band click here: http://www.uksubs.co.uk/