May 08, 2013

It’s no secret that I am a big U.K. Subs fan. Another Kind of Blues was the first British punk album I heard after getting Never Mind the Bollocks… Here’s the Sex Pistols around the age of twelve. That album spoke to me to the point that when it came time to name my radio show decades later I ended up going with Stranglehold (obviously a name that continues to follow me around). Well, here we are in 2013 and Charlie Harper and the boys are still at it. With XXIV they are within two albums of completing their mission of releasing a record beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Sure, it’s going to take almost forty years, but Harper is a stubborn punk. I have no doubt he will get it done. This record sounds amazing, almost to the point where it doesn’t sound like the Subs at times. Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of songs that exude that bluesy punk swagger, but, overall, this is a harder sounding, slickly produced Subs. The more I listen to it, the more I like it, so you have to give it a chance. Overall, it just makes me happy that U.K. Subs are still a band and Charlie Harper is not only playing and writing music, but out there kicking ass at it. It gives me hope that many of us will still be able to be punks when we are in our seventies. Cheers to you Charlie!  –ty (Captain Oi!)