There's a superb review of our 'FEATURING CHARLIE HARPER' 7" single (T&M 015) on the brilliant Uber Rock website...
The Dugz/The Berlin Lights - ‘Featuring Charlie Harper #1’ (Time & Matter Records)
Cut on a super heavy weight slab of marbled wax this Double A side is a real treat for punk rockers, and UK Subs fans in particular. Featuring the ageless Charlie Harper (hence the name of the EP series) we find him in fine voice on The Dugz 'Caught In A War', which makes up the single’s A Side. This particular track came about after a chance encounter whilst in Ireland and its punk as fuck! On the B side or Double A (whichever way you want to look at it) The Berlin Lights turn in 'Hit The Floor' with its Stooges groove. Charlie contributes a rather splendid harmonica on what I'd go with as the standout track of the two and well worth checking out.
This is a great idea for a single release and I look forward to what else might come my way in this series. All in all it’s another quality product from those Time And Matter chaps, so pop over to their web site which is without doubt one of the finest fan sites anywhere on the internet.
The following news story appeared on the T&M homepage:
FUNGALPUNK REVIEW OF T&M 015
The Fungalpunk website has reviewed Time & Matter Records' recent 'FEATURING CHARLIE HARPER' 7" single...
A stompingly great review of T&M 015 on the fabulous Fungalpunk website...
"...'Caught In A War', a tune with direction, and of course many Subsy fragrances... ...you will do well to find any serious fault. Simple, streaked with tribute titillation and one for the long-term spikers..."
"...onto The Berlin Lights, a crew from the capital city with a rock and roll edge that is very much of the more alternative angle than routine punkage. This is a bonus, as it already highlights that the series set is not going to be anywhere near predictable - I am foaming at the mouth with glee..."
Full review also archived below:
THE BERLIN LIGHTS/THE DUGZ - SPLIT CD
An opening gambit in a set of 7" vinyl releases on the Time and Matter label featuring bands that include the assistance of one Charlie Harper (UK Subs lead lout as if you didn't know). Every release will be multi-coloured, hand numbered with an appropriate insert and of a limited edition - here we have Mr Harper playing harmonica on The Berlin Lights offering and singing lead vocals on The Dugz track. Once more Fungal will do his bit and hopefully get things somewhere in the realms of 'spot on' or, cough, cough...thereabouts!
Being a double A side it really doesn't matter where I start so, after a toss of a coin, The Dugz get the initial treatment. The Dugz (ex Prairie Dugz), a crew who hail from Scotland, have a keen 'erbert within their mix (hey up Ram) and who have got some fine fuckin' tunes in their repertoire. Here they spill up 'Caught In A War', a tune with direction, and of course many Subsy fragrances - with the introductory speed induced riff reeking of an amphetamine Girl of Tomorrow and the overall style of the song shadow imaging another style of conflict that had many 'Spoils'. This modus operandi suits the front chaps hollers and the instant it hits the turntable it invades a fans lugholes and causes that head nodding, foot stomping seal of approval very much expected. The latter segment where the guitar is chugged with more punctuating homage slowly brings proceedings to a close - you will do well to find any serious fault. Simple, streaked with tribute titillation and one for the long-term spikers.
Onto The Berlin Lights, a crew from the capital city with a rock and roll edge that is very much of the more alternative angle than routine punkage. This is a bonus, as it already highlights that the series set is not going to be anywhere near predictable - I am foaming at the mouth with glee. The song, 'Hit The Floor', begins with style that suggests you don't belong but soon drags you into the fold with an hypnotic whirl of sub-automated repetition that brings visions of futuristic venues where zombified listeners are given a new thread of life, life borne of noise! I like the grind, the inner spiral off kilter that is followed by harmonica intrusions and the regulated beat. A very opposing piece to the flip side track which is, for an avid and eclectic glutton of sound, all bloody good stuff. Again a simple formula but well delivered.
That's it - the first in, what should be, an intriguing series of sonic sensations. I hope they keep the theme varied and include many angular essences whilst getting some overlooked underdogs a little more note. I like the ethos of, as I do this CD, get stuck in ye soniceers, help the hopeless be something a little more!