UK Subs are an English punk band who were among the earliest in the first wave of British punk. Performing at Sala Apolo on February 11th, the London-based foursome celebrate their 40th anniversary alongside special guests TV Smith and The Bored Teenagers in an evening that guarantees ferocious guitar rhythms and machine gun-like drum beats.
Since forming in 1976, the band have established a loyal fanbase and have 25 albums under their belt. Despite various band members coming and going, 71-year-old Charlie Harper—a cockney with Mexican roots—has been the band’s lead vocalist since its inception. His continued devotion to the cause sees the group, who impressively achieved seven consecutive top 40 singles between 1979 and 1981, play up to 200 shows a year. Harper’s songs often offer wide social and political commentary, with 2013 hit ‘Coalition Government Blues’ describing former Liberal Democrats’ leader Nick Clegg as “liking his perks”.
UK Subs might not make the most cultured or sophisticated noise, but their raw, untamed and exciting sound, stuffed with Harper’s vim and vigour, has seen them outlast most of their punk peers.
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